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Overview

Introduction to New Lenox, Illinois

New Lenox, Illinois, in Will county, is 6 miles E of Joliet, Illinois (center to center) and 29 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois. The village benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Chicago metropolitan area.

New Lenox History

New Lenox was first settled in the late 1820s. At that time, the area was known as VanHorne Point. In 1863, the area was renamed New Lenox after the newly formed township of New Lenox. In fact, the township was named after the town of Lenox, New York. On October 4, 1946, New Lenox was officially incorporated as a village.

New Lenox and nearby Attractions

  • Thunder Ridge Park
  • Frankfort Historical Museum
  • Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area
  • Illinois and Michigan Canal Museum
  • Des Plaines State Fish & Wildlife Area
  • Glady Fox Museum

Things To Do In New Lenox

The village of New Lenox offers more than 35 parks and playgrounds. The Sanctuary Golf Course also includes a tree nursery. Some of the local parks are Cherry Hill Park, Hibernia park, Chestnut Pointe Park, Jacob Lowell Park, Palmer Valley Park, and Spencer Park. In addition, the village of New Lenox organizes a number of recreational programs and special events throughout the year.

New Lenox Transportation

International air transportation is available from Chicago Midway International Airport.

New Lenox Higher Education

University of St Francis, Joliet Junior College, Lewis University, and Moraine Valley Community College are the nearby colleges and universities.

People

Total Population 25,024
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 9.4%
Employed Population 16+ 12,911
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 60.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 38.6%
Median Earnings25+ $54,936
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $28,060
Median Earnings With High School Degree $43,240

Wealth

Median Family Income $107,779
% Above Poverty Level 96.9%
% Below Poverty Level 3.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 35 minutes
% Working from Home 4.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.6%
% Using Public Transportation 6.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 14.9%
Median Gross Rent $953
Median House Value $270,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.9%
US/American 0%
English 7.4%
Irish 27.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

New Lenox Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles E of Joliet, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 29 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois
County Will
Standard Zip Codes 60451
Phone Area Codes 815
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.511
Longitude -87.965

New Lenox 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 JOLIET BRANDON RD DAM
Distance 7 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 PARK FOREST
Distance 14.6 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 21.7 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Crest Hill 20,479 $63,609
Frankfort 18,295 $125,486

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

New Lenox Public Libraries

Library
New Lenox P.l.d.
120 VETERANS PARKWAY
New Lenox, Illinois
(815) 485-2605
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New Lenox High Schools

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1801 E LINCOLN HWY
815-462-2100
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 2,624 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.5

MARTIN P MCKAY EDUCATION CENTER
516 SOUTH CEDAR ROAD
815-463-8068
A Special Education School
Serves 33 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.5

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