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New Lenox Sees 37% Growth Over Last Decade

The U.S. Census data was released this week, and we start breaking into the numbers.

New Lenox's population has jumped 37 percent in the last 10 years, but the bulk of that growth came on the earlier half of the decade, according to the 2010 U.S. Census data released this week.

The village and township are still nearly all white (96 percent), but both are a bit more diverse now, having the white population drop from 98 percent in 2000. That's because minority groups have seen tremendous growth in New Lenox, including the black population (up 201 percent), Asian (up 186 percent) and Latino (a 148 percent increase). But don't let the percentages fool you; the overall minority population is still small comparitively, with 165 black, 186 Asian and 1,396 Latino residents.

Will County had the largest population bump of any county in the state, with a 35 percent increase, but still slightly smaller than New Lenox's growth. However, most of New Lenox's growth came between 2000 and 2007, just before the housing slowdown.

In 2008, the village had a special census conducted and the overall population has increased by just 300 residents in the last three years, Mayor Tim Baldermann said. See the video at the top of the article to hear what Baldermann thinks of the village's growth.

Earlier this year, data from the American Communities Survey was released to offer in the village.

2000 u.s. census results

 Village of New Lenox
New Lenox Township
Will County
Illinois Total: 17,771 29,730 502,266 12,419,293 Population of one race: 17,636 29,509 494,080 12,184,277 White alone 17,354 28,992 411,027 9,125,471 Black or African American alone 54 121 52,509 1,876,875 American Indian and Alaska Native alone 11 30 1,038 31,006 Asian alone 65 122 11,125 423,603 Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone 2 2 162 4,610 Some other race alone 150 242 18,219 722,712 Population of two or more races: 135 221 8,186 235,016 Hispanic or Latino (cultural designation, may be any race) 563 946 43,768 1,530,262 Age 18 or older (eligible to vote) 11,915 20,473 351,555 9,173,842

2010 U.s. census results

 Village of New Lenox
New Lenox Township
Will County
Illinois Total: 24,394 40,270 677,560 12,830,632 Population of one race: 24,120 39,808 662,104 12,540,650 White alone 23,473 38,650 514,664 9,177,877 Black or African American alone 165 339 75,743 1,866,414 American Indian and Alaska Native alone 45 81 1,703 43,963 Asian alone 186 304 30,833 586,934 Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone 1 1 136 4,050 Some Other Race alone 250 433 39,025 861,412 Two or More Races: 274 462 15,456 289,982 Hispanic or Latino (cultural designation, may be any race) 1,396 2,254 105,817 2,027,578 Age 18 or older (eligible to vote) 16,871 28,565 480,606 9,701,453

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