Mendota, Illinois

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Mendota is a city located in north-central Illinois in LaSalle County, Illinois, United States. The city has 7,272 residents, and is the fifth largest city in LaSalle County, though recent estimates have shown that the population has decreased to 6,995 residents. It is part of the OttawaStreator Micropolitan Statistical Area. The current mayor is David W. Boelk, an independent elected to a four year term in April 2005. He was re-elected in April 2009.



Mendota is served by U.S interstate 39, U.S. Route 34, U.S. Route 52, and by many state highways including Illinois Route 251. There is also daily train service by Amtrak at the Mendota Amtrak station to Chicago and Quincy and also to points west on the Illinois Zephyr, Carl Sandburg, and Southwest Chief routes. There are also two small airports near-by.

Geography & climate

Mendota is located at 41°32′58″N 89°7′6″W / 41.54944°N 89.11833°W / 41.54944; -89.11833 (41.549397, -89.118377).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.9 square miles (10.0 km²), of which, 3.8 square miles (9.8 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (2.58%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 7,272 people, 2,748 households, and 1,901 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,924.3 people per square mile (742.8/km²). There were 2,939 housing units at an average density of 777.7/sq mi (300.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.37% White, 0.40% African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 8.42% from other races, and 1.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 18.15% of the population.

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