Coal City, Illinois
|Townships||Braceville · Felix|
|Elevation||568 ft (173 m)|
|Area||5.00 sq mi (13 km2)|
|- land||4.90 sq mi (13 km2)|
|- water||0.09 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Density||1,980.1 / sq mi (765 / km2)|
|Village president||Neal Nelson|
|- summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|Area code||815, 779|
Coal City is a village located in Braceville and Felix Townships in Grundy County Illinois, United States. The population was 5,587 at the 2010 census. The Santa Fe Railway formerly served Coal City at Coal City Station.
Coal City was named for coal mines in the vicinity.
Coal City is located at  According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 5.00 square miles (12.9 km2), of which 4.90 square miles (12.7 km2) (or 98.00%) is land and 0.09 square miles (0.23 km2) (or 1.80%) is water..
As of the census of 2000, there were 4,798 people, 1,872 households, and 1,306 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,980.1 inhabitants per square mile (764.5 /km2). There were 1,958 housing units at an average density of 808.2 per square mile (312.0 /km2). The racial makeup of the village was 98.46% White, 0.13% African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.02% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.54% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.90% of the population.
There were 1,871 households out of which 36.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.2% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.2% were non-families. 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56, and the average family size was 3.10.
In the village the population was spread out with 27.5% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 32.2% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 95.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.1 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $51,921, and the median income for a family was $65,509. Males had a median income of $47,368 versus $27,476 for females. The per capita income for the village was $23,662. About 1.5% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.7% of those under age 18 and 9.7% of those age 65 or over.
References in Popular Culture
The little town of Coal City was mentioned in the classic comedy The Blues Brothers. Elwood Blues (as played by Dan Aykroyd) explains that his brother Jake (John Belushi) was in prison for holding up a gas station, and then says "He pulled that job to pay for the room service tab from that Kiwanis gig in Coal City."
For years residents of Coal City wondered if Aykroyd really said "Coal City" or said "Cal City" (a nickname for Calumet City, a much bigger city in Illinois). However, when watching the DVD of Blues Brothers with subtitles on, the text says "Coal City."
Coal City is served by Unit School District 1. There are five schools and a unit office in the school district. The Coal City Early Childhood Center services grades PK through 1st. The Coal City Elementary School services grades 2 and 3. The Coal City Intermediate School serves grades 4 and 5. Coal City Middle School has grades 6-8. Coal City High School has grades 9-12.
Coal City is the home of the Coal City High School 2010 IHSA State Champion Softball team.
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- Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 85.
- "Places: Illinois". 2010 Census Gazetteer Files. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.