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Location in Cook County and the state of Illinois.
Location in Cook County and the state of Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Country United States
State Illinois
County Cook
Townships Worth, Bremen
Incorporated 1928
 • Type Trustee-village
 • Total 3.07 sq mi (8.0 km2)
 • Land 3.05 sq mi (7.9 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)  0.98%
 • Total 10,950
 • Density 3,590.2/sq mi (1,386.2/km2)
  Down 2.68% from 2000
Standard of living (2007-11)
 • Per capita income $28,662
 • Median home value $172,400
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s) 708
Geocode 17-17497
Demographics (2010)
White Black Asian
87.1% 6.8% 1.0%
Islander Native Other Hispanic
(any race)
0.03% 0.2% 4.9% 8.1%

Crestwood is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 10,950 at the 2010 census. Crestwood has been cited as a success story by proponents of low taxes and minimal government, but in April 2009, the Chicago Tribune revealed that Crestwood's low taxes were due to illegally saving money on its water bills by secretly supplementing its drinking water from a well that was contaminated with toxic chemicals. "Officials in the south suburb had pumped tainted water to residents for more than two decades to avoid the cost of fixing leaky water mains."


According to the 2010 census, Crestwood has a total area of 3.078 square miles (7.97 km2), of which 3.05 square miles (7.90 km2) (or 99.09%) is land and 0.028 square miles (0.07 km2) (or 0.91%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1940 458
1950 739 61.4%
1960 1,213 64.1%
1970 5,770 375.7%
1980 10,852 88.1%
1990 10,823 −0.3%
2000 11,251 4.0%
2010 10,950 −2.7%
Est. 2015 10,984 0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the 2000 census, there were 11,251 people, 4,685 households, and 2,759 families residing in the village. The population density was 3,682.3 people per square mile (1,419.6/km²). There were 4,805 housing units at an average density of 1,572.6 per square mile (606.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 92.46% White, 4.52% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.73% Asian, 1.04% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.68% of the population.

The top five ancestries reported in Crestwood as of the 2000 census were Irish (29.4%), German (23.8%), Polish (19.8%), Italian (12.0%) and English (4.8%).

There were 4,685 households out of which 25.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.1% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.1% were non-families. 36.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the village, the population was spread out with 21.2% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 17.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 85.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.1 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $45,813, and the median income for a family was $56,030. Males had a median income of $41,448 versus $31,455 for females. The per capita income for the village was $21,995. About 2.2% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.6% of those under age 18 and 9.0% of those age 65 or over.

The Windy City ThunderBolts of the independent baseball Frontier League play at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood.

Water contamination

In April 2009, the Chicago Tribune in an investigative article titled "Poison in the Well", reported that the water from a well used to supply residents with drinking water had been contaminated with chemicals (including two linked to the known carcinogen perchloroethylene) from dry cleaning solvents. Village of Crestwood officials, including Mayor Robert Stranczek, and the former mayor Chester Stranczek, were accused of secretly and illegally using the well and lying to regulatory authorities in order to cover that up. The ensuing investigation has generated three class-action lawsuits, two wrongful death lawsuits, and several federal raids. Tricia Krause, a mother of a son who had leukemia for six years and a daughter who had a brain tumor alerted the USEPA of the wrongdoings of the Village of Crestwood officials.

In April 2013, certified water operator Frank Scaccia pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement. Crestwood's police chief and former water supervisor, Theresa Neubauer, was also found guilty of making false statements to regulators. Former Mayor Chester Stranczek was declared not fit to stand trial due to dementia.

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