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Harvey, Illinois
City of Harvey, Illinois
Old City Hall
Country United States
State Illinois
County Cook
Township Thornton, Bremen
Elevation 604 ft (184 m)
Coordinates 41°36′39″N 87°39′07″W / 41.61083°N 87.65194°W / 41.61083; -87.65194
Area 6.30 sq mi (16 km²)
 - land 6.30 sq mi (16 km²)
 - water 0.00 sq mi (0 km²)
Population 25,282 (2010)
Density 4,013.0 /sq mi (1,549 /km²)
Founded May 1891
 - Village May 1891
Mayor Eric J. Kellogg
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 60426–60428
Area code 708

Harvey is a city in Cook County, Illinois, United States, and a south suburb of Chicago. The population was 25,282 at the 2010 census. The city suffers from high levels of poverty (33.2%) It also suffers from high levels of crime.

Harvey is bordered by Dixmoor and Riverdale to the north, Dolton, Phoenix, and South Holland to the east, East Hazel Crest to the south, and Hazel Crest, Markham and Posen to the west.


Harvey land for sale November 8, 1890 p. 10
Advertisement by The Harvey Land Association that appeared on November 8, 1890 in the Chicago Daily Tribune.

Harvey was founded in 1891 by Christian leader Turlington W. Harvey, a close associate of Dwight Moody, the founder of the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Harvey was originally intended as a model town for Christian values and was one of the Temperance Towns; it was closely modeled after the company town of Pullman, which eventually was annexed into the city of Chicago.

The city saw its greatest growth during the 1950s, but by the 1990s it was losing population and its economy was in decline.

In the 2000s and 2010s, Mayor Eric Kellogg attempted to boost Harvey's economy with little success. Kellogg offered developers millions of dollars in incentives to revive the long vacant Dixie Square Mall. In another plan to redevelop the Chicago Park Hotel, a developer was given $10 million from the city but then abandoned the project, leaving behind a gutted building.


According to the 2010 census, Harvey has a total area of 6.3 square miles (16.32 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 5,395
1910 7,227 34.0%
1920 9,216 27.5%
1930 16,374 77.7%
1940 17,878 9.2%
1950 20,683 15.7%
1960 29,071 40.6%
1970 34,636 19.1%
1980 35,810 3.4%
1990 29,771 −16.9%
2000 30,031 0.9%
2010 25,301 −15.8%
Est. 2015 25,194 −0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

Per the 2010 United States Census, Harvey had 25,282 people. Among non-Hispanics this includes 913 White (3.6%), 19,046 Black (75.3%), 199 Asian (0.8%), 33 Native American, & 267 from two or more races. The Hispanic or Latino population included 4,799 people (19.0%).

There were 7,947 households out of which 43.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 30.1% were married couples living together, 16.5% had a female householder with children & no husband present, and 28.7% were non-families. 24.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 26.2% had someone who was 65 years of age or older.

The population was spread out with 68.5% over the age of 18 and 10.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30.8 years. The gender ratio was 48.7% male & 51.3% female. Among 7,947 occupied households, 50.1% were owner-occupied & 49.9% were renter-occupied.

As of the census of 2000, there were 30,031 people, 8,990 households, and 6,760 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,842.2 people per square mile (1,868.2/km²). There were 10,158 housing units at an average density of 1,639.6 per square mile (632.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 79.57% African American, 10.02% White, 0.26% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 7.94% from other races, and 1.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.78% of the population.

There were 8,990 households out of which 39.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.4% were married couples living together, 31.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.8% were non-families. 20.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.30 and the average family size was 3.80.

In the city, the population was spread out with 35.1% under the age of 18, 10.8% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 8.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 92.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,958, and the median income for a family was $35,378. Males had a median income of $30,610 versus $25,248 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,336. About 20.3% of families and 21.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.8% of those under age 18 and 17.6% of those age 65 or over.

Harvey in film

The Dixie Square Mall, an abandoned shopping mall in Harvey, was the location where the famous car chase scene in the movie The Blues Brothers was shot. Although the mall was closed in November 1978, the makers of the film convinced the city to allow them to shoot the scene. The mall was remodeled and filled with stores for two days in order to shoot the scene. After filming was completed, the mall was boarded up and closed again. The main precinct of the Harvey Police Department was built on part of the old parking lot during the 1990s.

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