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Overview

Introduction to Wilmington, Illinois

Wilmington, Illinois, in Will county, is 15 miles S of Joliet, Illinois and 46 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois.

Wilmington History

Wilmington was established by Thomas Cox in 1836. It was then known as the town of Winchester. In 1834, Cox purchased a stretch of land near Alden's island. He constructed a corn cracker, carding machine, sawmill and gristmill. Its name was changed to Wilmington in 1838. It was officially incorporated as a village in 1854, and in 1863 William Henneberry accidentally discovered coal in the area. This eventually led to its incorporation as a city. The first mayor of Wilmington was John H. Daniels.

Wilmington and nearby Attractions

  • Lockport Pioneer Settlement
  • Illinois and Michigan Canal Museum
  • Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area
  • Tinley Park Historical Society and Museum
  • Des Plaines State Fish and Wildlife Area
  • Route 66 Highway

Things To Do In Wilmington

Wilmington also offers easy access to historic sites and museums like the Tinley Park Historical Society and Museum, the Illinois and Michigan Canal Museum, the Glady Fox Museum, the Lockport Pioneer Settlement, the Gaylord Building and the Exploration Station. Other popular local attractions include the Shedd Aquarium, the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, the Cosley Zoo, the Adler Planetarium and the Brookfield Zoo. The community also hosts the Catfish Days Festival, which features a downtown flea market, a carnival, parades and catfish dinners.

Wilmington Transportation

Air transportation is available from Chicago Midway International Airport.

Wilmington Higher Education

Joliet Junior College, Olivet Nazarene University and North Central College are some of the local colleges and universities.

People

Total Population 5,776
Male Share of the Population 48.6%
Female Share of the Population 51.4%
Senior Citizens 12.8%
Employed Population 16+ 2,508
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 40.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.4%
Median Earnings25+ $32,895
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,083
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,375

Wealth

Median Family Income $61,907
% Above Poverty Level 85.4%
% Below Poverty Level 14.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 32 minutes
% Working from Home 1.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation 1.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 33.1%
Median Gross Rent $725
Median House Value $170,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.9%
US/American 0%
English 10.4%
Irish 22.6%

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

Wilmington Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 15 miles S of Joliet, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 46 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois
County Will
Standard Zip Codes 60481
Phone Area Codes 815
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.307
Longitude -88.146

Wilmington 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 13.5 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 GEBHARD WOODS STATE PARK
Distance 15.2 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 30 F
Apr Temp 39 to 61 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 35.7 inches
Station KANKAKEE METRO WASTWTR
Distance 18.3 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
Braidwood 6,049 $66,898
Carbon Hill 328 $57,500
Diamond 2,612 $76,875
Elwood 2,130 $62,390
Godley 752 $63,750

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

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WILMINGTON HIGH SCHOOL
715 S JOLIET ST
815-476-2846
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 475 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.8

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Historic Wilmington

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Veranda of Home for Soldiers' Widows between 1900 and 1905

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Veranda of Home for Soldiers' Widows between 1900 and 1905

Home for soldiers' widows ca. 1900

Robson's Bridge between 1900 and 1906

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