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Overview

Introduction to Watseka, Illinois

Watseka, Illinois is 51 miles NWLafayette, Indiana and 75 miles S of Chicago, Illinois. It is in Iroquois county.

Watseka History

Watseka is the county seat of the Iroquois County. Established in March 4, 1867, the city was named Watseka after the wife of an early settler in the region, Gurdon Saltonstall Hubbard. The city was incorporated in 1865. In 1963, a resident of Iroquois County, Katherine Clifton, donated a large sum of money to the county along with land on which to build a new courthouse, which is located in the east side of Watseka. It is the only county courthouse in the US to be constructed without spending any tax dollars.

Watseka and nearby Attractions

  • Willow Slough State Game Preserve
  • Tippecanoe Battlefield
  • Exploration Station
  • Balmoral Race Track
  • Staerkel Planetarium

Things To Do In Watseka

Local museums include the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, the Brauer Museum of Art, the Early American Museum and the Exploration Station. Other nearby historical sites include the Bryant Cottage State Historic Site, Farnsworth House and the Lockport Pioneer Settlement. The Buckley Homestead County Park, the Kankakee River State Park and the Mazonia Braidwood State Fish & Wildlife Area are some of the popular nearby parks and recreational destinations. The Balmoral Race Track, the Deep River Waterpark and the Staerkel Planetarium are all accessible from Watseka as well.

Watseka Transportation

Indianapolis International is the nearest major airport.

Watseka Higher Education

Nearby colleges include Kankakee Community College, Olivet Nazarene University and Saint Joseph's College.

Demographics

People

Total Population5,318
Male Share of the Population41.7%
Female Share of the Population58.3%
Senior Citizens22.1%
Employed Population 16+2,325
Age of the Population46

Families

% of people married48.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher12%
Median Earnings25+$30,182
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,566

Wealth

Median Family Income$48,357
% Above Poverty Level75.4%
% Below Poverty Level24.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home1.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.8%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone37.9%
Median Gross Rent$542
Median House Value$77,900

Ancestry

German31.8%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)16.5%
Irish14.6%
English10.6%
Dutch6.8%
Italian5.1%
French Except Basque4.4%
Swedish2%
Norwegian1.3%
Canadian1.1%
Welsh1.1%
Polish1%
Scottish0.9%
Hungarian0.8%
Czech0.6%
Swiss0.4%
Ukrainian0.4%
Croatian0.4%
Russian0.4%
Belgian0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
Austrian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Luxemburger0.1%
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Watseka Almanac

CategoryValue
County Iroquois County
Standard Zip Codes60970
Phone Area Codes815,779
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude40.77
Approximate Longitude-87.73

Watseka Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationWATSEKA 2 NW
Distance1.8 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
StationPIPER CITY
Distance24.3 miles
Jan Temp13 to 31 F
Apr Temp38 to 62 F
Jul Temp62 to 86 F
Oct Temp41 to 66 F
Annual Precip36.8 inches
StationKANKAKEE METRO WASTWTR
Distance25.9 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Donovan236$45,000
Iroquois165$58,750
Martinton325$51,250

Watseka Public Libraries

Watseka Public Library
201 SOUTH FOURTH STREET
Watseka, Illinois
(815) 432-4544

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Watseka Hospitals

Iroquois Memorial Hospital
(Non-profit)
200 Fairman Street
(815) 432-5201

Watseka Public Schools

Glenn Raymond Middle School
101 W Mulberry St
ZIP: 60970
(815) 432-2115
Middle
Total Enrollment 237
Nettie Davis Elem School
495 N 4th St
ZIP: 60970
(815) 432-2112
Primary
Total Enrollment 169
Wanda Kendall Elem School
535 E Porter Ave
ZIP: 60970
(815) 432-4581
Primary
Total Enrollment 168
Watseka Comm High School
138 S Belmont Ave
ZIP: 60970
(815) 432-2486
High
Total Enrollment 361
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