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Overview

Introduction to Mokena, Illinois

Mokena, Illinois, in Will county, is 7 miles S of Orland Park, Illinois and 26 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois. The village is included in the Chicago metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 14,583 people lived in Mokena.

Mokena History

The McGovney and Van Horne families settled in this part of Will county in the early 1830s. Gradually, settlement began to grow around the banks of Hickory Creek, and a post office was established here in 1838. The Rock Island Railroad was built in this area in late 1852. The community got its name from the Algonquian term for "turtle."

Mokena and nearby Attractions

  • Lockport Pioneer Settlement
  • Frankfort Historical Museum
  • Saint John's United Church
  • Gun Club Lake
  • Willowview Park

Things To Do In Mokena

The Lockport Pioneer Settlement, the Gaylord Building, the Frankfort Historical Museum, the Isle a la Cache Museum, the Glady Fox Museum and the Illinois and Michigan Canal Museum are all popular historical and cultural destinations in the Mokena area. The banks of the Gun Club Lake are also a popular tourist spots. One can also plan a fun trip to any of the local parks in Mokena.

Mokena Transportation

Air transportation is available from Chicago Midway International Airport.

Mokena Higher Education

Institutes of higher education include the Moraine Valley Community College, Governors State University, Lewis University and the University of St. Francis.

People

Total Population 18,804
Male Share of the Population 50.7%
Female Share of the Population 49.3%
Senior Citizens 10.5%
Employed Population 16+ 10,110
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 57.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 37.8%
Median Earnings25+ $54,028
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $27,417
Median Earnings With High School Degree $43,548

Wealth

Median Family Income $109,178
% Above Poverty Level 97.2%
% Below Poverty Level 2.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 33 minutes
% Working from Home 3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.5%
% Using Public Transportation 7.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 15.5%
Median Gross Rent $962
Median House Value $281,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.9%
US/American 0%
English 6.8%
Irish 27.7%

Mokena Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles S of Orland Park, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 26 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois
County Will
Standard Zip Codes 60448
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.526
Longitude -87.889

Mokena 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 PARK FOREST
Distance 10.8 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
Station WHEATON 3 SE
Distance 22.1 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 KANKAKEE METRO WASTWTR
Distance 27.2 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 31 F
Apr Temp 38 to 61 F
Jul Temp 63 to 86 F
Oct Temp 40 to 65 F
Annual Precip 38.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Frankfort 18,100 $120,670

Mokena Public Libraries

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Mokena Community P.l.d.is
11327 WEST 195TH STREET
Mokena, Illinois
(708) 479-9663
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