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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population6,010
Male Share of the Population49%
Female Share of the Population51%
Senior Citizens13.3%
Employed Population 16+2,375
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married42.2%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher14.8%
Median Earnings25+$34,926
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$27,083

Wealth

Median Family Income$58,125
% Above Poverty Level85.5%
% Below Poverty Level14.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time29 minutes
% Working from Home0.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.3%
% Using Public Transportation0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone33.8%
Median Gross Rent$779
Median House Value$161,000

Ancestry

Irish22.6%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)17%
Italian11.8%
English9%
Polish7.2%
French Except Basque3.7%
Dutch3.1%
Scottish2.5%
Swedish2.1%
Czech1.9%
Russian1.1%
Welsh0.9%
Canadian0.9%
Lithuanian0.7%
Norwegian0.5%
Danishn0.4%
African0.4%
Slovak0.4%
Hungarian0.3%
Nigerian0.3%
German0.3%
Belgian0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Greek0.2%
Austrian0.2%
West Indian0.1%
Belizean0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Luxemburger0.1%
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Wilmington Almanac

CategoryValue
County Will County
Standard Zip Codes60481
Phone Area Codes779,815
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude41.29
Approximate Longitude-88.15

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)

StationJOLIET BRANDON RD DAM
Distance13.5 miles
Jan Temp14 to 30 F
Apr Temp37 to 60 F
Jul Temp63 to 85 F
Oct Temp41 to 64 F
Annual Precip36.9 inches
StationGEBHARD WOODS STATE PARK
Distance15.2 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
StationKANKAKEE METRO WASTWTR
Distance18.3 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
Braidwood6,102$73,241
Carbon Hill380$62,708
Diamond2,733$64,038
Elwood2,144$76,125
Godley730$65,673

Wilmington Public Libraries

Wilmington Public Library District
201 SOUTH KANKAKEE STREET
Wilmington, Illinois
(815) 476-2834

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Wilmington Public Schools

Bruning Elem School
1910 Bruning Dr
ZIP: 60481
(815) 926-1683
Primary
Total Enrollment 252
L J Stevens Intermediate School
221 Ryan St
ZIP: 60481
(815) 926-1689
Primary
Total Enrollment 374
Sowic Educ Center
209 Wildcat Ct
ZIP: 60481
(815) 926-1722
High
Total Enrollment 21
Wilmington High School
209 Wildcat Ct
ZIP: 60481
(815) 926-1752
High
Total Enrollment 476
Wilmington Middle School
715 S Joliet St
ZIP: 60481
(815) 926-1687
Middle
Total Enrollment 317

Wilmington Private Schools

St Rose School
626 S Kankakee St
ZIP: 60481
Elementary
Total Enrollment 102
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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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