Lemont, Illinois

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Lemont, Illinois

Introduction to Lemont, Illinois

Lemont, Illinois, in Cook county, is 1 mile SE of Bolingbrook, Illinois and 24 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois. The village is in the Chicago area. There are 13,098 residents in Lemont.

Lemont History

The village of Lemont was settled in 1836, when the Illinois and Michigan Canal was being planned and constructed. The village was created to provide support services that were required in the construction of the canal. Limestone quarrying became the main industry of Lemont, and contributed significantly in its development. Many of the earlier buildings were built from limestone and exist to this day. Lemont was officially incorporated in 1873.

Lemont and nearby Attractions

  • Illinois & Michigan Canal
  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • Slovenian Cultural Center
  • Lemont's Heritage Quarries Recreation Area
  • Big Run Golf Course
  • Palos Hills Lake

Things To Do In Lemont

The Cog Hill Golf and Country Club, which is the home of PGA tour’s BMW Championship, is located in Lemont. There are thousands of acres of forest preserves surrounding Lemont, which have about 65 miles of biking and hiking trails.

Lemont Transportation

Flights are available from Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

Lemont Higher Education

Lewis University, Benedictine University and Moraine Valley Community College are some of the educational institutions around the area.

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High Points

Lemont strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Illinois):

Category Trophy
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 9% Lemont Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 11% Lemont Well-Paid Single Men
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Lemont Median Family Income
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Lemont Public Transportation Use
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 15% Lemont College Educated Adults
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Lemont People in Middle Class or Better
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Lemont Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Lemont, Illinois

Comparing Lemont to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Illinois (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Women 9 10
Well-Paid Single Men 9 9
Children Under 5 Years Old 7 8
Age of the Population 7 7
Female Share of the Population 7 8
Senior Citizens 5 5
Male Share of the Population 4 4
Racial Diversity 3 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 10
Average Household Size 9 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 9 10
People in Middle Class or Better 9 9
People Above Poverty 9 9
College Educated Adults 8 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 9 9
Working at Home 8 9
Walking and Biking to Work 6 7
Short Commute Times 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 10 10
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 4 7
People Living Alone 3 2
Affordability of Rents 3 2
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 2
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 3

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Lemont Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 1 miles SE of Bolingbrook, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 24 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60439, 60440, 60490
Phone Area Codes 630
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.68
Longitude -88.06

Lemont Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station WHEATON 3 SE
Distance 9.5 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 32 F
Apr Temp 38 to 63 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 67 F
Annual Precip 37.9 inches
Station AURORA
Distance 14.5 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 29 F
Apr Temp 36 to 59 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 38 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38.3 inches
Distance 23.1 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 29 F
Apr Temp 39 to 58 F
Jul Temp 65 to 84 F
Oct Temp 43 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38.6 inches
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Lemont Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 13,098 100%
Male 6,208 47.4%
Female 6,890 52.6%
Under 18 3,626 27.7%
18+ 9,472 72.3%
65+ 1,852 14.1%
Median Age 38.3
Average Family Size 3.32
White 12,757 97.4%
African-American 40 0.3%
Asian 107 0.8%
American Indian & Alaskan 19 0.1%
Other 87 0.7%
Mixed Race 84 0.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 393 3%

Estimated Lemont Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 15,146
Growth 2,048
Growth % 15.6%

Lemont Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Polish 30.3%
German 16%
Irish 15.2%
Italian 10.9%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.4%
Lithuanian 4.1%
English 3.1%
Swedish 2.2%
Greek 2.1%
US/American 1.4%
Czech 1.1%
Croatian 1%
French (except Basque) 0.8%
Scottish 0.8%
Slovak 0.7%
Scotch-Irish 0.7%
Macedonian 0.7%
French Canadian 0.6%
Dutch 0.5%
Austrian 0.4%
Norwegian 0.4%
Slovene 0.4%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Danish 0.3%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
Ukrainian 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
Russian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Lemont 13,098 $80,558
Bolingbrook 56,321 $71,527
Darien 22,860 $87,412
Downers Grove 48,724 $80,604
Lockport 15,191 $66,257
Romeoville 21,153 $63,320
Woodridge 30,934 $71,546

Lemont Public Libraries

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Lemont, Illinois
(630) 257-6541
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Lemont High Schools (2004)

Serves 1,241 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.9

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Historic Lemont


Station of the Chicago and Alton Railroad between 1900 and 1910

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Station of the Chicago and Alton Railroad between 1900 and 1910

View from picnic grounds between 1900 and 1905

Picnic grounds between 1900 and 1905

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