Olympia Fields, Illinois

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Olympia Fields is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 4,732 at the 2000 census. It is the location of the prestigious Olympia Fields Country Club, and is also noteworthy as one of the wealthiest majority black communities in the United States.

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History

Investors in the 1910s sought land in what is now Olympia Fields for a golf course catering to Chicago's elite. Among these investors was Charles Beach, who envisioned a residential community to surround the golf course. The golf course and club was established in 1915. Its name, Olympia Fields Country Club, was selected by University of Chicago coach Alonzo Stagg.[1]

In 1927, the Olympia Fields residential community formally completed the process of incorporation as a village. Charles Beach was the village's first president.

Geography

Olympia Fields is located at 41°31′6″N 87°41′34″W / 41.51833°N 87.69278°W / 41.51833; -87.69278 (41.518290, -87.692744)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.8 square miles (7.4 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 4,732 people, 1,696 households, and 1,380 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,665.3 people per square mile (643.3/km²). There were 1,915 housing units at an average density of 673.9/sq mi (260.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 42.65% White, 52.11% African American, 0.04% Native American, 3.38% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.57% from other races, and 1.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.82% of the population.

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