Will County Center for Economic Development
116 N. Chicago St.- Suite 101 - Joliet, IL 60432
tel: 815/723-1800 fax: 815/723-6972


Will County is a natural business magnet for many reasons:

  • Available, affordable land
    • Will County Land Area: 849 square miles
    • 13th largest county in the state of Illinois
    • 2nd largest in the 6 county Chicago Metro region
    • Between 1990 and 2013, Will County added over 101,796 single-family dwelling units (US Census Bureau)
    • The construction cost value of single-family building permits issued in Will County jumped from $80.3 million in 1985 to $252.2+ million in 2013 (US Census Bureau)
    • The total assessed value of all property in Will County decreased 4% to $19.772 billion in 2013, down from $20.577 billion in 2012 (Will County Supervisor of Assessments)
  • Tremendous highway, rail, water and air transportation accessibility and services
    • 5 interstates
    • Regional, national and international freight rail connections
    • Intercity and commuter rail services
    • Situated on the Illinois waterway system
    • Minutes from Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports and Lewis airport
  • Available workforce
    • Will County was 62nd of the 335 largest counties in the U.S. in employment growth between September 2012-13 (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
    • Total employment in Will County has increased 76.5%, from 106,073 in 1985, to 187,180 in 2011
    • In 2012, Will County had a total personal income of over $30.9+ billion. This aggregate income ranked 4th in the state and accounted for 5.2% of the state total (BEA)
    • In 2012, Will County had a per capita personal income of $45,316, an 4.2% increase from the prior year (BEA)
    • The estimated average effective buying income $69,113 for 2013, an increase of 89.5% from $36,530 in 1985 (Nielsen)
  • A tremendous pro-growth attitude among its’ thirty-seven municipalities (24 townships)
    • Since the 2000 Census, Will County was estimated to have gained 182,297 residents (36.3% growth), by far the largest numerical increase posted by the state’s 102 counties and one of the highest among the nation’s 3,143 counties (US Census Bureau)
    • Will County’s population has more than doubled (adding 356,711 residents) between 1985 and 2014, increasing from 328,511 to 685,2222 (Nielsen)
    • The U.S. Census Bureau lists Will County as one of the 100 largest counties in the nation
    • Will County is set to become the state’s 2nd largest county by 2030, behind only Cook County (DCEO)
    • The Chicago Metropolitan Area Agency for Planning (CMAP) projects that Will County’s population will exceed 1.2+ million by the year 2040
    • The number of Will County business establishments is almost 38,500 (EMSI)

For 2013, the total amount of industrial square footage was 140,099,289-SF. Additional acreage is designated for a proposed 700-acre intermodal yard and industrial park in Crete. 

Neilsen Claritas Report:   Will County Demographic Snapshot

Will County Building Permits:  Building Permits 1990-2014  

U.S. Census 2010 with interactive map and population search.

Illinois Census 2010... state website containing 2010 census data.

American Community Survey (ACS) from the U.S. Census Bureau... an ongoing survey that provides data every year -- you can access statistics thru American FactFinder or Quick Links.

Bearfacts from U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis... facts about an area's personal income and gross domestic product.

U.S. Dept. of Labor,
Bureau of Labor Statistics... data on Employment, Productivity, Price indexes, and Compensation.  Also, includes average energy prices in the Chicago area and economic indicators.