Palos Park Mayor John Mahoney announced the village has 4,899 residents, according to the 2020 census. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Palos Park Mayor John Mahoney announced the village has 4,899 residents, according to the 2020 census. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Palos Park sees small population increase from 2010

By Jeff Vorva

Palos Park had a small uptick in population growth in the past decade.

But it still broke a record.

Mayor John Mahoney announced at the Oct. 25 village council meeting that it reached a record population of 4,899, according to the 2020 census. He said that it was 52 more than the 2010 census.

In that decade, the village annexed land that housed golf courses including Cog Hill and forest preserve property.

“I thought it would be more,” Mahoney said about the 2020 figures. “But what we annexed certainly didn’t include a lot of people.”

According to the census, Palos Park was ranked 340th in the state for most population.

From 2015-2019, the median age was 53.6 and the median income per household was $102,361.

In 2000, the population was 4,689. In 1990, it was 4,199.

The first census in 1920 had the village at 240 people. The biggest boom was between 1950 and 1960 when it grew from 854 to 2,169 — a whopping 154 percent increase.

The only time in the village’s history that it lost residents was between 1970 and 1980 when the population dropped from 3,297 to 3,150.

Still searching

Commissioner James Pavlatos died Aug. 31 after a battle with cancer.

Since his death, two of the next four meetings were cancelled, one for a lack of quorum.

A replacement could be coming soon, but Mahoney said he wants the council to select the right person.

“I would say that we’re still in the process,” Mahoney said. “Some people have inquired and we’re reaching out. It’s a process and we’re not rushing it. We know it should be done soon, but I’m not sure we will have it done before the next meeting [Nov. 8]. Probably in a couple of meetings.”

Pavlatos was head of the Accounts and Finance Committee.

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