Located in the northern Illinois, Will County is part of the Chicago Metropolitan Area and one of the largest and fastest growing counties in the nation. The county seat is located in Joliet.
Will County was named after Dr. Conrad Will, a businessman involved in salt production in southern Illinois, and also a politician.
Will was a member of the first Illinois Constitutional Convention and a member of the Illinois Legislature until his death in 1835.
Will County was formed from Cook County and Iroquois County in 1836. Because of the county’s strategic location, residents of Will County are able to experience the culture and economic opportunity of city life, the stability and family-focus of suburban life and the peaceful beauty and agricultural bounty of rural life.
Will county has a total area of 849.23 square miles, of which 836.91 square miles is land and 12.32 square miles is water. Du Page River, Kankakee River, and Des Plaines River run through Will county and join on its western border.
Will County has over 20,000 acres that are preserved as parks under the Forest Preserve District of Will County. The 17,000 acres Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is a U.S. Forest Service park (map of Preserve trails) in the county on the grounds of the former Joliet Arsenal. Other parks include Channahon State Park and the Des Plaines Fish and Wildlife Area. Adjacent Counties:
- DuPage County (north)
- Cook County (northeast)
- Lake County, Indiana (east)
- Kankakee County (south)
- Grundy County (southwest)
- Kendall County (west)
- Kane County (northwest)
Townships in Will County include:
Will County is divided into the following municipalities:
Unincorporated areas in Will County include:
- Crystal Lawns
- Frankfort Square
- Goodings Grove
- Ingalls Park
- Lakewood Shores
- Preston Heights
- Wilton Center
Will County IL Climate
Will County, IL, gets 36 inches of rain 23 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 109. On average, there are 189 sunny days per year with July highs around 85 degrees and January lows around 14. Our comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 43 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable. The US average on the comfort index is 44.
Will County IL People
As of 2012, the population of Will County is 677,560 with 810 people per square mile (population density). The median age is 35.4. 53.62% of people in Will County are married and 7.76% are divorced. The average household size is 2.97 people. 41.96% of people are married with children and 10.68% have children and are single.
Will County IL Real Estate and Housing
McHenry County offers a wide variety of new and resale properties. Homes range from one and two-story homes, single family, duplex, condominiums, luxury real estate and properties with views. Visit Trulia for the most current real estate market statistics, including average listing price and medium sale price for Will County Illinois real estate by Zip code (with heat map).
Will County IL Economy
The county has prospered as a center for industry and trade. In recent years, the logistics and transportation industry has chosen to locate and expand in Will County.
In addition to transportation assets, it offers affordable land, a strong workforce and a pro-business approach to new development. New investments in rail and intermodal freight transport have made Will County one of the largest inland ports in the country.
The outlook is strong for 2013. Recently, companies like Archer Wire, MacNeil Automotive/Weather Tech, Silliker Inc. and Wilton Industries have chosen Will County in competitive relocation and expansion decisions.
The unemployment rate in Will County is 9.60%, with job growth of -0.57%. Future job growth over the next ten years is predicted to be around 29.26. Will County’s sales tax rate is 8.00% and income tax is 5.00%.
Income per capita in Will County is $28,938, which includes all adults and children. The median household income is $72,067.
Population by Occupation:
- Management, Business, and Financial Operations 16.20%
- Professional and Related Occupations 19.96%
- Service 11.47%
- Sales and Office 28.37%
- Farming, Fishing, and Forestry 0.13%
- Construction, Extraction, and Maintenance 10.64%
- Production, Transportation, and Material Moving 13.23%
Will County IL Education and Schools
Will County schools spend $4,541 per student. There are 20 pupils per teacher, 1,568 students per librarian, and 628 children per counselor.
Will County School Districts include:
- Beecher C U Schools Dist 200U
- Chaney-Monge Schools District 88
- Channahon Schools District 17
- Crete Monee C U Schools Dist 201U
- Elwood C C Schools Dist 203
- Fairmont Schools District 89
- Frankfort C C Schools Dist 157C
- Homer Countymm Countyns Schools Dist 33C
- Joliet Public Schools Dist 86
- Joliet Twp Hs Dist 204
- Laraway C C Schools Dist 70C
- Lincoln Way Countymm H S Dist 210
- Lockport Schools Dist 91
- Lockport Twp Hs Dist 205
- Manhattan Schools Dist 114
- Mokena Schools Dist 159
- New Lenox Schools Dist 122
- Peotone C U Schools Dist 207U
- Plainfield Schools Dist 202
- Reed Custer C U Schools Dist 255U
- Richland Grade Schools Dist 88A
- Rockdale Schools District 84
- Summit Hill Schools Dist 161
- Taft Schools District 90
- Troy Countymm Countyns Schools Dist 30C
- Union Schools Dist 81
- Valley View Cusd #365U
- Will County Schools District 92
- Will Roe
- Wilmington C U Schools Dist 209U
- Governors State University – University Park, Illinois
- Lewis University – Romeoville, Illinois
- University of St. Francis – Joliet, Illinois
- Rasmussen College – Romeoville / Joliet – is a private, 4 year, regionally accredited online college with support campuses.
- The county is in Community College District 525 and is served by Joliet Junior College in Joliet and the first two year higher education institution in the United States.
Public Libraries in/near Will County Illinois
- Manhattan-Elwood Public Library District
- New Lenox Public Library District
- Mokena Community Public Library District
- Joliet Public Library
- Frankfort Public Library District
- Crest Hill Branch Library
- Des Plaines Valley Public Library District
- Black Road Branch Library
- Homer Township Public Library District
- Peotone Public Library District
- Three Rivers Public Library District
- Shorewood-Troy Public Library District
- Wilmington Public Library District
- Romeoville Branch Library
- Plainfield Public Library District
- Crete Public Library District
- Fountaindale Public Library District
- Fossil Ridge Public Library District
- Beecher Public Library District
- 95th Street Branch Library
Will County IL Transportation
Will County’s multi-modal transportation system is key to its economic success, past and future. Long served by multiple interstate highways, five Class I railroads and the inland waterway system, the county has prospered as a center for industry and trade.
Major highways in Will County include: Interstate 55, Interstate 57 and Interstate 80. The Interstate 355 toll road extension has been completed and now connects with Interstate 80. Four different Metra commuter rail lines connect the parts of the county with the Chicago Loop (Metra map system and location finder).
The average one-way commute in Will County takes 37 minutes. 82% of commuters drive their own car alone. 8% carpool with others, 4% take mass transit and 4% work from home.
The nearest major airport is Chicago Midway International Airport. This airport has international and domestic flights from Chicago, Illinois and is 34 miles from the center of Will County.
Another major airport is Chicago O’Hare International Airport, which has international and domestic flights from Chicago, Illinois and is 43 miles from Will County.
Will County IL Community Resource Links
- Official Will County Website
- Will County Circuit Court
- Will County Social Services
- Will County Tax Information
- State of Illinois
- Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles
- Illinois State Tax Information
Will County Illinois Real Estate Specialists
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- Cook County IL Real Estate
- DuPage County IL Real Estate
- Kane County IL Real Estate
- McHenry County IL Real Estate
- Will County IL Real Estate
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