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Kankakee County is a county located in the state of Illinois. According to the 2010 census, it has a
population of 113,449. Kankakee County was
created on February 11, 1853. The county
seat is Kankakee. The county is named
The County was named for an Indian name given to the
Kankakee County comprises the Kankakee, IL Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Chicago-Naperville, IL-IN-WI Combined Statistical Area.
The county is named for an Indian name given to the Kankakee River.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Kankakee County was created on February 11, 1853 (Laws, 1853, p. 159) and was formed from Ford, Iroquois and Will
Counties. Present area, or parts of it, formerly included in: Will County (1836-1853), Iroquois County (1833-1853),
Vermilion County (1826-1835), Edgar County (1823-1825), Fulton County (1823-1825), Clark County (1819-1823), Crawford
County (1816-1819), Edwards County (1815-1816), Madison County (1812-1815), St. Clair County (1801-1812) and Knox,
Northwest Territory (1790-1801).
The County was named for an Indian name given to a river rising in northern Indiana and flowing 225 miles southwest to join the Des Plaines River and form the Illinois River in northeast Illinois. The name of the river was transferred to the county. The County Seat is Kankakee (Name changed from Kankakee Depot in 1855.) .
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 681 square miles (1,765 km2), of which, 677 square miles (1,753 km2) of it is land and 5 square miles (12 km2) of it (0.69%) is water.
Kankakee county is located in northeast Illinois. Part of
Kankakee River State Park is located in this county.
Bordering counties are as follows: