Riverdale, Illinois

This article is about the Cook County village. For the adjacent Chicago community area, see Riverdale, Chicago.
Riverdale, Illinois
Village of Riverdale
Motto: "A Village with a Vision"

Location in Cook County and the state of Illinois.

Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 41°38′26″N 87°37′50″W / 41.64056°N 87.63056°W / 41.64056; -87.63056Coordinates: 41°38′26″N 87°37′50″W / 41.64056°N 87.63056°W / 41.64056; -87.63056
Country  United States
State Illinois
County Cook
Townships Thornton, Calumet
  Mayor Lawrence Jackson
  Total 3.75 sq mi (9.7 km2)
  Land 3.57 sq mi (9.2 km2)
  Water 0.18 sq mi (0.5 km2)  4.80%
Population (2010)
  Total 13,549
  Density 3,795.2/sq mi (1,465.3/km2)
  Down 10.00% from 2000
Standard of living (2007-11)
  Per capita income $16,463
  Median home value $101,300
ZIP code(s) 60827
Area code(s) 708
Geocode 64278
Website www.villageofriverdale.org
Demographics (2010)[1]
White Black Asian
4.3% 93.7% 0.1%
Islander Native Other Hispanic
(any race)
0.0% 0.2% 1.7% 1.7%

Riverdale is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 13,549 at the 2010 census.[1]


Riverdale is located at 41°38′26″N 87°37′50″W / 41.64056°N 87.63056°W / 41.64056; -87.63056 (41.640684, -87.630645).[2]

According to the 2010 census, Riverdale has a total area of 3.745 square miles (9.70 km2), of which 3.57 square miles (9.25 km2) (or 95.33%) is land and 0.175 square miles (0.45 km2) (or 4.67%) is water.[3]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201513,536[4]−0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the 2010 census, there were 13,549 people, 4,595 households, and 3,204 families residing in the village. The racial makeup of the village was 4.9% White, 94.9% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.7% from other races, and 0.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.7% of the population.

There were 4,595 households out of which 36.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 24.8% were married couples living together, 37.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.3% were non-families. 25.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.92 and the average family size was 3.50.

In the village the population was spread out with 41.8% at the age 16 and over, 39.6% at the age 18 and over, 36.6% at the age 21 and over, 5.7% at the age of 62 and older, and 4.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32.8 years. The female population was 7,521 and the male population was 6,028.

The median income for a household in the village was $37,792.


Riverdale is divided between two congressional districts. Most of the city is in Illinois' 2nd congressional district; the area west of Ashland Avenue and the area southwest of 141st and Halsted Streets are in the 1st district. The local government of Riverdale consists of six elected trustees, one elected village clerk, and one elected mayor. On April 9, 2013 incumbent mayor Deyon Dean was defeated by Trustee and mayor Lawrence Jackson was sworn in on May 2, 2013

Police department

In the history of the Riverdale Police Department, one officer has been killed while on duty.

Notable people


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