Calumet City, IL Education and City Information

Calumet City, IL, is perhaps best known for its two large water towers painted as smiley faces. Although it has no nonprofit postsecondary schools of its own, Calumet City is within 25 miles of over 50 nonprofit colleges and universities, including the University of Chicago and Chicago State University.

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Information about Calumet City, Illinois

Calumet City, IL, lies approximately 20 miles south of Chicago in Cook County. In 2014, Calumet City had an estimated population of 37,213, based on U.S. Census Bureau figures. The majority of residents - approximately 71 percent - identified as black or African American in the 2010 census, while over 19 percent identified as white.

Maintained by the city's Parks and Recreation Department, Calumet City's Memorial Park features the aptly named Fun Center, which has batting and driving range cages, a miniature golf course and a splash pad, while the county's Green Lake Family Aquatic Center - also in Calumet City - includes a splash pool, mini waterslide, lazy river and other water features. Additionally, the city's Sand Ridge Nature Center features various interactive exhibits that highlight its wetlands and wildlife.

Education Opportunities Near Calumet City

The University of Chicago is located less than 15 miles from Calumet City. The university was U.S. News & World Report's fourth-ranked national university in 2016. This private, not-for-profit school offers bachelor's through doctoral degrees and had more than 15,000 students in Fall 2014, more than 60 percent of whom were graduate students.

Also located within a 15-mile radius of Calumet City are Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, IN, Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Chicago State University, the Northwest campus of Indiana University in Gary, IN, and the Calumet campus of Purdue University in Hammond, IN. Two-year schools include South Suburban College in South Holland, Prairie State College in Chicago Heights and the Olive-Harvey College, Kennedy-King College and Richard J. Daley College campuses of City Colleges of Chicago.

Calumet City Economy

The median household income in Calumet City was $39,530 for 2010-2014, which was significantly lower than the statewide median of $57,166. As of 2013, the city's top three industries were transportation and warehousing, manufacturing and retail trade, followed by accommodation and food services, healthcare and social assistance, administrative and support and waste management services and educational services.

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