Kendall County, Illinois
|Kendall County, Illinois|
Kendall County Courthouse
Location in the state of Illinois
Illinois's location in the U.S.
|Named for||Amos Kendall|
|• Total||322 sq mi (834 km2)|
|• Land||320 sq mi (829 km2)|
|• Water||2.0 sq mi (5 km2), 0.61%|
|• Density||358/sq mi (138/km²)|
|Congressional districts||11th, 14th|
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Kendall County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 114,736. Its county seat is Yorkville, and its most populous municipality is Oswego.
The county is named after Amos Kendall. Kendall was the editor of the Frankfort, Kentucky newspaper, and went on to be an important advisor to President Andrew Jackson. Kendall became the U.S. Postmaster General in 1835.
Kendall County is a small, but rapidly growing county that has the majority of its population in the northeast, and along the Fox River (the only river in the county) which runs through the northwestern section of the county. Many new subdivisions have been constructed in this county, which has produced considerable population growth. Southern Kendall still remains largely agricultural. Kendall County has two primary ranges of low-lying hills formed by what is known as an end moraine. Ransom, the more predominant of the two moraines, runs through the west and north-central part of the county. This moraine has created elevations of over 800 feet (240 m), in contrast to elevations in southern Kendall County that drop to the lower 500 feet (150 m) range. Minooka, the other major end moraine ridge in Kendall County, runs along its entire eastern border with Will County. The two moraines intersect at almost a right angle in the township of Oswego. The only designated state park in the county is Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area.
Climate and weather
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In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Yorkville have ranged from a low of 10 °F (−12 °C) in January to a high of 84 °F (29 °C) in July, although a record low of −26 °F (−32 °C) was recorded in January 1985 and a record high of 111 °F (44 °C) was recorded in July 1936. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.52 inches (39 mm) in February to 4.39 inches (112 mm) in July.
- U.S. Highway 30
- U.S. Highway 34
- U.S. Highway 52
- Illinois Route 25
- Illinois Route 31
- Illinois Route 47
- Illinois Route 71
- Illinois Route 126
- Kane County - north
- DuPage County - northeast
- Will County - east
- Grundy County - south
- LaSalle County - west
- DeKalb County - northwest
(As of December 2012) County Board members run in two districts. All other officers run county-wide:
- County Board Members: John P. Purcell, John Shaw, Judy Gilmour, Matthew Prochaska, Amy Cesich, Elizabeth Flowers, Lynn Cullick, Dan Koukol, Scott Gryder, Jeff Wehrli
- John Shaw - County Board Chairman
- Becky Morganegg - Clerk of the Circuit Court
- Ken Toftoy - Coroner
- Debbie Gillette - County Clerk and Recorder
- Richard Randall - Sheriff
- Eric Weis - State's Attorney
- Jill Ferko - Treasurer
As of the census of 2000, there were 54,544 people, 18,798 households, and 14,963 families residing in the county. (However, since then there has been a dramatic increase in the population, with 103,460 residents in 2008. The population density was 170 people per square mile (66/km²). There were 19,519 housing units at an average density of 61 per square mile (24/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.88% White, 1.32% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.88% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 3.38% from other races, and 1.34% from two or more races. 7.49% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 27.2% were of German, 12.5% Irish, 7.4% English, 5.9% Polish, 5.8% Norwegian, 5.1% American and 5.0% Italian ancestry according to Census 2000. 91.6% spoke English and 6.5% Spanish as their first language.
There were 18,798 households out of which 41.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.80% were married couples living together, 7.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.40% were non-families. 16.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.27.
In the county the population was spread out with 29.50% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 32.40% from 25 to 44, 22.10% from 45 to 64, and 8.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 98.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.90 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $64,625, and the median income for a family was $69,383 (these figures had risen to $74,539 and $81,517 respectively as of a 2007 estimate). Males had a median income of $50,268 versus $30,415 for females. The per capita income for the county was $25,188. About 2.00% of families and 3.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.50% of those under age 18 and 4.50% of those age 65 or over.
Kendall County was listed as the fastest growing county in the USA from 2000 to 2009, experiencing a population growth rate of 110.4% in this period. The reason for this growth is heavy suburbanization stemming from the metro Chicago.
- Lisbon Community Consolidated School District 90
- Newark Community Consolidated School District 66
- Newark Community High School District 18
- Oswego Community Unit School District 308
- Plano Community Unit School District 88
- Yorkville Community Unit School District 115
- School District #101
- School District #201
- School District #202
- School District #429
- School District #430 (Sandwich Community School District #430)
The northern half of the county is in Community College District 516 and is served by Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, Aurora, and Plano. The southern half is in Community College District 525 and is served by Joliet Junior College in Joliet.
The county is an 18-mile (29 km) square which is divided up into 9 townships. Each township is divided into 36 1 mile square sections, except that the Fox River is used as a Township border, resulting in Bristol being the smallest township with the extra area being assigned to Oswego and Kendall Townships. There are also two exceptions to the section grid to reflect Indian land grants under the Treaty of Prairie du Chien in 1829: the Mo-Ah-Way Reservation in Oswego Township and the Waish-Kee-shaw Reservation in Na-Au-Say Township. These areas were eventually sold to European settlers.
In popular culture
Various locations within and around the City of Plano was used as a stand-in for Clark Kent's hometown of Smallville, Kansas in the 2013 movie, "Man of Steel". Plano has also been used in the movie "Witless Protection", with both movies having been filmed in Plano's historic downtown area. Filming has also been done south of Plano at the Farnsworth House, a Modern architectural landmark for various documentaries and commercials.
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||DeKalb County||Kane County||DuPage County|
|LaSalle County||Will County|