Lockport, Illinois

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Lockport, Illinois

Introduction to Lockport, Illinois

Lockport, Illinois, in Will county, is 4 miles N of Joliet, Illinois and 28 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois. The city is part of the Chicago metropolitan statistical area. About 15,191 people live in Lockport.

Lockport History

The area now known as Lockport was once called "Runyontown." It was one of the important shipping points on the Illinois and Michigan Canal. It was officially incorporated in the year 1853.

Lockport and nearby Attractions

  • Gaylord Building
  • Illinois and Michigan Canal Museum
  • Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church
  • Lockport Historic District
  • Broken Arrow Golf Course
  • Morris Park

Things To Do In Lockport

The city of Lockport is near a number of historic sites and museums like the Gaylord Building, the Illinois and Michigan Canal Museum, the Glady Fox Museum and the Isle a la Cache Museum (in Romeoville). Morris Park, the Legion Park, Dellwood Park, and the Lockport Historic District provide a host of recreational facilities to be enjoyed by both children and adults.

Lockport Transportation

Air transportation facilities are available from Chicago Midway International Airport.

Lockport Higher Education

Higher educational institutes near Lockport are Lewis University, the University of St Francis, and Joliet Junior College.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 15% Lockport Well-Paid Single Men
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Lockport Low Rate of Poverty
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 16% Lockport Well-Paid Single Women
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 16% Lockport Median Family Income
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Lockport People in Middle Class or Better
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% Lockport Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Lockport, Illinois

Comparing Lockport 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
Children Under 5 Years Old 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 8 9
Well-Paid Single Women 8 9
Male Share of the Population 8 7
Racial Diversity 4 7
Female Share of the Population 3 4
Age of the Population 3 2
Senior Citizens 3 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 8
Average Household Size 8 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 9 9
People in Middle Class or Better 9 9
Median Family Income 8 9
College Educated Adults 6 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 9 8
Working at Home 3 3
Short Commute Times 1 1
Walking and Biking to Work 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 7 8
Affordability of Rents 4 3
People Living Alone 3 3
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 6
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 2
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 4

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Lockport Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles N of Joliet, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 28 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois
County Will
Standard Zip Codes 60441, 60446, 60491
Phone Area Codes 815
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.589
Longitude -88.057

Lockport Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 6.6 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 36.9 inches
Station WHEATON 3 SE
Distance 15.7 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
Distance 20.3 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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Lockport Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 15,191 100%
Male 7,471 49.2%
Female 7,720 50.8%
Under 18 4,281 28.2%
18+ 10,910 71.8%
65+ 1,538 10.1%
Median Age 33.4
Average Family Size 3.17
White 14,556 95.8%
African-American 168 1.1%
Asian 114 0.8%
American Indian & Alaskan 34 0.2%
Other 143 0.9%
Mixed Race 175 1.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 660 4.3%

Estimated Lockport Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 22,161
Growth 6,970
Growth % 45.9%

Lockport 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
German 20.4%
Polish 16.3%
Irish 16%
Italian 12.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.2%
English 4.9%
US/American 3.6%
Swedish 2.5%
Dutch 1.9%
Lithuanian 1.6%
Czech 1.4%
Slovak 1.1%
French (except Basque) 1%
Greek 0.9%
Slovene 0.9%
Scottish 0.9%
Croatian 0.8%
Scotch-Irish 0.7%
Russian 0.7%
Hungarian 0.6%
Austrian 0.6%
Serbian 0.5%
Norwegian 0.5%
European 0.3%
French Canadian 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
Macedonian 0.2%
Australian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Homer Glen (60441, 60491)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Lockport 15,191 $66,257
Crest Hill 13,329 $54,709
Joliet 106,221 $55,870
Lemont 13,098 $80,558
New Lenox 17,771 $72,947
Rockdale 1,888 $47,232
Romeoville 21,153 $63,320

Lockport Public Libraries

Homer Twp. P.l.d.r
Lockport, Illinois
(708) 301-7908
Library Web Site
Des Plaines Valley P.l.d.
Lockport, Illinois
(815) 838-0755
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Starbucks in Lockport

(As of 2005)
Homer Township
14124 S. Bell Rd
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Lockport High Schools (2004)

1333 E 7TH ST
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 3,297 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.9

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Historic Lockport


Power house (Chicago Drainage Canal) between 1900 and 1910

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Power house (Chicago Drainage Canal) between 1900 and 1910

Chicago Drainage Canal between 1900 and 1910

Chicago drainage canal and controlling works between 1898 and 1910

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