Kendall County, Illinois facts for kids
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Kendall County Courthouse
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|Named for||Amos Kendall|
|• Total||322 sq mi (830 km2)|
|• Land||320 sq mi (800 km2)|
|• Water||2.0 sq mi (5 km2) 0.61%%|
|• Density||358/sq mi (138/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
|Congressional districts||11th, 14th|
Kendall County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois, within the Chicago metropolitan area. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 114,736. Its county seat is Yorkville, and its most populous municipality is Oswego.
The county is named after Amos Kendall. Kendall was the editor of the Frankfort, Kentucky newspaper, and went on to be an important advisor to President Andrew Jackson. Kendall became the U.S. Postmaster General in 1835.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 322 square miles (830 km2), of which 320 square miles (830 km2) is land and 2.0 square miles (5.2 km2) (0.6%) is water.
Kendall County is a small, but rapidly growing county that has the majority of its population in the northeast, and along the Fox River (the only river in the county) which runs through the northwestern section of the county. Many new subdivisions have been constructed in this county, which has produced considerable population growth. Southern Kendall still remains largely agricultural. Kendall County has two primary ranges of low-lying hills formed by what is known as an end moraine. Ransom, the more predominant of the two moraines, runs through the west and north-central part of the county. This moraine has created elevations of over 800 feet (240 m), in contrast to elevations in southern Kendall County that drop to the lower 500 feet (150 m) range. Minooka, the other major end moraine ridge in Kendall County, runs along its entire eastern border with Will County. The two moraines intersect at almost a right angle in the township of Oswego. The only designated state park in the county is Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area.
Climate and weather
|Weather chart for Yorkville, Illinois|
|temperatures in °F
precipitation totals in inches
source: The Weather Channel
In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Yorkville have ranged from a low of 10 °F (−12 °C) in January to a high of 84 °F (29 °C) in July, although a record low of −26 °F (−32 °C) was recorded in January 1985 and a record high of 111 °F (44 °C) was recorded in July 1936. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.52 inches (39 mm) in February to 4.39 inches (112 mm) in July.
- Interstate 80
- U.S. Highway 30
- U.S. Highway 34
- U.S. Highway 52
- Illinois Route 25
- Illinois Route 31
- Illinois Route 47
- Illinois Route 71
- Illinois Route 126
- Kane County - north
- DuPage County - northeast
- Will County - east
- Grundy County - south
- LaSalle County - west
- DeKalb County - northwest
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 114,736 people, 38,022 households, and 30,067 families residing in the county. The population density was 358.2 inhabitants per square mile (138.3/km2). There were 40,321 housing units at an average density of 125.9 per square mile (48.6/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 83.6% white, 5.7% black or African American, 3.0% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 5.0% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 15.6% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 28.0% were German, 16.0% were Irish, 9.5% were Polish, 9.4% were Italian, 7.5% were English, and 3.2% were American.
Of the 38,022 households, 47.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.8% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 20.9% were non-families, and 16.4% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 3.01 and the average family size was 3.41. The median age was 32.9 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $79,897 and the median income for a family was $87,309. Males had a median income of $64,048 versus $42,679 for females. The per capita income for the county was $30,565. About 2.9% of families and 3.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.6% of those under age 18 and 3.4% of those age 65 or over.
Kendall County was listed as the fastest-growing county in the US from 2000 to 2009, experiencing a population growth rate of 110.4% in this period. The reason for this growth is heavy suburbanization stemming from the metropolitan Chicago area.
Other unincorporated communities
The county is an 18-mile (29 km) square which is divided up into 9 townships. Each township is divided into 36 1 mile square sections, except that the Fox River is used as a Township border, resulting in Bristol being the smallest township with the extra area being assigned to Oswego and Kendall Townships. There are also two exceptions to the section grid to reflect Indian land grants under the Treaty of Prairie du Chien[disambiguation needed] in 1829: the Mo-Ah-Way Reservation in Oswego Township and the Waish-Kee-shaw Reservation in Na-Au-Say Township. These areas were eventually sold to European settlers.
- Big Grove Township
- Bristol Township
- Fox Township
- Kendall Township
- Lisbon Township
- Little Rock Township
- Na-au-say Township
- Oswego Township
- Seward Township
In popular culture
Various locations within and around the City of Plano was used as a stand-in for Clark Kent's hometown of Smallville, Kansas in the 2013 film Man of Steel as well as the 2016 film Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Plano has also been used in the film Witless Protection, with both films having been filmed in Plano's historic downtown area. Filming has also been done south of Plano at the Farnsworth House, a Modern architectural landmark for various documentaries and commercials.
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