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Kankakee County, Illinois
Kankakee County Courthouse.jpg
Kankakee County Courthouse
Map of Illinois highlighting Kankakee County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Illinois's location in the U.S.
Founded February 11, 1853
Named for Kankakee River
Seat Kankakee
Largest city Kankakee
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

681 sq mi (1,764 km²)
677 sq mi (1,753 km²)
4.8 sq mi (12 km²), 0.7
Population
 -  Density


Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.kankakee.il.us

Kankakee County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. According to the 2020 census, it has a population of 107,502.[1] Its county seat is Kankakee.[2] Kankakee County comprises the Kankakee, IL Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[]

Starting in the 1770s, if not earlier, the area that is now Kankakee County was largely populated by the Pottawatami.

French Canadian Settlers came to Kankakee County in 1834, after the federal government signed the Treaty of Camp Tippecanoe in 1832. They were soon joined by migrants from New York and Vermont, mostly locating in Momence, Illinois. In the 1840s, most of the migrants were French Canadians or Metis and they settled in such places as Bourbonnais.

An act of the Illinois Legislature created Kankakee County out of the north part of Iroquois County and the south part of Will County in February 1853. The six original townships were Yellowhead, Rockville, Bourbonnais, Momence, Aroma Park, and Limestone. The population of the new county was about 8,000. In 1855 the two western townships (Norton and Essex) were taken from Vermilion County and added to Kankakee County. The county was named for the Kankakee River.

Geography[]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 681 square miles (1,760 km2), of which 677 square miles (1,750 km2) is land and 4.8 square miles (12 km2) (0.7%) is water.[3]

Climate and weather[]

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source: The Weather Channel[4]

In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Kankakee have ranged from a low of 12 °F (−11 °C) in January to a high of 86 °F (30 °C) in July, although a record low of −29 °F (−33.9 °C) was recorded in January 1985 and a record high of 107 °F (42 °C) was recorded in August 1988. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.62 inches (41 mm) in February to 4.54 inches (115 mm) in May.[4]

Major highways[]

  • I-57.svg Interstate 57
  • US 45.svg U.S. Highway 45
  • US 52.svg U.S. Highway 52
  • Illinois 1.svg Illinois Route 1
  • Illinois 17.svg Illinois Route 17
  • Illinois 50.svg Illinois Route 50
  • Illinois 102.svg Illinois Route 102
  • Illinois 113.svg Illinois Route 113
  • Illinois 114.svg Illinois Route 114
  • Illinois 115.svg Illinois Route 115

Adjacent counties[]

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 15,412
1870 24,352 58.0%
1880 25,047 2.9%
1890 28,732 14.7%
1900 37,154 29.3%
1910 40,752 9.7%
1920 44,920 10.2%
1930 50,095 11.5%
1940 60,877 21.5%
1950 73,524 20.8%
1960 92,063 25.2%
1970 97,250 5.6%
1980 102,926 5.8%
1990 96,255 −6.5%
2000 103,833 7.9%
2010 113,449 9.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2020[1]

2000 census age pyramid for Kankakee County

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 113,449 people, 41,511 households, and 28,680 families residing in the county.[9] The population density was 167.7 inhabitants per square mile (64.7 /km2). There were 45,246 housing units at an average density of 66.9 per square mile (25.8 /km2).[3] The racial makeup of the county was 77.6% white, 15.1% black or African American, 0.9% Asian, 0.3% Native American, 4.0% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 9.0% of the population.[9] In terms of ancestry, 26.5% were German, 14.2% were Irish, 7.4% were English, 6.7% were Italian, 5.8% were Polish, and 3.6% were American.[10]

Of the 41,511 households, 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 14.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.9% were non-families, and 25.5% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.13. The median age was 36.7 years.[9]

The median income for a household in the county was $50,484 and the median income for a family was $59,998. Males had a median income of $49,858 versus $32,247 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,888. About 10.8% of families and 15.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.6% of those under age 18 and 8.4% of those age 65 or over.[11]

Communities[]

Cities[]

Villages[]

  • Aroma Park
  • Bonfield
  • Bourbonnais
  • Bradley
  • Buckingham
  • Chebanse
  • Essex
  • Grant Park
  • Herscher
  • Hopkins Park
  • Irwin
  • Limestone
  • Manteno
  • St. Anne
  • Reddick
  • Sammons Point
  • Sun River Terrace
  • Union Hill

Unincorporated Communities[]

  • Ahern
  • Altorf
  • Deselm
  • Dickeys
  • Exline
  • Garden of Eden
  • Goodrich
  • Greenwich
  • Illiana Heights
  • Illinoi (partial)
  • Indian Oaks
  • Leesville
  • Lehigh
  • Log Cabin Camp
  • Saint George
  • Sherburnville
  • Sollitt
  • Sugar Island
  • Whitaker
  • Wichert

Townships[]

Kankakee County is divided into seventeen townships:

  • Aroma
  • Bourbonnais
  • Essex
  • Ganeer
  • Kankakee
  • Limestone
  • Manteno
  • Momence
  • Norton
  • Otto
  • Pembroke
  • Pilot
  • Rockville
  • St. Anne
  • Salina
  • Sumner
  • Yellowhead

Politics[]

Although a typical prosperous Yankeecollar”-type county in the century following the Civil War, Kankakee County is currently considered a Republican-leaning swing county. In the 2008 Presidential Election, Kankakee County voted 52 percent in favor of Illinois native Barack Obama (D), giving 47 percent to John McCain (R). However, in the 2004 Presidential Election, Kankakee County voted 55 percent in favor of George W. Bush (R) and 44 percent for John Kerry (D). In 2020, President Trump won by 17 points here, increasing his 13 point margin from 2016. It's a county that has shifted more Republican, especially in the Trump Republican Party, in the last 5 years, and is safely Red.

United States presidential election results for Kankakee County, Illinois[12]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 28,532 57.02% 20,271 40.51% 1,237 2.47%
2016 25,129 53.12% 18,971 40.10% 3,205 6.78%
2012 23,136 50.68% 21,595 47.30% 923 2.02%
2008 22,527 46.80% 24,750 51.41% 861 1.79%
2004 24,739 54.93% 20,003 44.42% 294 0.65%
2000 20,049 49.89% 19,180 47.73% 954 2.37%
1996 14,595 41.41% 16,820 47.73% 3,826 10.86%
1992 15,411 38.46% 17,229 43.00% 7,431 18.54%
1988 20,316 56.82% 15,147 42.36% 292 0.82%
1984 23,807 60.02% 15,246 38.44% 612 1.54%
1980 23,810 58.25% 14,626 35.78% 2,437 5.96%
1976 23,003 54.63% 18,394 43.68% 711 1.69%
1972 26,866 66.54% 13,434 33.27% 73 0.18%
1968 20,025 52.35% 14,460 37.80% 3,765 9.84%
1964 16,082 43.61% 20,792 56.39% 0 0.00%
1960 20,311 54.23% 17,115 45.70% 26 0.07%
1956 21,993 66.39% 11,088 33.47% 47 0.14%
1952 20,279 61.44% 12,636 38.29% 90 0.27%
1948 15,699 57.71% 11,305 41.56% 197 0.72%
1944 15,256 57.16% 11,342 42.50% 90 0.34%
1940 15,998 53.62% 13,716 45.97% 124 0.42%
1936 10,935 41.21% 13,162 49.60% 2,441 9.20%
1932 10,873 43.86% 13,555 54.67% 364 1.47%
1928 11,905 53.44% 10,247 45.99% 127 0.57%
1924 12,462 67.47% 2,488 13.47% 3,521 19.06%
1920 12,853 79.33% 2,828 17.46% 520 3.21%
1916 10,594 62.28% 6,096 35.84% 319 1.88%
1912 3,178 36.41% 2,532 29.01% 3,018 34.58%
1908 5,999 68.46% 2,461 28.08% 303 3.46%
1904 6,162 74.93% 1,652 20.09% 410 4.99%
1900 5,798 67.44% 2,674 31.10% 125 1.45%
1896 5,471 68.20% 2,370 29.54% 181 2.26%
1892 3,577 54.42% 2,763 42.04% 233 3.54%



Kankakee County is in Illinois's 2nd congressional district, represented by Democrat Robin Kelly (D-Matteson).

Kankakee County has produced three governors: Len Small (R), Samuel H. Shapiro (D), and George H. Ryan (R).

In December 2016, Kankakee County became the only county in Illinois to have a Libertarian county board member when Jim Byrne of Bradley left the Republican Party to join the Libertarian Party.[13] Byrne was elected in 2016 as a Republican, and since there is no official Libertarian party in Illinois he serves as a Republican.[14]

See also[]

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Kankakee County, Illinois

References[]

Specific
  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/17/17091.html. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. 
  3. ^ a b "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/DEC/10_SF1/GCTPH1.CY10/0500000US17091. 
  4. ^ a b "Monthly Averages for Kankakee, Illinois". The Weather Channel. http://www.weather.com/weather/wxclimatology/monthly/graph/USIL0601. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census.html. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu. 
  7. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/il190090.txt. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t4/tables/tab02.pdf. 
  9. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/DEC/10_DP/DPDP1/0500000US17091. 
  10. ^ "Selected Social Characteristics in the United States – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/10_5YR/DP02/0500000US17091. 
  11. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/10_5YR/DP03/0500000US17091. 
  12. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS. 
  13. ^ "Kankakee County Board’s Byrne Joins Libertarian Party of Illinois" (Press release). Springfield, Illinois: Libertarian Party of Illinois. December 7, 2016. https://www.lp.org/kankakee-county-boards-byrne-joins-libertarian-party-of-illinois/. Retrieved April 18, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Kankakee Election Results". http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/IL/Kankakee/64640/184155/Web01/en/summary.html. 
General
  • Forstall, Richard L. (editor) (1996). Population of states and counties of the United States: 1790 to 1990 : from the twenty-one decennial censuses. United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Population Division. ISBN 0-934213-48-8. 

External links[]

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