Will County, Illinois
|Will County, Illinois|
Location in the state of Illinois
Illinois's location in the U.S.
|Founded||January 12, 1836|
|• Total||849.23 sq mi (2,199 km2)|
|• Land||836.91 sq mi (2,168 km2)|
|• Water||12.32 sq mi (32 km2), 1.45%|
|• Density||809/sq mi (312.5/km²)|
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Will County is a county located in the northern part of the state of Illinois. It is one of the five collar counties and is part of the Chicago metropolitan area. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 677,560, which is an increase of 34.9% from 502,266 in 2000, making it one of the fastest growing counties in the United States. The county seat of Will County is Joliet. The portion of Will County around Joliet uses the 815 and 779 area codes, 630 and 331 area code for far northern Will County, and 708 area code for eastern Will County.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Government
- 5 Townships
- 6 Municipalities
- 7 Unincorporated areas
- 8 Higher education
- 9 Transportation
- 10 Energy Infrastructure
- 11 Historic sites
- 12 Climate and weather
- 13 References
- 14 External links
Will County was formed in 1836 out of Cook and Iroquois. It was named after Dr. Conrad Will, a businessman involved in salt production in southern Illinois, and also a politician. (At that time, the law allowed slaves to be leased from other states and used in the free state of Illinois only for salt production.) Will was a member of the first Illinois Constitutional Convention and a member of the Illinois Legislature until his death in 1835. On January 12, 1836, Will County was formed from Cook County and Iroquois County. It included besides its present area, the part of Kankakee County, Illinois lying north of the Kankakee River. Will County lost that area when Kankakee County was organized in 1852, but since then its boundaries have been unchanged.
According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 849.23 square miles (2,199.5 km2), of which 836.91 square miles (2,167.6 km2) (or 98.55%) is land and 12.32 square miles (31.9 km2) (or 1.45%) is water.
The Kankakee River, Du Page River and the Des Plaines River run through the county and join on its western border. The Illinois and Michigan Canal and the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal run through Will County.
A number of areas are preserved as parks (over 20,000 acres (81 km2) total) under the Forest Preserve District of Will County. The 17,000 acres (69 km2) Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is a U.S. Forest Service park in the county on the grounds of the former Joliet Arsenal. Other parks include Channahon State Park and the Des Plaines Fish and Wildlife Area.
- DuPage County (north)
- Cook County (northeast)
- Lake County, Indiana (east)
- Kankakee County (south)
- Grundy County (southwest)
- Kendall County (west)
- Kane County (northwest)
||Kane County||DuPage County||Cook County|
|Kendall County||Lake County, Indiana|
|Grundy County||Kankakee County|
As of the census of 2000, there were 502,266 people, 167,542 households, and 131,017 families residing in the county. The population density was 600 people per square mile (232/km²). There were 175,524 housing units at an average density of 210 per square mile (81/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 81.83% White, 10.45% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 2.21% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 3.63% from other races, and 1.63% from two or more races. 8.71% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 18.1% were of German, 12.8% Irish, 10.1% Polish and 9.8% Italian ancestry.
There were 167,542 households out of which 42.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.80% were married couples living together, 9.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.80% were non-families. 17.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.94 and the average family size was 3.36.
In the county the population was spread out with 30.00% under the age of 18, 8.10% from 18 to 24, 32.90% from 25 to 44, 20.60% from 45 to 64, and 8.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 99.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.40 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $62,238, and the median income for a family was $69,608 (these figures had risen to $73,159 and $82,082 respectively as of a 2007 estimate). Males had a median income of $50,152 versus $31,345 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,613. About 3.40% of families and 4.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.60% of those under age 18 and 5.50% of those age 65 or over.
Will County is governed via a 26 member county board who are elected from one of 13 districts. Each district elects 2 members. The County Executive, County Clerk, Coroner, Auditor, Treasurer, Recorder of Deeds, State's Attorney and Sheriff are all elected in a countywide vote.
Will County is divided into these townships:
- Crystal Lawns
- Frankfort Square
- Goodings Grove
- Ingalls Park
- Lakewood Shores
- Preston Heights
- Willowbrook - not to be confused with the Village of Willowbrook, Illinois.
- Wilton Center
- Governors State University is a 6,000-student two-year Junior/Senior public university located in University Park, Illinois.
- Lewis University is a 5,200-student four-year private university located in Romeoville, Illinois.
- University of St. Francis is a 3,300-student four-year private university located in Joliet, Illinois.
- The county is in Community College District 525 and is served by Joliet Junior College in Joliet. Joliet Junior College was the first two year higher education institution in the United States.
Will County is served by 4 US Interstate Highways, 4 US Highways, and 12 Illinois Highways.
The county is a major hub in the United States natural gas pipeline grid where pipelines from Canada and the Gulf of Mexico meet and then fan out to serve the Midwest. The following major energy companies own pipeline that run through Will County:
- Alliance Pipeline
- Integrys Energy Group
- Kinder Morgan Interstate Gas Transmission
- Vector Pipeline
ExxonMobil owns and operated the Joliet Refinery which is located along the Des Plaines River just east of I-55. According to ExxonMobile, the refinery employs about 600 people and was constructed in 1972.
Braidwood Nuclear Generating Station
The following sites are on the National Register of Historic Places listings in Will County, Illinois:
|Alternate Route 66, Wilmington to Joilet||IL 53 between Wilmington and Joilet||Joliet||2006-05-05|
|Briscoe Mounds||Front Street||Channahon||1978-12-22|
|Christ Episcopal Church||75 W. Van Buren St.||Joliet||1982-08-12|
|Downtown Peotone Historic District||Roughly N. First St. and both sides of N. Second St., roughly bounded by the alley S of Main and N by North St.||Peotone||2005-11-16|
|Eagle Hotel||100-104 Water St.||Wilmington||1994-02-16|
|Fitzpatrick House||IL 53||Lockport||1984-02-09|
|Flanders House||405 W. Main St.||Plainfield||1991-11-14|
|George, Ron, Round Barn||NE of Romeoville off US 66||Romeoville||1982-12-07|
|Heck, John, House||1225 S. Hamilton St.||Lockport||1994-08-16|
|Henry, Jacob H., House||20 S. Eastern Ave.||Joliet||1979-05-14|
|Illinois and Michigan Canal||7 mi (11 km). SW of Joliet on U.S. 6, in Channahon State Park||Joliet||1966-10-15|
|Joliet YMCA||215 N. Ottawa St.||Joliet||2006-02-09|
|Joliet East Side Historic District||Roughly bounded by Washington and Union Sts., 4th and Eastern Aves.||Joliet||1980-08-15|
|Joliet Municipal Airport||4000 W. Jefferson St.||Joliet||1980-12-10|
|Joliet Steel Works||927 Collins St.||Joliet||1991-02-28|
|Joliet Township High School||201 E. Jefferson St.||Joliet||1982-08-12|
|Joliet, Louis, Hotel||22 E. Clinton St.||Joliet||1990-02-09|
|Lockport Historic District||Area between 7th and 11th Sts. and Canal and Washington Sts.||Lockport||1975-05-12|
|McGovney-Yunker Farmstead||10824 LaPorte Rd.||Mokena||2006-05-31|
|Milne, Robert, House||535 E. 7th St.||Lockport||1979-12-17|
|Ninth Street Seven Arch Stone Bridge||Ninth St. spanning Deep Run Creek||Lockport||2004-08-20|
|Peotone Mill||433 W. Corning Ave.||Peotone||1982-03-19|
|Plainfield Halfway House||503 Main St.||Plainfield||1980-09-29|
|Rubens Rialto Square Theater||102 N. Chicago St.||Joliet||1978-07-24|
|Scutt, Hiram B., Mansion||206 N Broadway||Joliet||2003-02-05|
|Small-Towle House||515 County Rd.||Wilmington||2004-05-12|
|Standard Oil Gasoline Station||600 W. Lockport St.||Plainfield||1984-11-13|
|Stone Manor||SE of Lockport||Lockport||1980-11-26|
|U.S. Post Office||150 N. Scott St.||Joliet||1981-08-20|
|Union Station||50 E. Jefferson St.||Joliet||1978-08-01|
|Upper Bluff Historic District||Roughly bounded by Taylor, Center and Campbell Sts. and Raynor Ave.||Joliet||1991-06-05|
|Will County Historical Society Headquarters||803 S. State St.||Lockport||1972-05-17|
Climate and weather
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In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Joliet have ranged from a low of 13 °F (−11 °C) in January to a high of 85 °F (29 °C) in July, although a record low of −26 °F (−32 °C) was recorded in January 1985 and a record high of 104 °F (40 °C) was recorded in June 1988. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.58 inches (40 mm) in January to 4.34 inches (110 mm) in July.
- "Will County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-11-05.
- "Was Dr. Conrad Will really worth his salt?", Ledger-Sentinel, Roger Matile, June 22, 2006
- "Census 2010 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-11-05.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved June 9, 2013.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Counties: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Retrieved June 9, 2013.
- retrieved 2007-02-13
- "Monthly Averages for Joliet, Illinois". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2011-01-27.
- 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.