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Village of Mokena
The gable bank barn at the historic McGovney–Yunker Farmstead
The gable bank barn at the historic McGovney–Yunker Farmstead
Motto(s): 
Planned Progress, Pleasant Living
Location of Mokena in Will County, Illinois.
Location of Mokena in Will County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Country United States
State Illinois
County Will
Township Frankfort
Incorporated 1880
Government
 • Type Village
Area
 • Total 8.68 sq mi (22.47 km2)
 • Land 8.68 sq mi (22.47 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 19,887
 • Density 2,292.19/sq mi (885.05/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area codes 708 Exchanges: 326, 478, 479
FIPS code 17-49854
Website http://www.mokena.org/

Mokena is a village in Will County, Illinois, United States. The population was 18,740 at the 2010 census. The Census Bureau's 2019 estimate found that the population had increased to 20,159.

Etymology

Mokena is a name derived from a Native American language meaning "turtle".

Geography

Mokena is located at 41°32′4″N 87°52′37″W / 41.53444°N 87.87694°W / 41.53444; -87.87694.

According to the 2010 census, Mokena has a total area of 8.893 square miles (23.03 km2), of which 8.89 square miles (23.02 km2) (or 99.97%) is land and 0.003 square miles (0.01 km2) (or 0.03%) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 522
1890 364 −30.3%
1900 281 −22.8%
1910 359 27.8%
1920 475 32.3%
1930 562 18.3%
1940 657 16.9%
1950 903 37.4%
1960 1,332 47.5%
1970 1,643 23.3%
1980 4,578 178.6%
1990 6,128 33.9%
2000 14,583 138.0%
2010 18,740 28.5%
2020 19,887 6.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 18,740 people, 6,358 households, and 5,120 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,432.4 people per square mile (938.4/km2). There were 4,848 housing units at an average density of 808.6 per square mile (312.0/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 94.5% White, 1.3% African American, 0.01% Native American, 2.0% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.9% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.8% of the population.

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,703 households, out of which 48.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.7% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.8% were non-families. 14.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 3.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.10 and the average family size was 3.46.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 32.4% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 32.7% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 6.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 101.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.3 males.

The median family income is $82,596 and the median income for a household is $91,817. Males had a median income of $58,226 versus $31,522 for females. The per capita income for the village was $31,944. As of 2008, the median house value was $350,130, up from $211,300 in 2000.

About 0.7% of families and 1.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.6% of those under age 18 and 4.6% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

The Village of Mokena is serviced by the Metra rail service Rock Island District. Mokena has two commuter rail stations, Hickory Creek and Front Street, providing service to downtown Chicago's LaSalle Street Station, connecting with components of the Chicago Transit Authority. Mokena is also served by I-80, which runs along its northern border. Through I-80 commuters have convenient access to I-355 (Veteran's Memorial Tollway) and I-57. The main north–south thoroughfares are US Route 45 (LaGrange Rd) and Wolf Rd. The main east–west thoroughfares are 191st St, LaPorte Rd., and US Route 30 (Lincoln Highway). Rail freight traffic travels along both the Metra RI District Railway (Metra RI) and the Canadian National Railway (CN). The CN tracks run east/west along Mokena's southern boundary, while the Metra Rock Island District (Metra) tracks approximately bisect the town in a northeastern/southwestern direction.

Education

Elementary school services are provided by one of four school districts: Mokena School District 159, New Lenox School District 122, Frankfort School District 157C, and Summit Hill School District 161. Schools within District 159 include MES (Mokena Elementary School), MIS (Mokena Intermediate School), and MJHS (Mokena Junior High School). Mokena is served by Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210; students living in districts 159 or 122 attend Lincoln-Way Central High School, and students living in districts 157C or 161 attend Lincoln-Way East High School. Higher education is provided at Joliet Junior College, the nation's first public community college, and at Rasmussen College.

Notable people

  • Dean Anna, MLB player; born in Mokena
  • James Augustine, former University of Illinois and NBA player
  • Terry Boers, sports radio host and Chicago Sun-Times columnist
  • Exene Cervenka, singer and writer; grew up in Mokena
  • Karla DeVito, actress, voice actress, and singer; born in Mokena
  • Clay Guida, mixed martial artists, Jason's brother
  • Jason Guida, mixed martial artists, Clay's brother
  • Don C. Hall, state actor and Wisconsin state legislator; lived in Mokena
  • Ron Kittle, former MLB player, lives in Mokena
  • Denise Richards, model and actress, lived in Mokena
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