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Overview

Introduction to Kankakee, Illinois

Kankakee, Illinois, in Kankakee county, is 30 miles SE of Joliet, Illinois (center to center) and 52 miles S of Chicago, Illinois.

Kankakee History

Following the signing of the Treaty of Camp Tippecanoe by the federal government in 1832, settlers began arriving in Kankakee. The settlements started developing around the year 1834 with the arrival of immigrants from New York and Vermont. The community was named after the Kankakee river which flowed through the area.

Kankakee and nearby Attractions

  • Kankakee County Museum
  • Kankakee Public Library
  • Riverview Historic District and Charles E. Swannell House
  • Warren Hickox House
  • Soldier Creek
  • River Road Park

Things To Do In Kankakee

Visitors to this city can take a trip to Kankakee County Museum which houses exhibits on local history, Native American archeology, and a stunning sculpture collection. The Exploration Station museum is also nearby. The Kankakee Public Library, Kankakee County Courthouse, and Fire Station Number 2 are other tourist attractions in the city. One can also visit the churches and cemeteries dotting the streets of Kankakee. The Soldier Creek and the Gar Creek are two beautiful bodies of water worth visiting. The numerous parks also offer a range of entertainment facilities.

Kankakee Transportation

Air transportation facilities are available from the Gary/ Chicago Airport.

Kankakee Higher Education

Higher educational opportunities are provided by Kankakee Community College and Olivet Nazarene University.

Demographics

People

Total Population26,424
Male Share of the Population49.9%
Female Share of the Population50.1%
Senior Citizens13.8%
Employed Population 16+9,379
Age of the Population34

Families

% of people married33.5%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher12.3%
Median Earnings25+$25,217
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,368
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,250

Wealth

Median Family Income$42,141
% Above Poverty Level67.3%
% Below Poverty Level32.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.3%
% Using Public Transportation6.5%

Housing

People Living Alone32.4%
Median Gross Rent$777
Median House Value$87,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)54.3%
German9.7%
Irish6%
French Except Basque4.3%
English4%
African4%
Italian2.8%
Dutch1.9%
Polish1.5%
Swedish1.4%
Canadian0.8%
Scottish0.7%
Danishn0.5%
Czech0.5%
Lithuanian0.5%
Norwegian0.4%
Greek0.4%
Swiss0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Australian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Welsh0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Russian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Slovene0.1%
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Kankakee Almanac

CategoryValue
County Kankakee County
Standard Zip Codes60901
Phone Area Codes779,815
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude41.11
Approximate Longitude-87.86

Kankakee Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationKANKAKEE METRO WASTWTR
Distance1.5 miles
Jan Temp12 to 31 F
Apr Temp38 to 61 F
Jul Temp63 to 86 F
Oct Temp40 to 65 F
Annual Precip38.5 inches
StationWATSEKA 2 NW
Distance22.9 miles
Jan Temp14 to 30 F
Apr Temp39 to 60 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp41 to 64 F
Annual Precip39.2 inches
StationLOWELL
Distance25.3 miles
Jan Temp12 to 30 F
Apr Temp37 to 60 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp39 to 64 F
Annual Precip40 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Aroma Park675$66,250
Bourbonnais18,607$78,409
Bradley15,668$70,221
Chebanse1,167$68,125
Manteno8,958$76,352
St. Anne1,412$44,702

Kankakee Public Libraries

Kankakee Public Library
201 EAST MERCHANT STREET
Kankakee, Illinois
(815) 939-4564
Limestone Township Library District
2701 WEST TOWER ROAD
Kankakee, Illinois
(815) 939-1696

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Kankakee Hospitals

Presence Hospitals Prv - Dba Presence St. Mary's Hospital
500 West Court Street
(815) 937-2400
Riverside Medical Center
(Non-profit)
350 N Wall St
(815) 933-1671

Kankakee Public Schools

Edison Primary School
1991 E Maple St
ZIP: 60901
(815) 932-0621
Primary
Total Enrollment 212
I Kan Regional Alternatve Att Ctr
50 W Industrial Dr
ZIP: 60901
(815) 933-4918
Other
Total Enrollment 50
Impact Program
50 W Industrial Dr
ZIP: 60901
(815) 933-8536
Other
Total Enrollment 26
John Kennedy Middle Grade School
1550 W Calista St
ZIP: 60901
(815) 933-0764
Primary
Total Enrollment 640
Kankakee Area Co-op Day School
1 Stuart Dr
ZIP: 60901
(815) 939-3651
Other
Total Enrollment 6
Kankakee High School
1200 W Jeffery St
ZIP: 60901
(815) 933-0740
High
Total Enrollment 1085
Kankakee Junior High School
2250 E Crestwood St
ZIP: 60901
(815) 933-0730
Middle
Total Enrollment 726
King Middle Grade School
1440 E Court St
ZIP: 60901
(815) 933-0750
Primary
Total Enrollment 528
Lafayette Primary School
369 N 5th Ave
ZIP: 60901
(815) 933-8116
Primary
Total Enrollment 201
Limestone Middle Sch
963 N 5000w Rd
ZIP: 60901
(815) 933-2243
Middle
Total Enrollment 561
Lincoln Cltrl Ctr-montessori Elem
240 Warren Ave
ZIP: 60901
(815) 933-0709
Primary
Total Enrollment 325
Mark Twain Primary School
2250 E Court St
ZIP: 60901
(815) 933-0722
Primary
Total Enrollment 378
Proegler School
710 N Chicago Ave
ZIP: 60901
(815) 933-0773
Primary
Total Enrollment 321
Salt School
50 W Industrial Dr
ZIP: 60901
(815) 935-7282
High
Total Enrollment 85
Steuben Elementary School
520 S Wildwood Ave
ZIP: 60901
(815) 933-7813
Primary
Total Enrollment 297
Taft Primary School
1155 W Hawkins St
ZIP: 60901
(815) 932-0811
Primary
Total Enrollment 460

Kankakee Private Schools

Aquinas Catholic Academy-hickory
366 E Hickory St
ZIP: 60901
Elementary
Total Enrollment 147
Bishop Mcnamara Catholic High School
550 W Brookmont Blvd
ZIP: 60901
Secondary
Total Enrollment 368
Grace Baptist Academy
2499 Waldron Rd
ZIP: 60901
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 136
Kankakee Trinity Academy
1580 Butterfield Trl
ZIP: 60901
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 172
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