University Park is a village and a south suburb of Chicago in Cook and Will counties in the U.S. state of Illinois. Located almost entirely in Will County, University Park has been the home of Governors State University since 1969. The village population was 7,129 at the 2010 census.
University Park is located at 41°26′22″N 87°41′50″W / 41.43944°N 87.69722°W / 41.43944; -87.69722 (41.439460, -87.697299).
According to the 2010 census, University Park has a total area of 10.842 square miles (28.08 km), of which 10.84 square miles (28.08 km) (or 99.98%) is land and 0.002 square miles (0.01 km) (or 0.02%) is water. The village lies on the Valparaiso Moraine, which is also the Eastern Continental Divide.
As of the census of 2010, there were 7,129 people, 2,416 households, and 1,772 families residing in the village. The population density was 657.7 people per square mile (253.9/km²). There were 2,730 housing units at an average density of 251.8 per square mile (97.2/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 6.1% White, 89.8% African American, 0.1% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.8% Asian, 0.01% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 0.7% some other race, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.5% of the population.
There were 2,416 households, out of which 49.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.9% were headed by married couples living together, 33.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.7% were non-families. 22.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.4% were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.94, and the average family size was 3.45.
In the village, the population was spread out with 33.8% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 6.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30.1 years. For every 100 females there were 80.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 73.5 males.
For the period 2007-11, the estimated median annual income for a household in the village was $49,133, and the median income for a family was $55,237. Male full-time workers had a median income of $46,901 versus $36,154 for females. The per capita income for the village was $20,083. About 19.0% of families and 19.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.6% of those under age 18 and 18.7% of those age 65 or over.