New Lenox, Illinois

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New Lenox, Illinois

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 contains a population of approximately 17,771.

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

he 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.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy New Lenox People in Middle Class or Better
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% New Lenox Low Rate of Poverty
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% New Lenox Public Transportation Use
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% New Lenox Median Family Income
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 19% New Lenox College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of New Lenox, Illinois

Comparing New Lenox 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
Male Share of the Population 7 7
Well-Paid Single Men 7 7
Well-Paid Single Women 6 7
Female Share of the Population 4 5
Age of the Population 3 2
Racial Diversity 2 6
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 in Middle Class or Better 10 10
People Above Poverty 10 10
Median Family Income 9 9
College Educated Adults 7 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 9 9
Working at Home 7 7
Walking and Biking to Work 5 6
Short Commute Times 1 1


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

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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

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

Category Count Percent
Total Population 17,771 100%
Male 8,660 48.7%
Female 9,111 51.3%
Under 18 5,856 33%
18+ 11,915 67%
65+ 1,231 6.9%
Median Age 33.3
Average Family Size 3.39
White 17,354 97.7%
African-American 54 0.3%
Asian 65 0.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 11 0.1%
Other 150 0.8%
Mixed Race 135 0.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 563 3.2%

Estimated New Lenox Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 23,197
Growth 5,426
Growth % 30.5%

New Lenox 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 22.6%
Irish 18.5%
Polish 12.7%
Italian 10.9%
English 4.5%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.3%
US/American 3.4%
Swedish 3.4%
Dutch 3.1%
French (except Basque) 2.3%
Lithuanian 1.7%
Norwegian 1.4%
Czech 1.1%
Hungarian 1.1%
Greek 1.1%
Scotch-Irish 1%
Slovak 0.9%
Scottish 0.8%
Russian 0.7%
Croatian 0.6%
European 0.6%
French Canadian 0.5%
Slovene 0.5%
Austrian 0.5%
Danish 0.4%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Celtic 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
New Lenox 17,771 $72,947
Crest Hill 13,329 $54,709
Frankfort 10,391 $89,645
Joliet 106,221 $55,870
Lockport 15,191 $66,257
Manhattan 3,330 $62,865
Mokena 14,583 $82,599

New Lenox Public Libraries

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Starbucks in New Lenox

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New Lenox-Rte. 30 & Joliet Hwy
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Serves 2,624 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.5

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Serves 33 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.5

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