Worth, with a population of about 11,000 people, is a Cook County suburb of Chicago. Worth is a south suburban community nestled between Chicago Ridge, Palos Hills and Palos Heights, Illinois. Interstate 294 connects Worth to Chicago’s south suburban communities and the City of Chicago.
The estimated annual household income in Worth in 2012 was $53,149 compared to $55,137 statewide. The mean price of housing units in Worth in 2012 was $210,216; for detached houses it was $234,017. The median gross rent was $897.
The zip code in Worth is 60482. The racial makeup of Worth is: 82 percent white, 13.2 percent Hispanic, 2.2 percent black, 1.4 percent Asian, two or more races 0.7 percent.
The Village of Worth operates under a president-trustee form of government with a mayor, a village clerk and a village board composed of six trustees elected at large.
Worth has many employers led by the construction and manufacturing industries. Also Worth is credited with a robust retail and transportation warehousing industry.
Worth and the land in which the village occupies, has always been historically significant. Worth was once one of Lake Michigan's ancient beaches rising 40 feet over Lake Michigan. Since that ancient time, Worth is now landlocked and has no Lake Michigan beachfront, although it remains a short drive to beaches nearby.
In 1835 John Blackstone purchased the land in one of the first recorded land sales. A year later, it was sold to Dewitt Lane and was known then as Lane's Island.
In 1850, lands outside the Chicago area were designated with township names. Worth was named after Gen. William Jenkins Worth.
In 1858, John Crandall built the first home on 111th Street, and 31 additional residential homes soon followed. In 1883 the town's population was around 100 residents. In 1914, with the population around 300, residents founded the Village of Worth.
The area added population with the construction of the I&M (Illinois & Michigan) Canal in the 1830s, the Wabash Railroad at the turn of the twentieth century, the Worth Horse Race Track (now Holy Sepulchre Cemetery), and the construction of the Calumet Sag Canal in 1911.
The Village of Worth is surrounded by historic waterways, according to the village website. Its north border touches a 14,000-year-old waterway known as Stony Creek. Worth's south border is the Calumet-Sag Channel, which was completed in 1922 and is an intricate part of the Illinois Waterway System. Worth is also home to one of the five Metropolitan Water District's aeration waterfalls.
Worth is served by several well-respected hospitals that include, Palos Community Hospital, MetroSouth Medical Center and Ingalls Memorial Hospital. All three hospitals are staffed with acute care facilities.
Amtrak stations near Worth are plentiful. Worth is served by the Metra Southwest line, with trains regularly running into Union Station in Chicago’s downtown Loop. Worth is also served by Pace bus lines, which are part of the Chicago Transit Authority’s mass transportation services in the regional suburbs.
The Worth Public Library District has more than 48,000 books. Worth also is notable for its public schools with both elementary and middle schools conveniently located within the community.
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