Seneca, Illinois

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Seneca is a village in LaSalle and Grundy counties in the U.S. state of Illinois. The population was 2,053 at the 2000 census.

The LaSalle County portion of Seneca is part of the OttawaStreator Micropolitan Statistical Area, while the small portion that lies in Grundy County is part of the ChicagoNapervilleJoliet Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Seneca is home to the LaSalle County Generating Station, a nuclear power plant.



Seneca is located at 41°18′40″N 88°36′35″W / 41.31111°N 88.60972°W / 41.31111; -88.60972 (41.3111442, -88.6097936).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 3.6 square miles (9.2 km²), of which, 3.3 square miles (8.6 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²) of it (7.28%) is water.

Most of the village lies in LaSalle County, although a small portion extends into west central Grundy County. In the 2000 census, all of Seneca's 2,082 residents lived in LaSalle County. According to 2006 population estimates, 2,082 of the village's 2,087 residents (99.8%) lived in LaSalle County and 5 (0.2%) lived in Grundy County.[2]

Seneca is located on the Illinois River, which connects Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,053 people, 744 households, and 569 families residing in the village. The population density was 620.7 people per square mile (239.5/km²). There were 786 housing units at an average density of 237.6/sq mi (91.7/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.59% White, 0.05% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.88% from other races, and 0.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.46% of the population.

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