Flossmoor, Illinois

Flossmoor (/ˈflɒsmɔːr/) is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States and a south suburb of Chicago. The population was 9,464 at the 2010 census.[3]

Flossmoor, Illinois
Location of Flossmoor in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 41°32′30″N 87°41′6″W
Country United States
TownshipRich, Bloom
  MayorPaul Braun
  Total3.66 sq mi (9.48 km2)
  Land3.66 sq mi (9.48 km2)
  Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)  0%
  Density2,557.22/sq mi (987.28/km2)
 Up 1.80% from 2000
Standard of living (2007-11)
  Per capita income$55,187
  Median home value$288,900
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s)708
FIPS code17-26571
Demographics (2018)[3]
White Black Asian
40.5% 56.7% 1.8%
Islander Native Other Hispanic
(any race)
0.02% 0.2% 3.2% 4.1%

The village is renowned for the quality and architectural variety of its housing stock, as well as its proximity to numerous country clubs. The village is considered to be a wealthy predominantly African American community and has one of the highest black homeownership rates in the country.


Flossmoor is located at 41°32′30″N 87°41′6″W (41.541684, -87.684970).[4]

According to the 2010 census, Flossmoor has a total area of 3.66 square miles (9.48 km2), all land.[5] Flossmoor has a station on the Metra Electric Main Line, which provides easy access to the Chicago Loop and the University of Chicago.


Although Flossmoor's founding and settlement can be traced to the 19th-century, the city was first recognized as an affluent community in the 1920s when it became known as a cultural and recreational mecca of elite country clubs and stately golf courses. The 1920 PGA Championship and the Western Open golf tournaments of 1906 and 1912 were held in town. Flossmoor was incorporated as a village in 1924.[6] In the years since, Flossmoor has gained recognition from area real estate and tourist concerns as the "status" suburb of south/southwest suburban Chicago[7] but also as one of "the fashionable places to "Live In" nationally. By the 1970s, Flossmoor had transitioned from a white Protestant community to the home of many Jewish Americans and Italian Americans. As of the dawn of the 21st Century, Flossmoor's population is predominantly African American.[8]


Historical population
Est. 20189,237[2]−2.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

As of the census of 2010, there were 9,464 people, 3,447 households, and 2,670 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,585.8 people per square mile (998.4/km²). There were 3,677 housing units at an average density of 1004.6 per square mile (387.1/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 46.4% White, 47.8% African American, 0.1% Native American, 2.5% Asian, 0.9% some other race, and 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.2% of the population.[3]

There were 3,447 households, out of which 37.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.4% were headed by married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.5% were non-families. 20.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.4% were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74, and the average family size was 3.18.[3]

In the village, the population was spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 17.1% from 25 to 44, 34.5% from 45 to 64, and 15.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45.1 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.6 males.[3]

During the period 2007–11, an estimated 66.3% of the adult population had at least a bachelor's degree, and 35.9% held a graduate or professional degree as well.[10]

During this time, the estimated median annual income for a household in the village was $110,083, and the median income for a family was $122,091. Male full-time workers had a median income of $85,104 versus $62,604 for females. The per capita income for the village was $55,187. About 1.4% of families and 2.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.5% of those under age 18 and 2.5% of those age 65 or over.[11]


Flossmoor is in Illinois's 2nd congressional district. It has an elected mayor, Paul Braun, and elected village trustees, as well as a professional village manager, Bridget Wachtel.[12][13]


Children in grades K-8, attend schools under the jurisdiction of public school district 161. School District 161 has four elementary schools, Western Avenue, Serena Hills, Flossmoor Hills, and Heather Hill, all of which serve students in grades K-5. After attending elementary school, students go to Mardell M. Parker Junior High School, which serves children in grades 6-8.

The majority of students in the area then go on to attend the local public high school, Homewood-Flossmoor High School (School District #233),[14] which is a three-time recipient of the U.S. Department of Education's Blue Ribbon Award for excellence.

Flossmoor is home to Infant Jesus of Prague School, a private, Roman Catholic K-8 school operated by the Infant Jesus of Prague Parish. IJP, as the school is known, is a two-time winner of the U.S. Department of Education's Blue Ribbon Award.

Notable people


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  2. "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved August 16, 2019.
  3. "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Flossmoor village, Illinois". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved March 7, 2013.
  4. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
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  6. Miranda, Juliette. Flossmoor: Community Guide Elgin, IL: Village Profile, Inc., 2006. p. 10
  7. McFarland, Lanning Jr. Chicagoland's Community Guide. Chicago: The Law Bulletin Publishing Co., 1972. p. 238
  8. Thompson, Jacqueline. The Very Rich Book. New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1981. p. 192. ISBN 0-688-00072-X
  9. "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  10. "Selected Social Characteristics in the United States: 2007-2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates (DP02): Flossmoor village, Illinois". US Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved March 7, 2013.
  11. "Selected Economic Characteristics: 2007-2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates (DP03): Flossmoor village, Illinois". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved March 7, 2013.
  12. "Village Board | Flossmoor, IL - Official Website". www.flossmoor.org. Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  13. "Flossmoor Board of Trustees - Minutes of meeting Jan 2018".
  14. "Boundary Map." Homewood-Flossmoor High School. Retrieved on March 10, 2019.
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