Orland Park, Illinois

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Orland Park is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States; it also extends slightly into Will County. The population was 51,077 at the 2000 census, and estimated to be 55,461 as of 2005. The office of the Assistant Village Manager, Ellen Baer, states that the Will County section of Orland Park is industrial while the Cook County section is residential. The ZIP code is 60462 for most of the city, and 60467 for the outlying areas of town near the Will County border.

In 2006, Orland Park was awarded the title of "45th Best Place to Live In America" by Money magazine. Facilities include hiking and biking trails, wildlife refuges, greenbelts, a Sportsplex and an aquatic center, Lake Sedgewick, an ice arena, golf courses, playing fields and parks, and more. There are more than 70 malls, plazas and shopping centers, with additional shopping under construction, and more than 200 food-serving establishments.

There is a variety of housing, including single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and apartments.

Situated 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Chicago, Orland Park provides access to several interstate highways, with the I-80 east-west coast connector as its southern border. Metra’s commuter rail system links residents to Chicago’s Loop, and thereby to O’Hare and Midway airports.

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Education

Orland Park is served by four grammar school districts, Orland School District #135, Community Consolidated School District #146, Palos School District #118 and Kirby School District #140. A majority of Orland Park is within Orland School District #135.

St. Michael School is located within Orland Park. A number of other parochial schools in the region provide bus service for Orland Park students.

Orland Park is located within Consolidated High School District #230 and high school students attend Orland Park’s Carl Sandburg High School, with a small portion of the village attending A.A. Stagg High School in nearby Palos Hills. Sandburg’s ACT composite score for 2007/08 was 22.7 with SAT scores averaging 635, 644 and 630 for Critical Reading, Math and Writing, respectively.

Along with being within driving distance to the many colleges and universities in the Chicago area, a number of higher education facilities are located within the village. St. Xavier University, a longtime Chicago institution, operates a satellite campus in Orland Park as does the ITT Technical Institute. Robert Morris University, has both an Orland Park campus as well as a second facility in the village, the college’s culinary arts school. A community college education is offered at Moraine Valley Community College, in nearby Palos Hills.

Sixty percent of Orland Park households have someone with at least a Bachelor’s Degree with a significant number of residents having completed post graduate work.

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Orland Park is located in southwest Cook County in Orland Township at 41°36′42″N 87°51′15″W / 41.611582°N 87.854302°W / 41.611582; -87.854302Coordinates: 41°36′42″N 87°51′15″W / 41.611582°N 87.854302°W / 41.611582; -87.854302.[2]

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