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Village of Matteson
Matteson Village Hall.jpg
A Home for Business, A Heart for Family, The Underpreephs City
Country United States
State Illinois
Counties Cook
Township Rich
Incorporated 1889
 • Total 9.32 sq mi (24.14 km2)
 • Land 9.29 sq mi (24.05 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.09 km2)
 • Total 19,073
 • Density 2,054.17/sq mi (793.12/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 708
FIPS code 17-47540

Matteson is a village in Cook County, Illinois and a south suburb of Chicago. The population was 19,073 at the 2020 census.


The area encompassed by modern Matteson was settled in the mid 1800s, primarily by people of German descent. Platted in 1855, Matteson had nearly 500 residents when it incorporated as a village in 1889. The village's namesake is Joel Aldrich Matteson, who served as Illinois' tenth governor from 1853 to 1857. The 20th century saw improvements in plumbing, the electrification of the Illinois Central Railroad, and the construction of today's school district, resulting in significant population growth to more than 3,000 residents by the end of the 1960s. By 2000, Matteson was home to Lincoln Mall (opened 1973) and annexed 195 acres of land for the village.

For most of its history, Matteson's population was majority white. However, by the 2010s, the village became majority African-American. The director of Chicago Metropolis 2020, Carol Sonnenschein, stated that the desire for higher quality neighborhoods and public schools drove the black influx into Matteson. In 1980, 8,288 residents were white, comprising 84% of the village's population, while 12% of village residents were black. By 1990, Matteson, with a total of 11,400 residents, had 5,687 white residents, making up 53% of the village, a percentage decline of 31% in a ten-year span; 44% of the total number of residents in Matteson were black. By 1995 48% of the residents were black and 45% were white. In 2010, 78.72% of the residents were black and 16.3% of the residents were white.

In 1995 Matteson officials started a campaign encouraging white homeowners to buy houses in the village. Some Matteson residents, white and black, did not want their communities to become overwhelmingly black and lose racial diversity. The Chicago branches of the NAACP and some other black residents criticized the campaign, arguing it was racist. Some other critics stated that the blacks moving to Matteson were wealthier than the whites they replaced.

As of 1996, white residents were concentrated in the older, eastern portion of Matteson, while black residents generally lived in newer subdivisions located in the western portion of the village.


Matteson is located at 41°30′35″N 87°44′21″W / 41.50972°N 87.73917°W / 41.50972; -87.73917 (41.509832, -87.739267).

According to the 2010 census, Matteson has a total area of 9.354 square miles (24.23 km2), of which 9.32 square miles (24.14 km2) (or 99.64%) is land and 0.034 square miles (0.09 km2) (or 0.36%) is water. The village's topography is mostly flat.

Matteson is bordered by Park Forest and Olympia Fields to the east, Country Club Hills and Tinley Park to the north, Frankfort to the west, and Richton Park to the south.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 451
1890 323 −28.4%
1900 449 39.0%
1910 461 2.7%
1920 485 5.2%
1930 736 51.8%
1940 819 11.3%
1950 1,211 47.9%
1960 3,225 166.3%
1970 4,721 46.4%
1980 10,223 116.5%
1990 11,378 11.3%
2000 12,928 13.6%
2010 19,009 47.0%
2020 19,073 0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
2010 2020

2020 census

Matteson village, Illinois - Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010 Pop 2020 % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 2,784 1,831 14.65% 9.60%
Black or African American alone (NH) 14,833 15,641 78.03% 82.01%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 13 19 0.07% 0.10%
Asian alone (NH) 187 185 0.98% 0.97%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 8 2 0.04% 0.01%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 45 97 0.24% 0.51%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 326 495 1.71% 2.60%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 813 803 4.28% 4.21%
Total 19,009 19,073 100.00% 100.00%

Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.


Matteson was home to Lincoln Mall, which was located at Cicero Avenue and US Highway 30. Once one of the Chicago Southland's major regional shopping centers, Lincoln Mall experienced a protracted decline beginning in the 1990s and closed on January 7, 2015. Demolition of the mall site commenced in May 2017. Several big-box retailers, including Target and JCPenney, are located in close proximity to the former mall, as are hotels and low/midrise office buildings.

The 110-acre (0.45 km2) Matteson Auto Mall, just west of Interstate 57 along US Highway 30, is the largest agglomeration of automobile dealerships in Illinois. The Matteson Auto Mall was originally developed by David Miller in 2001. Valspar operates a paint manufacturing facility in Matteson.

Matteson is also the home of Park Place Realty Group LLC, which was recently featured in Black Enterprise Magazine, owned and operated by Calvin & Ro'Shunda Russell.


Matteson is home to three school districts. Elementary School District 159 and Matteson School District 162 serve separate portions of Matteson for grades PK-8. All of Matteson is within the Rich Township High School District 227.

Matteson School District 162

  • Arcadia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Matteson
  • Richton Square
  • Sauk
  • O.W. Huth

Elementary School District 159

  • Colin Powell
  • Marya Yates
  • Sieden Prairie
  • Woodgate

Rich Township High School, the only public high school operated by the high school district, serves Matteson. Previously Matteson was divided between the attendance boundaries of Rich Central High School and Rich South High School.

Residents of the village may also attend Southland College Preparatory Charter High School.

The Matteson Area Public Library District serves the community. Its current library opened in 1993. An addition with 7,500 square feet (700 m2) of space opened in 2015, bringing the total space to 30,300 square feet (2,810 m2).

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