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Harvey, Illinois

Harvey, Illinois
Country United States
State Illinois
County Cook
Township Thornton, Bremen
Elevation 604 ft (184 m)
Area 6.30 sq mi (16 km2)
 - land 6.30 sq mi (16 km2)
 - water 0.00 sq mi (0 km2)
Population 25,282 (2010)
Density 4,013.0 / sq mi (1,549 / km2)
Founded May 1891
 - Village May 1891
Mayor Eric J. Kellogg
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 60426–60428
Area code 708
Location in Cook County and the state of Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
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Website: .org.cityofharveywww

Harvey is a south suburb of Chicago, located in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 25,282 at the 2010 census.[1] The city suffers from high levels of poverty (33.2%)[2] and unemployment (22.0%).[3] It also suffers from high levels of crime.[4]

Harvey is bordered by Dixmoor and Riverdale to the north, Dolton, Phoenix, and South Holland to the east, East Hazel Crest to the south, and Hazel Crest, Markham and Posen to the west.


  • Geography 1
  • History 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Government 4
  • Transportation 5
  • Notable people 6
  • Education 7
  • Harvey in film 8
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11


Harvey is located at (41.610934, −87.651895).[5]

According to the 2010 census, the city has a total area of 6.30 square miles (16.3 km2), all land.[6]


Advertisement by The Harvey Land Association that appeared on November 8, 1890 in the Chicago Daily Tribune.

Harvey was founded in 1891 by Christian leader Turlington W. Harvey, a close associate of Dwight Moody, the founder of the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Harvey was originally intended as a model town for Christian values and was one of the Temperance Towns; it was closely modeled after the company town of Pullman, which eventually was annexed into the city of Chicago.[7]

The city saw its greatest growth during the 1950s, but by the 1990s it was losing population and its economy was in decline.

In the 2000s and 2010s, Mayor Eric Kellogg attempted to boost Harvey's economy with little success. Kellogg offered developers millions of dollars in incentives to revive the long vacant Dixie Square Mall.[8] In another plan to redevelop the Chicago Park Hotel, a developer was given $10 million from the city but then abandoned the project, leaving behind a gutted building.[9]


Per the 2010 United States Census, Harvey had 25,282 people. Among non-Hispanics this includes 913 White (3.6%), 19,046 Black (75.3%), 199 Asian (0.8%), 33 Native American, & 267 from two or more races. The Hispanic or Latino population included 4,799 people (19.0%).

There were 7,947 households out of which 43.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 30.1% were married couples living together, 16.5% had a female householder with children & no husband present, and 28.7% were non-families. 24.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 26.2% had someone who was 65 years of age or older.

The population was spread out with 68.5% over the age of 18 and 10.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30.8 years. The gender ratio was 48.7% male & 51.3% female. Among 7,947 occupied households, 50.1% were owner-occupied & 49.9% were renter-occupied.[12]

As of the census[13] of 2000, there were 30,000 people, 8,990 households, and 6,760 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,842.2 people per square mile (1,868.2/km²). There were 10,158 housing units at an average density of 1,639.6 per square mile (632.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 79.57% African American, 10.02% White, 0.26% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 7.94% from other races, and 1.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.78% of the population.

There were 8,990 households out of which 39.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.4% were married couples living together, 31.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.8% were non-families. 20.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.30 and the average family size was 3.80.

In the city the population was spread out with 35.1% under the age of 18, 10.8% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 8.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 92.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,958, and the median income for a family was $35,378. Males had a median income of $30,610 versus $25,248 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,336. About 20.3% of families and 21.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.8% of those under age 18 and 17.6% of those age 65 or over.


Harvey is in Illinois' 2nd congressional district.

The city faces severe financial problems.[14] It failed to fund its police and fire pensions from 2010 to 2013, paying just $140 of its $10.1 million required contributions.[15] Since 2007, it has refused to audit its municipal finances as required by the state[16] - the federal Securities and Exchange Commission alleges that during this time there was "a scheme to divert bond proceeds for improper purposes."[17] As of September 2014, some aldermen were concerned the city could soon be unable to make payroll.[18]


Harvey is served by two stations along the Metra Electric University Park line to Chicago. One is at 147th Street (a.k.a. Sibley Boulevard) and Clinton Street, and the other is at Park Avenue and 154th Street.

Three major north-south streets in Chicago venture as far south as Harvey in some capacity. Halsted Street (Illinois Route 1) runs through the east side of town. Dixie Highway, as it is known in Harvey, is Western Avenue in Chicago. Finally, Chicago's Ashland Avenue becomes Wood Street in Harvey. The reason for this is a surveyor's error along the line where Interstate 57 is now located; Harvey's street names and numbers conform to the section lines rather than actual distance from Chicago's base lines (as indicated by the jogs in Halsted Street near 150th Street and 159th Street between Harvey and Markham, as examples). Harvey's own Ashland Avenue serves as the east-west dividing line for house numbering.

Notable people


Harvey Public School District 152 operates public elementary schools in most of Harvey. A portion of Harvey is within the Posen-Robbins School District 143½.[19]

Thornton Township High Schools District 205 operates the public high school. The portion under the Posen-Robbins School District 143½ is a part of the Bremen High School District 228.

Harvey is located within Illinois Community College District 510.

Harvey in film

The Dixie Square Mall, an abandoned shopping mall in Harvey, was the location where the famous car chase scene in the movie The Blues Brothers was shot. Although the mall was closed in November 1978, the makers of the film convinced the city to allow them to shoot the scene. The mall was remodeled and filled with stores for two days in order to shoot the scene. After filming was completed, the mall was boarded up and closed again. The main precinct of the Harvey Police Department was built on part of the old parking lot during the 1990s.

See also


  1. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Harvey city, Illinois". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ How many people are living in poverty in Harvey, Illinois?
  3. ^ Harvey, IL Jobs, Unemployment Rates & Median Household Income
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  6. ^ "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer Files for Places – Illinois". United States Census. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  7. ^ Gilbert, James (1991). Perfect Cities: Chicago's Utopias of 1893. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. pp. 192–198. 
  8. ^ H. Lee Murphy. New retail in store for Dixie Mall site. Crain's Chicago Business, March 27, 2006.
  9. ^ Harvey hotel deal rife with red flags - Chicago Tribune
  10. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  11. ^ "US Census Bureau". 
  12. ^ American FactFinder - Results
  13. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  14. ^ SEC accuses City of Harvey, comptroller of fraud | Early & Often
  15. ^ Dozens of suburban police and fire pension funds drying up | Early & Often
  16. ^ Harvey status quo aided by state, feds - Chicago Tribune
  17. ^ Feds turn up heat on suburban bookkeeper’s role in water agency | Early & Often
  18. ^
  19. ^ "Welcome to Posen-Robbins School District 143.5." Posen-Robbins School District 143½. Retrieved on February 24, 2013.

External links

  • City of Harvey official website
  • Harvey Public Library District
  • Dixie Square Mall Documentary Film site
  • Additional information about Harvey
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