Cicero, IL

Cicero, Illinois
Location within Chicagoland.The Chicagoland tristate area.
IncorporatedTown in 1869.
County, StateCook County, Illinois
TownshipCicero Township
PresidentLarry Dominick
Population (2000)85,616 (up 26.96% from 1990)
Pop. density5,650.7/km2 (14,645.2/mi2)
Zip code(s)60804
Area code708
Land Area15.2 km2 (5.8 mi2)
Lat. / long.41°50.43"N 87°45.36"W
IncomePer capita:   $12,489
Household: $38,044
Home valueMean:    $125,322 (2000)
Median: $120,200
Demographics (Full data)

Cicero is an incorporated town located in Cook County, Illinois. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 85,616. A 2003 Census estimate showed the population dipped to 83,029. Cicero is named for the town of Cicero, New York, which in turn was named for Marcus Tullius Cicero, the Roman orator.

Originally, Cicero occupied 6 times its current territory, however weak political leadership and town services resulted in towns such as Oak Park, Illinois and Berwyn, Illinois voting to split off from Cicero, and other portions such as Austin were annexed into the city of Chicago [1]

Al Capone built his criminal empire in Cicero before moving to Chicago. The 1990s saw a heavy influx of Hispanic (mostly Mexican and Central American) residents to Cicero, displacing most other ethnicities. Once considered mainly a Czech or Bohemian town on Cermak Road (22nd Street), most of the European-style restaurants and shops have been replaced by Spanish-titled businesses. Cicero most recently is seeing a new influx of residents, mostly Puerto Rican and Polish American . Cicero also has seen a revival in its commerce sector, with many brand new mini malls and large retail stores. Cicero has new condos being developed as well in the town ranging in price from $150,000 to $300,000.

Cicero has always had a reputation of government scandal. Most recently, Town President Betty Loren-Maltese was sent to federal prison for misappropriating funds. She was well-liked by retired, long-term Cicero residents, but was continually challenged by younger Hispanic opponents before her indictment.

Cicero was taken up and abandoned several times as site for a civil rights march in the mid 1960s. The American Friends Service Committee, The Rev. Martin Luther King, and many affiliated organizations, including churches, were conducting marches against housing and school de facto segregation and inequality in Chicago and several suburbs, but the leaders feared too violent a response in Chicago Lawn and Cicero. Eventually, a substantial march (met by catcalls, flying bottles and bricks) was conducted in Chicago Lawn, but only a temeritous splinter group dared march in Cicero.


Cicero is located at 41°50'43" North, 87°45'36" West (41.845232, -87.759933).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 15.2 km2 (5.8 mi2). 15.2 km2 (5.8 mi2) of it is land and none of it is covered by water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 85,616 people, 23,115 households, and 18,099 families residing in the town. The population density was 5,650.7/km2 (14,645.2/mi2). There were 24,640 housing units at an average density of 1,626.2/km2 (4,214.9/mi2). The racial makeup of the town was 48.27% White, (only 19.60% White Non-Hispanic), 1.12% African American, 0.89% Native American, 0.97% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 44.71% from other races, and 4.01% from two or more races. 77.44% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 23,115 households out of which 50.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.1% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.7% were non-families. 17.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.70 and the average family size was 4.18.

In the town the population was spread out with 34.6% under the age of 18, 12.7% from 18 to 24, 31.9% from 25 to 44, 13.6% from 45 to 64, and 7.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 26 years. For every 100 females there were 105.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $38,044, and the median income for a family was $40,883. Males had a median income of $27,424 versus $21,398 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,489. 15.5% of the population and 13.2% of families were below the poverty line. 19.5% of those under the age of 18 and 7.8% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.