North Utica, Illinois

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Coordinates: 41°20′32″N 89°0′51″W / 41.34222°N 89.01417°W / 41.34222; -89.01417
North Utica, Illinois
Utica Illinois Mill St bridge at IL route 178.jpg
Looking north through Utica
Official name: North Utica
Motto: "Historical Past Promising Future"
Country United States
State Illinois
County LaSalle
Township Utica
Elevation 476 ft (145 m)
Coordinates 41°20′32″N 89°0′51″W / 41.34222°N 89.01417°W / 41.34222; -89.01417
Area 3.47 sq mi (9 km2)
 - land 3.46 sq mi (9 km2)
 - water 0.01 sq mi (0 km2)
Population 977 (2000)
Density 648.6 / sq mi (250 / km2)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 61373
Area code 815 and 779
Location of North Utica within Illinois
Location of North Utica within Illinois
Wikimedia Commons: North Utica, Illinois

North Utica, often known as Utica, is a village in Utica Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. The population was 977 at the 2000 United States Census. It is part of the OttawaStreator Micropolitan Statistical Area.

While North Utica is the proper name for the city, advertising on nearby Interstates 80 and 39 refers to the village by its original name, Utica. In addition, people who live in the area, official Interstate signage, and signs indicating the city limits all refer to the town as Utica.[citation needed]


The town of Utica had previously been established on the banks of the Illinois River during the 1830s, but flooding and the construction of the Illinois and Michigan Canal a few miles north encouraged redevelopment of the village there as North Utica.

Utica was once the home to Hall of Fame baseball player Joseph Atkins.

Utica Tornado of 2004[edit]

There were 9 fatalities during a F3 tornado on April 20, 2004, which heavily damaged the downtown business district.


North Utica is located at 41°20′32″N 89°0′51″W / 41.34222°N 89.01417°W / 41.34222; -89.01417 (41.3422775, -89.0142070).[1]

According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 3.47 square miles (9.0 km2), of which 3.46 square miles (9.0 km2) (or 99.71%) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.026 km2) (or 0.29%) is water.[2]


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 977 people, 420 households, and 268 families residing in the village. The population density was 648.6 people per square mile (249.8/km²). There were 448 housing units at an average density of 297.4 per square mile (114.6/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.34% White, 0.31% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.61% from other races, and 1.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.05% of the population.

There were 420 households out of which 26.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.7% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.0% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the village the population was spread out with 22.1% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 25.5% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 89.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.3 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $43,182, and the median income for a family was $54,107. Males had a median income of $37,614 versus $20,074 for females. The per capita income for the village was $23,061. About 3.7% of families and 7.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.1% of those under age 18 and 4.7% of those age 65 or over.


Local attractions include Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort and Starved Rock State Park.

Utica is the location of the annual Burgoo Festival on Columbus Day weekend in October. The Burgoo Festival is a fundraising event hosted by the LaSalle County Historical Society.


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