Summit, Illinois

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Summit is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 10,637 at the 2000 census. The village is best known as the setting to Ernest Hemingway's 1927 short story "The Killers".



Summit is located at 41°47′19″N 87°48′50″W / 41.78861°N 87.81389°W / 41.78861; -87.81389 (41.788530, -87.813909)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.3 square miles (5.9 km²), of which, 2.1 square miles (5.5 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (6.58%) is water. Most of "Summit" is actually in the floodplain of the Des Plaines River.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 10,637 people, 3,356 households, and 2,416 families residing in the village. The population density was 5,008.7 people per square mile (1,937.2/km²). There were 3,552 housing units at an average density of 1,672.6/sq mi (646.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 63.31% White, 12.05% African American, 0.30% Native American, 1.41% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 19.64% from other races, and 3.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 48.47% of the population, with Mexican Americans representing 44.3%.

The top three non-Hispanic, non-African American ancentries reported in Summit as of the 2000 census were Polish (11.7%), German (5.2%) and Irish (4.4%).[3]

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