Kankakee, Illinois

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Kankakee is a city in Kankakee County, Illinois, in the United States. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 25,561. It is the county seat of Kankakee County.[1] Kankakee is a principal city of the Kankakee–Bradley Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Kankakee County. The county is also part of the larger ChicagoNapervilleMichigan City, IL-IN-WI Combined Statistical Area.



Kankakee is located at 41°7′12″N 87°51′36″W / 41.12°N 87.86°W / 41.12; -87.86 (41.12, -87.86)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.8 square miles (33.0 km²), of which, 12.3 square miles (31.8 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.2 km²) of it (3.76%) is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 27,561 people, 10,020 households and 6,272 families residing within the city. The population density was 2,239.8 people per square mile (865.1/km²). There were 10,965 housing units at an average density of 893.4/sq mi (345.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 50.92% White, 41.07% African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 5.50% from other races, and 1.90% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.25% of the population.

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