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Kankakee County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinoismarker. As of 2000, the population was 103,833. Its county seat is Kankakeemarker, Illinoismarker .

The Kankakee-Bradleymarker Metropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Kankakee County. The county is also part of the larger ChicagomarkerNapervillemarkerMichigan Citymarker, IL-INmarker-WImarker Combined Statistical Areamarker.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 681 square miles (1,765 km²), of which 677 square miles (1,753 km²) is land and 5 square miles (12 km²) (0.69%) is water.

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2000 census age pyramid for Kankakee County.
As of the census of 2000, there were 103,833 people, 38,182 households, and 26,765 families residing in the county. The population density was 153 people per square mile (59/km²). There were 40,610 housing units at an average density of 60 per square mile (23/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 79.89% White, 15.47% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.68% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.38% from other races, and 1.38% from two or more races. 4.78% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 21.3% were of German, 9.9% Irish, 8.7% French, 6.6% Americanmarker and 5.4% English ancestry according to Census 2000. 94.1% spoke English and 4.3% Spanish as their first language.

There were 38,182 households out of which 34.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.80% were married couples living together, 13.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.90% were non-families. 24.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.10% under the age of 18, 9.70% from 18 to 24, 28.20% from 25 to 44, 22.00% from 45 to 64, and 13.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 95.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $41,532, and the median income for a family was $48,975. Males had a median income of $37,776 versus $25,287 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,055. About 8.70% of families and 11.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.60% of those under age 18 and 7.20% of those age 65 or over.


Kankakee County Courthouse, in Kankakee, Illinois
Settlers came to Kankakee County in 1834, after the federal government signed the Treaty of Camp Tippecanoe in 1832. As word spread about the government acquiring the land, many immigrants of New Yorkmarker and Vermontmarker moved their way west, mostly locating in Momencemarker, Illinoismarker.

An act of the Illinois Legislature created Kankakee County out of the north part of Iroquois Countymarker and the south part of Will Countymarker on February 11, 1853. The six original townships were: Yellowhead, Rockville, Bourbonnaismarker, Momencemarker, Aroma Parkmarker, and Limestone. The population of the new county was about 8,000. It wasn’t until 1855 that the two western townships of Norton and Essex were taken from Vermilion County and added to Kankakee County.

The County was named for the Kankakee River. Kankakee County has produced three governors: Len Small (R), Samuel Shapiro (D), and George H. Ryan (R).


Kankakee County is divided into seventeen townships:

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Kankakee County
Population by year
2000 - 103,833

1990 - 96,255

1980 - 102,926

1970 - 97,250

1960 - 92,063

1950 - 73,524

1940 - 60,877

1930 - 50,095

1920 - 44,940

1910 - 40,752

1900 - 37,154

1890 - 28,732

1880 - 25,047

1870 - 24,352

1860 - 15,412



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