Orland Park is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States; it also extends slightly into Will County. The population was 51,077 at the 2000 census, and estimated to be 55,461 as of 2005. The ZIP code is 60462 for most of the city, and 60467 for the outlying areas of town near the Will County border. In 2006, Orland Park was awarded the title of "45th Best Place to Live In America" by Money magazine.
The village of Orland Park, has a history dating back over 100 years and is now a community of just under 60,000 residents.
Facilities include hiking and biking trails, wildlife refuges, greenbelts, a Sportsplex and an aquatic center, Lake Sedgewick, an ice arena, golf courses, playing fields and parks, and more.
There is a variety of housing, including single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and apartments.
Situated 25 miles southwest of Chicago, Orland Park provides access to several interstate highways, with the I-80 east-west coast connector as its southern border. Metra’s commuter rail system links residents to Chicago’s Loop, and thereby to O’Hare and Midway airports.
There are more than 70 malls, plazas and shopping centers, with additional shopping under construction, and more than 200 food-serving establishments.
A majority of the village is located within Orland School District 135 with those living north of 135th Street being in Palos School District 118. The east side of the village, namely those east of 80th Avenue, are within Community Consolidated School District 146 and the southern end of Orland Park is part of Kirby School District 140.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 19.4 square miles (50.3 km²), of which, 19.1 square miles (49.6 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²) of it (1.49%) is water.
The main bodies of water in Orland are three lakes: Lake Sedgewick, McGinnis Slough (also referred to as 'Orland Lake' in maps) and Tampier Lake. The only moving body of water in Orland Park is the Calumet Sag Channel (or 'Cal-Sag Channel'), which is one mile (1.6 km) north of the town's northernmost limits.
Bordering communities of Orland Park include the newly formed Homer Glen to the west (in Will County), Orland Hills and Mokena (also in Will County) to the south, Tinley Park to the southeast, Oak Forest to the east, and Palos Park and Palos Heights to the north.
Orland Park has annexed land from its neighbors on a few occasions. The most recent and notable annexiations are from neighboring town Palos Park (the land was the Palos Country Club and is now the Southmore residential development) and southern neighbor Orland Hills (the land was a large, vacant farm field and is now another residential development and an upscale commercial development).
Orland Park is also home to a large amount of commercial and retail development, and can be considered the major regional retail center of Chicago's south suburbs. Among these developments is Orland Square Mall, considered by some to be the largest, most upscale shopping mall in Chicago's south/west suburbs, as well as the recently rebuilt Orland Park Place. The north end of the village is the location of the new high-end Orland Park Crossing lifestyle center, home to P.F. Chang's China Bistro and many other specialty stores. In all, Orland Park has over of retail area within its borders and is the seventh highest retail sales tax generator (in dollars) in the state of Illinois.
There were 18,675 households out of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them; 66.3% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.1% were non-families. 20.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.16.
In the village the population was spread out with 24.4% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 27.3% from 45 to 64, and 16.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 91.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.7 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $67,574, and the median income for a family was $77,507. Males had a median income of $57,275 versus $34,763 for females. The per capita income for the village was $30,467. Median value of owner-occupied housing units stands at $208,300 as compared to $130,800 nationally. About 2.1% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.9% of those under age 18 and 3.0% of those age 65 or over. Since 2000, the average household income in the Orland Park area has risen substantially to an estimated $90,917 in 2006.