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Joliet is a city in Will County, in the Chicago metro area. (The community straddles Will and Kendall counties; ePodunk links to the county with the greater share of population.)
It is the county seat.
The name is disputed. Some say it was directly named after Louis Joliet, the French explorer. Others say that, in 1834, Postmaster John Campbell named the community after his daughter, Juliet. Then, in 1845, the name was changed by President Van Buren to be congruent with Joliet Mound.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Illinois named Joliet. For links to other places called Joliet, IL, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Joliet is 41.525N. The longitude is -88.081W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 541 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 123,570.
The city was officially settled in 1831, when Charles Reed built his cabin here. The Illinois & Michigan Canal, which was being constructed around that time, helped spur the town's initial development.
In the middle of the 19th century, the area's quarrying industry thrived tremendously. These quarries provided material for the State House and Rock Island Arsenal. Later in the century, large amounts of coal made the city an important steel town.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Joliet demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Will County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Chicago area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 60410 ZIP code.
16% of Joliet residents report German ancestry, and 12% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Joliet ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Joliet was $19,390, compared with $21,587 nationally.
19% of Joliet residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Historic districts in Joliet include Joliet East Side Historic District, Upper Bluff Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Joliet, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $487. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,177.
Libraries in Joliet include Joliet Public Library, Joliet Public Library West Outlet ... View libraries
Newspapers in Joliet include Herald News
TV stations in Joliet include WGBO.
Will County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Joliet political report.
The average commute time for Joliet workers is 29 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 23 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Joliet between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 2.2 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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