The Village has expanded outward from its historic core; most of the newer homes are on the Village’s periphery. Lemont, for the most part, escaped the teardown craze that swept the region over the last decade or so. Many charming homes, dating from the 1870s through the first half of the twentieth century, and built in a variety of residential styles of architecture, fill areas near the downtown. In 2002 Lemont established a historic district to protect these residential areas as well as the older commercial buildings in the downtown. In 2007 the Village strengthened its zoning regulations to further protect the older, established neighborhoods from the introduction of out-of-scale and out-of-character development.
The recent, rapid growth of Lemont is reflected in the housing stock. Over half of the total number of housing units reported in the 2000 Census were built between 1980 and March 2000.
Household Size & Type
The average household size in Lemont is 2.76 persons, according to the 2010 Census. This is higher than the state average. The reason Lemont has a comparatively high household size is likely because Lemont is a community filled with families. As reported in the 2010 Census, only 20.8% of households in Lemont are occupied by people who live alone; 75.7% of households are filled by families. Of the families in Lemont, 35.5% included children under 18 years of age.
Housing Tenure (Home Ownership)
Roughly 83% of people in Lemont own the homes in which they live. Just over 16% rent their homes. The most recent statewide home-ownership rate for Illinois is 67.5%, as reported in the 2010 Census.