Introduction to Kewanee, Illinois

Kewanee, Illinois, in Henry county, is 39 miles SE of Davenport, Iowa and 125 miles W of Chicago, Illinois.

Kewanee History

Kewanee was initially named Berrien in honor of Col. Berrien, who was the chief engineer of a nearby railroad. However, he objected this and suggested the name 'Kewanee,' which was the Indian word for "prairie hen." The area received its first post office in 1854 and was incorporated as the Village of Kewanee in 1866.

Kewanee and nearby Attractions

  • Johnson Sauk Trail State Park
  • Baker Park and Golf Course
  • Francis Park
  • Hennepin Canal Parkway
  • Historic Home of Frederick Francis
  • Windmont Park

Things To Do In Kewanee

Kewanee has three huge parks which offer facilities for a wide range of activities. They include picnic facilities, camping sites, playgrounds, baseball fields, biking trails and more. One can enjoy fishing or boating at any one of the parks. The annual Hog Day festival is a highly anticipated local festival. It is held during the Labor Day weekend and features a carnival, parade and flea market. The Henry County Fair is another interesting local event featuring a number of entertainment and cultural programs.

Kewanee Transportation

Quad City International Airport offers regular flights.

Kewanee Higher Education

One can pursue higher studies at Illinois Central College, Bradley University and Black Hawk College.


Total Population 12,736
Male Share of the Population 49.5%
Female Share of the Population 50.5%
Senior Citizens 17.6%
Employed Population 16+ 5,540
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 43.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.4%
Median Earnings25+ $27,240
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,902
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,263


Median Family Income $48,222
% Above Poverty Level 82%
% Below Poverty Level 18%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 0.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%


People Living Alone 34.5%
Median Gross Rent $573
Median House Value $61,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 26.2%
US/American 0%
English 9%
Irish 12.7%

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

Kewanee Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 39 miles SE of Davenport, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 125 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Henry
Metro Area Davenport - Moline - Rock Island
Standard Zip Codes 61443
Phone Area Codes 309
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.245
Longitude -89.924

Kewanee Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station KEWANEE 1 E
Distance 1.3 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 28 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 39 to 63 F
Annual Precip 35.7 inches
Distance 18.4 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 29 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 66 to 86 F
Oct Temp 43 to 63 F
Annual Precip 37.4 inches
Distance 22.8 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 63 F
Jul Temp 61 to 85 F
Oct Temp 39 to 65 F
Annual Precip 38.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Annawan 900 $57,031
Bishop Hill 136 $63,750
Galva 2,543 $50,000

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

Kewanee Public Libraries

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Kewanee, Illinois
(309) 852-4505
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Kewanee Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(309) 853-3361
Emergency Service: Yes

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Kewanee High Schools

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1211 E 3RD ST
Serves 562 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.6

Serves 277 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.7

PO BOX 518
A Non-traditional School
Serves 131 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 43.7

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