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New Lenox is a village in Will County, Illinois, United States. The village population was 24,394 as of 2010.GeographyNew Lenox is located approximately 36 miles southwest of downtown Chicago at . According to the 2010 census, New Lenox has a total area of 15.683sqmi, of which 15.66sqmi is land and 0.023sqmi is water.HistoryWhat is now the Village of New Lenox was first settled in the late 1820s, in the area of Gougar crossing and it was called VanHorne Point. New Lenox Township was established when Will County was created in 1852 with the building of the Rock Island Railroad between Chicago and Rock Island, Illinois. Originally named Tracey in honor of the general superintendent of the Rock Island Railroad. Mr. Tracy later requested that the community be renamed. The first supervisor of the Rock Island Railway for New Lenox Township, John Van Duser, named the Township New Lenox from the town Lenox, New York, which was Van Duser's hometown. In 1863, the name for the new settlement officially became New Lenox Township.New Lenox was not officially created until October 4, 1946. In 1945, 46 community leaders, F. Carlton Cole, Walter Baers and others reasoned that the community should be incorporated. Recognizing the benefits and the potential growth of the area, a community vote in the spring of 1946 resulted in the authorization for the creation of the Village of New Lenox. On October 4, 1946, the State of Illinois officially certified that New Lenox was legally organized and incorporated as a Village in the State of Illinois.New Lenox is known as "The Home of Proud Americans" which exemplifies the quality of life in the community.DemographicsAs of the census of 2010, there were 24,394 people, 8,000 households, and 6,547 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,424.9 people per square mile (936.3/km²). There were 8,244 housing units at an average density of 819.5 per square mile (316.4/km²).New Lenox is in Illinois (IL). Use our United States holiday site to arrange the hows, wheres, and whens of your trip to New Lenox.
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