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Thornton township, IL map Land area: 47.0 sq. mi.
Water area: 0.5 sq. mi.
Population: 180,802 (all urban)
Males: 84,649  (46.8%)
Females: 96,153  (53.2%)

Occupied houses/apartments: 179,174 (133,117 owner occupied, 46,057 renter occupied)
% of renters here:

26%
State:

33%


Races in Thornton township:

  • White Non-Hispanic: 33.6%
  • Black: 57.3%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.1%
  • Asian: 0.6%
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 0.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 7.1%
  • Two or more races: 1.1%
  • Some other race: 0.1%

Median age of males: 34.2
Median age of females: 35.9

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Average household size: 2.77

Thornton township:

2.8 people
Illinois:

2.6 people

Average family size: 3.33

Estimated median household income in 2009: $47,812 ($41,791 in 1999)
This township:

$47,812
Illinois:

$53,966

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $773 (lower quartile is $650, upper quartile is $892)
Here:

$773
State:

$708

Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $158,350 (it was $93,400 in 2000)
Thornton township:

$158,350
Illinois:

$202,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $120,411 - $207,546

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $171,498
Here:

$171,498
State:

$252,233

Townhouses or other attached units: $144,465
Here:

$144,465
State:

$249,884

In 2-unit structures: $230,803
Here:

$230,803
State:

$282,193

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $276,873
Here:

$276,873
State:

$320,044

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $127,405
Here:

$127,405
State:

$280,866

Mobile homes: $72,099
Here:

$72,099
State:

$35,670

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $109,408
Here:

$109,408
State:

$62,382
Population density: 3848 people per square mile 
 
 (very high).

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This township:

11.7%
Whole state:

10.7%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This township:

6.0%
Whole state:

5.1%

Cities in this township include: Calumet City, Harvey, Lansing, Dolton, South Holland, Homewood, Riverdale.


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Number of foreign born residents: 9,926 (50% naturalized citizens)

Thornton township:  5.5%
State:  12.3%

61% of Thornton township residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 88% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 30% lived in Illinois.

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 128725
  • Northeast: 1984
  • Midwest: 16877
  • South: 20858
  • West: 1663

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $86,500

Thornton township, Illinois satellite photo by USGS

Percentage of households with unmarried partners: 5.4%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)

  • Lesbian couples: 0.3% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households

People in group quarters in Thornton township, Illinois:

  • 1,166 people in nursing homes
  • 142 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 66 people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children
  • 62 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 45 people in state prisons
  • 38 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 31 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 31 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 21 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 21 people in other group homes
  • 5 people in religious group quarters

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 46,348
  • One, attached: 1,305
  • Two: 3,546
  • 3 or 4: 4,159
  • 5 to 9: 4,462
  • 10 to 19: 3,184
  • 20 to 49: 1,898
  • 50 or more: 2,097
  • Mobile homes: 1,543
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 4

Median worth of mobile homes: $11,600


Housing units in Thornton township with a mortgage: 28,605 (3,261 second mortgage, 2,391 home equity loan, 109 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 11,262

Year house built

  • 1999 to March 2000: 379
  • 1995 to 1998: 1,138
  • 1990 to 1994: 1,022
  • 1980 to 1989: 4,316
  • 1970 to 1979: 14,331
  • 1960 to 1969: 17,435
  • 1950 to 1959: 15,493
  • 1940 to 1949: 6,427
  • 1939 or earlier: 8,005

Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Thornton township, Illinois:

  • 1 room: 39
  • 2 rooms: 319
  • 3 rooms: 1,333
  • 4 rooms: 4,030
  • 5 rooms: 13,301
  • 6 rooms: 12,132
  • 7 rooms: 7,994
  • 8 rooms: 4,471
  • 9 or more rooms: 2,712

Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Thornton township, Illinois:

  • 1 room: 319
  • 2 rooms: 1,215
  • 3 rooms: 3,768
  • 4 rooms: 5,596
  • 5 rooms: 4,556
  • 6 rooms: 1,804
  • 7 rooms: 669
  • 8 rooms: 233
  • 9 or more rooms: 199

Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses and condos in Thornton township:

  • no bedroom: 175
  • 1 bedroom: 1,359
  • 2 bedrooms: 9,716
  • 3 bedrooms: 26,943
  • 4 bedrooms: 6,929
  • 5 or more bedrooms: 1,209

Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Thornton township:

  • no bedroom: 446
  • 1 bedroom: 5,402
  • 2 bedrooms: 8,170
  • 3 bedrooms: 3,618
  • 4 bedrooms: 598
  • 5 or more bedrooms: 125

Cars and other vehicles available in Thornton township in owner-occupied houses/condos:

  • no vehicle: 2,954
  • 1 vehicle: 17,483
  • 2 vehicles: 18,540
  • 3 vehicles: 5,838
  • 4 vehicles: 1,172
  • 5 or more vehicles: 344

Cars and other vehicles available in Thornton township in renter-occupied apartments

  • no vehicle: 4,060
  • 1 vehicle: 10,086
  • 2 vehicles: 3,555
  • 3 vehicles: 493
  • 4 vehicles: 83
  • 5 or more vehicles: 82

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

Most common industries for males (%):



  • Construction (10%)
  • Metal and metal products (5%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Other transportation, and support activities, and couriers (4%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (4%)
  • Health care (4%)

Most common industries for females (%):



  • Health care (18%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Finance and insurance (10%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Social assistance (4%)

Most common occupations for males (%)



  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (4%)

Most common occupations for females (%)



  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (8%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (7%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (4%)
  • Registered nurses (4%)
  • Cashiers (4%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (4%)

Class of Workers

Most common first ancestries reported in Thornton township:

  • Polish (6.8%)
  • German (5.4%)
  • Irish (4.3%)
  • Dutch (3.8%)
  • Italian (3.4%)
  • African (1.6%)
  • United States or American (1.5%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents:

  • Mexico (47%)
  • Nigeria (5%)
  • Poland (4%)
  • Jamaica (4%)
  • Italy (3%)
  • Haiti (2%)
  • Philippines (2%)

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 53,896 (72%)
  • Carpooled: 9,058 (12%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 2,686 (4%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 45 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 1,300 (2%)
  • Railroad: 4,218 (6%)
  • Ferryboat: 28 (0%)
  • Taxi: 146 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 12 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 117 (0%)
  • Walked: 1,461 (2%)
  • Other means: 552 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 1,461 (2%)

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (89%)
  • Electricity (9%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1%)

People in group quarters in Thornton township, Illinois:

  • 1,166 people in nursing homes
  • 142 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 66 people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children
  • 62 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 45 people in state prisons
  • 38 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 31 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 31 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 21 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 21 people in other group homes
  • 5 people in religious group quarters

89.1% of residents of Thornton township speak English at home.
6.8% of residents speak Spanish at home (57% speak English very well, 22% speak English well, 15% speak English not well, 5% don't speak English at all).
2.8% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (71% speak English very well, 22% speak English well, 6% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
0.5% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (54% speak English very well, 31% speak English well, 10% speak English not well, 5% don't speak English at all).
0.7% of residents speak other language at home (69% speak English very well, 22% speak English well, 5% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).

Household type by relationship:

Households: 179,168
  • In family households: 158,109 (29,061 male householders, 17,156 female householders)
    29,855 spouses, 62,510 children (57,586 natural, 2,143 adopted, 2,781 stepchildren), 7,014 grandchildren, 2,312 brothers or sisters, 1,732 parents, 4,062 other relatives, 4,407 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 21,059 (7,440 male householders (6,318 living alone)), 11,048 female householders (10,160 living alone)), 2,571 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 1,634 (1,337 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 16,174 2-persons, 11,341 3-persons, 9,238 4-persons, 5,118 5-persons, 2,616 6-persons, 1,730 7-or-more-persons,

Size of nonfamily households: 16,478 1-person, 1,692 2-persons, 206 3-persons, 49 4-persons, 26 5-persons, 21 6-persons, 16 7-or-more-persons,

26,689 married couples with children.
17,169 single-parent households (2,741 men, 14,428 women).


Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 4,046
Here:

16.1%
Illinois:

13.4%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 1,180
Here:

10.1%
Illinois:

11.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 1,658
Here:

19.2%
Illinois:

25.8%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninst.)


Year Householders Moved Into Unit in Thornton township:

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