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Coal City
Location of Coal City in Will County, Illinois.
Location of Coal City in Will County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Country United States
State Illinois
County Grundy, Will
Townships Braceville · Felix
Area
 • Total 5.88 sq mi (15.23 km2)
 • Land 5.77 sq mi (14.94 km2)
 • Water 0.11 sq mi (0.29 km2)
Elevation
568 ft (173 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 5,705
 • Density 989.25/sq mi (381.94/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
60416
Area code(s) 815, 779
FIPS code 17-15170
Website www.CoalCity-IL.com

Coal City is a village in Grundy and Will Counties in the U.S. state of Illinois. It is considered a fringe town of the Chicago metropolitan area. The population was 5,587 at the 2010 census. Its school district serves over 11,000 residents. It is served by Interstate 55. The Santa Fe Railway formerly served Coal City at Coal City Station. The village was impacted by two notable tornadoes in recent history, once in 2013 and again 2015.

History

Coal City was named for coal mines in the vicinity.

Geography

Coal City is located at 41°16′47″N 88°16′39″W / 41.279740°N 88.277461°W / 41.279740; -88.277461. According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 5.00 square miles (12.9 km2), of which 4.90 square miles (12.7 km2) (or 98.00%) is land and 0.09 square miles (0.23 km2) (or 1.80%) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 1,672
1900 2,607 55.9%
1910 2,667 2.3%
1920 1,744 −34.6%
1930 1,637 −6.1%
1940 1,852 13.1%
1950 2,220 19.9%
1960 2,852 28.5%
1970 3,040 6.6%
1980 3,028 −0.4%
1990 3,907 29.0%
2000 4,797 22.8%
2010 5,587 16.5%
2020 5,705 2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,798 people, 1,872 households, and 1,306 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,980.1 inhabitants per square mile (764.5/km2). There were 1,958 housing units at an average density of 808.2 per square mile (312.0/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 98.46% White, 0.13% African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.02% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.54% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.90% of the population.

There were 1,871 households, out of which 36.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.2% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.2% were non-families. 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56, and the average family size was 3.10.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 27.5% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 32.2% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 95.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.1 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $51,921, and the median income for a family was $65,509. Males had a median income of $47,368 versus $27,476 for females. The per capita income for the village was $23,662. About 1.5% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.7% of those under age 18 and 9.7% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

  • John R. Fronek, member of the Wisconsin State Assembly and farmer; lived in Coal City
  • Greg Washburn, pitcher for the California Angels; born in Coal City.
  • William E. Somerville, early aviation engineer, businessman and mayor.

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