Minooka, Illinois
CO&P station at Minooka
CO&P station at Minooka
"A nice place to call home"
Location of Minooka in Will County, Illinois
Location of Minooka in Will County, Illinois
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 41°27′02″N 88°16′45″W / 41.45056°N 88.27917°W / 41.45056; -88.27917[1]
CountryUnited States
CountiesGrundy, Kendall, Will
TownshipsAux Sable, Seward, Channahon
 • MayorRic Offerman
 • Total9.48 sq mi (24.55 km2)
 • Land9.40 sq mi (24.36 km2)
 • Water0.07 sq mi (0.19 km2)
Elevation597 ft (182 m)
 • Total12,758
 • Density1,356.51/sq mi (523.75/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area codes815 & 779
FIPS code17-49607
GNIS feature ID2399376[1]
Wikimedia CommonsMinooka, Illinois

Minooka is a village in Grundy, Kendall, and Will counties, Illinois, United States.[3] The population was 10,924 at the 2010 census,[4] up from 3,971 at the 2000 census. The village is part of the Chicago metropolitan area. The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad served the town at Minooka Station.


Minooka was established as a place in 1852 when the railroad was built through this area. It was incorporated as a village in 1869.[5] The name "Minooka" is derived from a Native American word meaning "maple forest" or "good earth".[6]


Open fields near Minooka, Illinois

The center of the village is in the northeast corner of Grundy County. The village limits extend north into the southeast corner of Kendall County and east into Will County. The village is bordered to the east and south by the village of Channahon.

Interstate 80 passes through the north side of the village, with access from Exit 122. I-80 leads northeast 11 miles (18 km) to Joliet and west 45 miles (72 km) to LaSalle. Downtown Chicago is 48 miles (77 km) northeast of Minooka via Interstates 80 and 55. U.S. Route 6 runs along part of the southern border of Minooka; the highway leads east into the center of Channahon and southwest 9 miles (14 km) to Morris.

According to the 2020 census, Minooka has a total area of 9.526 square miles (24.67 km2), of which 9.45 square miles (24.48 km2) (or 99.2%) are land and 0.076 square miles (0.20 km2) (or 0.8%) are water.[7] The DuPage River, a south-flowing tributary of the Des Plaines River, forms part of the eastern boundary of the village.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the 2000 census,[9] there were 3,971 people, 1,315 households, and 1,088 families residing in the village. The population was 10,924 at the 2010 census. The population density was 931.5 inhabitants per square mile (359.7/km2). There were 1,338 housing units at an average density of 313.9 per square mile (121.2/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 98.04% White, 0.25% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.53% from other races, and 0.68% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.85% of the population. There were 1,315 households, out of which 49.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.3% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.2% were non-families. 14.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.02 and the average family size was 3.34.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 31.9% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 5.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.8 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $75,249, and the median income for a family was $81,190. Males had a median income of $59,583 versus $33,347 for females. The per capita income for the village was $26,054. About 1.1% of families and 2.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.5% of those under age 18 and 7.5% of those age 65 or over.


Minooka Community Consolidated School District 201 (elementary district) has a total of seven schools and serves nearly 4,000 students.[10] Minooka Community High School District 111 has a campus for juniors and seniors and a newer campus for freshmen and sophomores.

Notable people


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Minooka, Illinois
  2. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 15, 2022.
  3. ^ "Minooka, Illinois". TIGERweb. Geography Division, U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  4. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Minooka village, Illinois". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved February 20, 2019.[dead link]
  5. ^ Genweb page on Grundy County history
  6. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). "The origin of certain place names in the United States". Washington, Govt. Print. Off.
  7. ^ "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved December 19, 2015.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  10. ^ "Minooka Community Consolidated School District 201". Minooka CCSD 201. Retrieved May 11, 2014.