Ford Heights (formerly East Chicago Heights) is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States and a south suburb of Chicago. The population was 2,763 at the 2010 census, down from 3,456 in 2000. It is located approximately 25 miles (40 km) south of downtown Chicago and is part of the Chicago–Naperville–Joliet, IL-IN-WI Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Ford Heights is located at 41°30′33″N 87°35′17″W / 41.509285°N 87.587938°W / 41.509285; -87.587938.
According to the 2010 census, Ford Heights has a total area of 1.95 square miles (5.05 km), all land. The village lies on the edge of the Tinley Moraine.
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,456 people, 984 households, and 779 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,954.9 people per square mile (753.9/km²). There were 1,019 housing units at an average density of 576.4 per square mile (222.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 1.77% White, 95.89% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 1.16% from other races, and 1.01% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.52% of the population.
There were 984 households out of which 48.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 21.5% were married couples living together, 49.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.8% were non-families. 18.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.51 and the average family size was 3.98.
In the village, the population was spread out with 45.3% under the age of 18, 11.2% from 18 to 24, 22.7% from 25 to 44, 14.0% from 45 to 64, and 6.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 21 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 70.1 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $17,500, and the median income for a family was $16,706. Males had a median income of $28,750 versus $20,243 for females. The per capita income for the village was $8,938. About 45.1% of families and 49.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 62.0% of those under age 18 and 29.1% of those age 65 or over. This is one of the highest rates in an urban area in the United States.