North Utica, Illinois

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North Utica is a village in Utica Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. The population was 977 at the 2000 United States Census. It is part of the OttawaStreator Micropolitan Statistical Area.

While North Utica is the proper name for the city, advertising on nearby Interstates 80 and 39 refers to the village by its original name, Utica. In addition, people that live in the area, official Interstate signage, and signs indicating the city limits all refer to the town as Utica.

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History

The town of Utica had previously been established on the banks of the Illinois River during the 1830s, but flooding and the construction of the Illinois and Michigan Canal a few miles north encouraged redevelopment of the village there as North Utica.

Utica Tornado of 2004

There were 9 fatalities during a F3 tornado on April 20, 2004, which heavily damaged the downtown business district.

Geography

North Utica is located at 41°20′32″N 89°0′51″W / 41.34222°N 89.01417°W / 41.34222; -89.01417 (41.3422775, -89.0142070).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.5 sq mi (3.9 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 977 people, 420 households, and 268 families residing in the village. The population density was 648.6 people per square mile (249.8/km²). There were 448 housing units at an average density of 297.4/sq mi (114.6/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.34% White, 0.31% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.61% from other races, and 1.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.05% of the population.

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