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Overview

Introduction to Ottawa, Illinois

Ottawa, Illinois, in La Salle county, is 40 miles SW of Aurora, Illinois (center to center) and 71 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois.

Ottawa History

Ottawa was incorporated in 1853. The first Lincoln-Douglas debate was held in historic Washington Square in Ottawa on August 21, 1858. The city actively participated in the abolitionist movement, and the house of John Hossack served as the Underground Railroad station. Ottawa is also the site of the famous abduction of 1859 where prominent civic leaders, such as John Hossack, James Stou, and Dr. Joseph Stout, abducted a runaway slave named Jim Gray from the courthouse.

Ottawa and nearby Attractions

  • Buffalo Rock State Park
  • Starved Rock State Park
  • Ottawa Scouting Museum
  • Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail
  • LaSalle Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area

Things To Do In Ottawa

In Ottawa, you can visit the Lincoln-Douglas Park, Peck Park, Walsh Park, Allen Park, Varland Park, Kiwanis Park, and Rigden Park. The city is the scenic gateway to the Starved Rock State Park. You can also spend your leisure at Skydive Chicago, one of the largest skydiving operations in the United States. Shopping can be enjoyed at the South Towne Mall Shopping Center. You can also visit the Ottawa Scouting Museum and Reddick Mansion.

Ottawa Transportation

The nearest airport is Greater Rockford Airport.

Ottawa Higher Education

Opportunities for higher education are provided by Illinois Valley Community College, University of St Francis, Waubonsee Community College, and Joliet Junior College.

Demographics

People

Total Population18,707
Male Share of the Population47.7%
Female Share of the Population52.3%
Senior Citizens16.9%
Employed Population 16+8,097
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married47.1%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher18.9%
Median Earnings25+$31,628
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$15,767
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,276

Wealth

Median Family Income$60,353
% Above Poverty Level83.2%
% Below Poverty Level16.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home4.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.4%
% Using Public Transportation0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone30.9%
Median Gross Rent$720
Median House Value$130,900

Ancestry

Irish22.5%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)20.2%
Italian11.3%
English9.1%
Norwegian5.8%
Polish4.9%
French Except Basque3.4%
Swedish2%
Danishn1.5%
Scottish1.5%
Dutch1.4%
Slovak1.1%
Russian0.7%
Croatian0.7%
Hungarian0.6%
Belgian0.6%
Czech0.5%
Romanian0.5%
Albanian0.4%
Canadian0.4%
Lithuanian0.4%
Swiss0.3%
Icelander0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
West Indian0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Greek0.1%
German0.1%
Finnish0.1%
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Ottawa Almanac

CategoryValue
County LaSalle County
Standard Zip Codes61350
Phone Area Codes815
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude41.35
Approximate Longitude-88.83

Ottawa Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationOTTAWA 5 SW
Distance3.9 miles
Jan Temp12 to 31 F
Apr Temp39 to 62 F
Jul Temp63 to 85 F
Oct Temp41 to 65 F
Annual Precip35.6 inches
StationPERU
Distance13.4 miles
Jan Temp12 to 29 F
Apr Temp38 to 61 F
Jul Temp63 to 85 F
Oct Temp41 to 65 F
Annual Precip37.7 inches
StationGEBHARD WOODS STATE PARK
Distance21.2 miles
Jan Temp13 to 30 F
Apr Temp39 to 61 F
Jul Temp63 to 85 F
Oct Temp41 to 64 F
Annual Precip35.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Grand Ridge588$79,135
Marseilles4,892$52,037
Naplate441$68,611
Oglesby3,834$71,020

Ottawa Public Libraries

Reddick Public Library District
1010 CANAL STREET
Ottawa, Illinois
(815) 434-0509

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Ottawa Hospitals

Osf Saint Elizabeth Medical Center
(Non-profit)
1100 East Norris Drive
(815) 433-3100

Ottawa Public Schools

Central Intermediate School
711 E Mckinley Rd
ZIP: 61350
(815) 433-3761
Middle
Total Enrollment 413
Deer Park C C Elem School
2350 E 1025th Rd
ZIP: 61350
(815) 434-6930
Primary
Total Enrollment 104
Jefferson Elem School
1709 Columbus St
ZIP: 61350
(815) 434-0726
Primary
Total Enrollment 339
Lasalle County Detention Home
707 E Etna Rd
ZIP: 61350
(815) 434-8300
Other
Total Enrollment 11
Lasalle Roe Taoep
119 W Madison St Rm 102
ZIP: 61350
(815) 434-0780
Other
Lincoln Elem School
1110 W Main St
ZIP: 61350
(815) 434-1250
Primary
Total Enrollment 502
Mckinley Elem School
1320 State St
ZIP: 61350
(815) 433-1907
Primary
Total Enrollment 380
Ottawa Township High School
211 E Main St
ZIP: 61350
(815) 433-1323
High
Total Enrollment 1396
Rutland Elem School
Rr 71 E 3231
ZIP: 61350
(815) 433-2949
Primary
Total Enrollment 65
Shepherd Middle School
701 E Mckinley Rd
ZIP: 61350
(815) 434-7925
Middle
Total Enrollment 465
Wallace Elem School
1463 N 33rd Rd
ZIP: 61350
(815) 433-2986
Primary
Total Enrollment 322

Ottawa Private Schools

Marquette Academy
1000 Paul St
ZIP: 61350
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 391
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