Richton Park, Illinois

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Richton Park is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 12,533 at the 2000 census. It is bordered by Matteson to the north, Park Forest to the east, University Park and Crete to the south.



Richton Park is located at 41°28′55″N 87°43′31″W / 41.48194°N 87.72528°W / 41.48194; -87.72528 (41.481992, -87.725352)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 3.4 square miles (8.8 km²), of which, 3.4 square miles (8.7 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.59%) is water.

2008 Tornado

On Saturday June 7th, 2008, a tornado ripped through Richton Park. The tornado tore apart the Richton Square Apartments damaging 40 units and leaving at least 80 residents homeless. The tornado went through the town around 5:00 P.M. that day. It was rated as an EF2 tornado and was also responsible for knocking down two transmission towers on Interstate 57 near Monee.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 12,533 people, 4,578 households, and 3,200 families residing in the village. The population density was 3,714.7 people per square mile (1,435.9/km²). There were 4,730 housing units at an average density of 1,401.9/sq mi (541.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 21.02% White, 61.13% African American, 0.24% Native American, 1.53% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 6.33% from other races, and 9.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.86% of the population.

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