Mokena, Illinois

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Mokena, Illinois

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.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Mokena Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Mokena People in Middle Class or Better
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Mokena Public Transportation Use
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Mokena Median Family Income
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 12% Mokena College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of Mokena, Illinois

Comparing Mokena 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
Male Share of the Population 10 9
Children Under 5 Years Old 9 9
Well-Paid Single Men 8 8
Well-Paid Single Women 6 7
Racial Diversity 4 7
Age of the Population 3 3
Female Share of the Population 2 2
Senior Citizens 1 1


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


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Working at Home 5 5
Walking and Biking to Work 4 5
Short Commute Times 1 1


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

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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

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
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
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
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Mokena Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 14,583 100%
Male 7,347 50.4%
Female 7,236 49.6%
Under 18 4,726 32.4%
18+ 9,857 67.6%
65+ 911 6.2%
Median Age 34.2
Average Family Size 3.46
White 14,126 96.9%
African-American 72 0.5%
Asian 183 1.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 10 0.1%
Other 92 0.6%
Mixed Race 92 0.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 421 2.9%

Estimated Mokena Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 17,396
Growth 2,813
Growth % 19.3%

Mokena 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
Irish 23.4%
German 18.4%
Polish 14.9%
Italian 13.1%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.9%
Dutch 2.8%
English 2.7%
US/American 2.7%
Swedish 1.9%
Czech 1.8%
Scotch-Irish 1.4%
Norwegian 1.3%
Scottish 1.1%
Lithuanian 1%
French (except Basque) 1%
Greek 0.8%
French Canadian 0.7%
Croatian 0.7%
Ukrainian 0.7%
Russian 0.5%
Arab/Arabic 0.5%
Hungarian 0.5%
European 0.3%
Yugoslavian 0.3%
Serbian 0.3%
Slovak 0.3%
Slovene 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Australian 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
Palestinian 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Mokena 14,583 $82,599
Frankfort 10,391 $89,645
Manhattan 3,330 $62,865
New Lenox 17,771 $72,947
Orland Hills 6,779 $65,191
Orland Park 51,077 $77,507
Tinley Park 48,401 $71,858

Mokena Public Libraries

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