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Overview

Introduction to La Salle, Illinois

Located in La Salle county, La Salle, Illinois, is 50 miles SW of Aurora, Illinois (center to center) and 83 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois.

La Salle History

La Salle was named after the French explorer, Robert de LaSalle. The city was designated in 1830, and was officially incorporated into the state in 1852. Its development began with the establishment of the Matthiessen and Hegeler Zinc Company, by Frederich W. Matthiessen and Edward C. Hegeler. The company remained one of the largest employers in La Salle until the time of its closure in the year 1960.

La Salle and nearby Attractions

  • Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail
  • Starved Rock State Park
  • Donnelley State Fish and Wildlife Area
  • Matthiessen State Park
  • Farnsworth House

Things To Do In La Salle

The parks in the area, such as Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State Park, and Illini State Park provide many recreational opportunities. The Farnsworth House, built in 1951 by Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, is a showcase of modernistic architecture. The Donnelley State Fish and Wildlife Area is close to the city.

La Salle Transportation

The closest airport to the city is the Greater Peoria Regional Airport.

La Salle Higher Education

Higher education is available at Illinois Valley Community College, Northern Illinois University, and Kishwaukee College.

People

Total Population
Male Share of the Population
Female Share of the Population
Senior Citizens
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population

Families

% of people married
Average household size

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher
Median Earnings25+
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification
Median Earnings With High School Degree

Wealth

Median Family Income
% Above Poverty Level
% Below Poverty Level

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time
% Working from Home
% Walking and Biking to Work
% Using Public Transportation

Housing

People Living Alone
Median Gross Rent
Median House Value

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)
US/American
English
Irish

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

La Salle Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 50 miles SW of Aurora, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 83 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois
County La Salle
Standard Zip Codes 61301
Phone Area Codes 815
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.333
Longitude -89.091

La Salle Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station PERU
Distance 1.2 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 29 F
Apr Temp 38 to 61 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 65 F
Annual Precip 37.7 inches
Station PRINCETON
Distance 19.8 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 29 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 65 to 85 F
Oct Temp 43 to 63 F
Annual Precip 37.8 inches
Station PAW PAW 2 NW
Distance 26.9 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 25 F
Apr Temp 36 to 57 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 38 to 61 F
Annual Precip 36.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, La Salle, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Dimmick (61301)

Rockwell (61301)

Tomahawk Bluff (61301)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cedar Point 322 $62,500
Dalzell 725 $70,278

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

La Salle Public Libraries

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Lasalle P.l.
305 MARQUETTE
La Salle, Illinois
(815) 223-2341

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La Salle High Schools

LA SALLE-PERU TWP HIGH SCHOOL
541 CHARTRES ST
815-223-1721
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,240 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.9

La Salle Colleges

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Historic La Salle

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Deer Park canon i.e. canyon between 1890 and 1901

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Deer Park canon i.e. canyon between 1890 and 1901

Deer Park canon i.e. canyon between 1890 and 1901

Entrance to Deer Park between 1880 and 1901

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