Introduction to Mendota, Illinois

Mendota, Illinois, in La Salle county, is 45 miles W of Aurora, Illinois (center to center) and 78 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. About 7,272 people live in Mendota.

Mendota History

Mendota is a city in La Salle County, which was founded in 1829 from Putnam and Tazewell counties, and was named in honor of Robert de LaSalle, the French explorer. It was named after an Indian word which meant Crossing of Trails. Mendota saw growth and development from the Illinois Central and Chicago, Quincy & Burlington Railroads and was incorporated in 1853.

Mendota and Nearby Attractions

  • Hume-Carnegie Museum
  • Matthiessen State Park
  • Ronald Reagan's Boyhood Home
  • Lake Kakusha
  • Buffalo Rock State Park
  • Wild Bill Hickok State Memorial

Things To Do In Mendota

While in the city, people may visit museums like Breaking the Prairie Agricultural Museum, Union Depot Railroad Museum, and Hume-Carnegie Museum. There are many parks including Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State Park, and Buffalo Rock State Park. The parks feature hiking trails, campsites, fishing, boating, and other recreational opportunities. Golf is available at Mendota Golf Course, which is an 18-hole, public golf course. The National Sweet Corn Festival is celebrated in August.

Mendota Transportation

Air transportation is available at Illinois Valley Regional Airport.

Mendota Higher Education

Northern Illinois University, North Central College, and Rockford College are nearby colleges.


Total Population 7,161
Male Share of the Population 46.4%
Female Share of the Population 53.6%
Senior Citizens 17%
Employed Population 16+ 3,060
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 50.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 13.5%
Median Earnings25+ $32,213
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $27,917
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,236


Median Family Income $60,729
% Above Poverty Level 86.3%
% Below Poverty Level 13.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 1.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%


People Living Alone 30.2%
Median Gross Rent $615
Median House Value $109,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 36.2%
US/American 0%
English 5.5%
Irish 12.2%

Mendota Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 45 miles W of Aurora, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 78 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County La Salle
Standard Zip Codes 61342
Phone Area Codes 815
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.547
Longitude -89.117

Mendota Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station PAW PAW 2 NW
Distance 13.2 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
Distance 21.4 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
Distance 25.7 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 27 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 37 to 62 F
Annual Precip 33.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Meriden (61342)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Arlington 180 $53,750
Cherry 429 $72,045

Mendota Public Libraries

Graves-hume P.l.d.
1401 W.MAIN ST.
Mendota, Illinois
(815) 538-5142

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Mendota Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(815) 539-7461
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 16

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