Lockport, Illinois

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Lockport is a city in Will County, Illinois, United States, that incorporated in 1853. Lockport is located in northeastern Illinois, 30 miles southwest of Chicago, and north of Joliet, at locks connecting Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal with the Des Plaines River via the Lockport Powerhouse.

Lockport was the headquarters of the operationally defunct Illinois and Michigan Canal. A section of the canal runs through Lockport, including the remains of the canal's Lock No. 1 from which the town received its name. The canal right-of-way is now the Illinois and Michigan National Heritage Corridor.

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Geography

Lockport is located at 41°35′19″N 88°2′50″W / 41.58861°N 88.04722°W / 41.58861; -88.04722 (41.588659, -88.047267).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.1 square miles (18.4 km²), of which, 7.1 square miles (18.3 km²) of it is land and 0.14% is water.

Demographics

According to real estate figures, Lockport was one of the fastest growing communities in Illinois in 2007. Although the population was 15,191 at the 2000 census (and then estimated it would be 22,161 in 2005), a special census[2] of 2003 counted 25,191 people, 13,599 households, and 12,137 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,144.3 people per square mile (828.4/km²). There were 5,835 housing units at an average density of 823.7/sq mi (318.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.82% White, 1.11% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.75% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.94% from other races, and 1.15% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.34% of the population.

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