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Countryside is a city in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 5,895 at the 2010 census.
The land where Countryside sits was originally inhabited by the Potawatomi Indians and later by early American pioneers in the beginning of the 19th century. Settler Joseph Vial and his family were among the first non-native people to settle in the Countryside area in 1833.
The area remained large expanses of rural farmland until the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, when the fire sent thousands of city dwellers into what is now west suburban Chicago. Land sold for only $2 an acre, which made areas such as Countryside a welcome respite from the congestion and industry in Chicago.
Despite the settlement of these early Countryside inhabitants, the area largely remained a quiet farming community until the post-World War II era when suburban areas such as Countryside began to experience explosive growth. The area's first residential subdivision was LaGrange Terrace, built in 1947; it was later followed by the Don L. Dise and Edgewood Park subdivisions in the 1950s.
The City of Countryside was officially incorporated in 1960.
Around 1917, the Marx Brothers family (later a famous comedy team) bought a chicken farm near Joliet Road (Route 66) and La Grange Road. Groucho Marx later claimed that the brothers spent too much time at Wrigley Field watching the Chicago Cubs to make the farm economically viable.
According to the 2010 census, Countryside has a total area of 2.88 square miles (7.46 km2), all land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 5,991 people, 2,661 households, and 1,604 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,226.7 people per square mile (859.9/km²). There were 2,818 housing units at an average density of 1,047.4 per square mile (404.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.29% White, 2.15% African American, 0.10% Native American, 1.55% Asian, 2.19% from other races, and 1.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.84% of the population.
The top four ancestries reported in Countryside as of the 2000 census were Polish (19.4%), German (17.9%), Irish (15.7%) and Italian (10.2%).
There were 2,661 households out of which 23.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.0% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.7% were non-families. 34.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.93.
In the city, the population was spread out with 19.9% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 28.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $45,469, and the median income for a family was $64,535. Males had a median income of $46,604 versus $30,148 for females. The per capita income for the city was $25,449. About 2.4% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.8% of those under age 18 and 2.7% of those age 65 or over.
The International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 150 is based in Countryside at 6200 Joliet Road.
Countryside Shopping Center is a large draw for regional shopping.
Countryside is in Illinois' 3rd congressional district.
Countryside is served by La Grange School District 105. Elementary students attend Ideal Elementary School in Countryside. Middle school students attend William F.Gurrie Middle School in La Grange. High school students move onto Lyons Township High School District 204 which has campuses in La Grange, and Western Springs.
Countryside is served by the Pleasantview Fire Protection District, founded in 1946. It is directed by a Board of Trustees which is elected by the areas which make up the district. The fire district currently maintains three stations in its coverage area.
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