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Blue Island is a city in Cook County, in the Chicago metro area.
Blue Island was named for its location on a glacial ridge, which rises like an island above the flat plain.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Illinois named Blue Island. For links to other places called Blue Island, IL, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Blue Island is 41.657N. The longitude is -87.68W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 640 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 23,175.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Blue Island demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Cook County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Chicago area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 60472 ZIP code.
11% of Blue Island residents report German ancestry, and 10% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Blue Island ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Blue Island was $16,156, compared with $21,587 nationally.
12% of Blue Island residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Median rent in Blue Island, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $521. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,062.
Libraries in Blue Island include Blue Island Public Library ... View libraries
Cook County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Blue Island political report.
The average commute time for Blue Island workers is 32 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 3 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Blue Island between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 1.3 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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