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Welcome to Watseka ...

The city of Watseka is located in Iroquois County<1> and is the County Seat for Iroquois County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Watseka has a population of 4,764 people<2> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Watseka.

Watseka is 640 feet [195 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Watseka lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Note: If you travel east from Watseka (for example, toward Wolcott (IN)), you will soon leave Central Time and cross into the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT).

Area codes for Watseka: (815) & (779)<4>

The ZIP code for Watseka: 60970<5>

Websites for Watseka ...

Official Website: www.watsekacity.com/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Watseka had an population of 4,764 people. This is a decrease of 9.34% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 15.98% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Watseka had a population of 5,255 people (or 17.68% of the total population of Iroquois County). This makes Watseka the county's most populous community.

The population of Watseka represents 0.04% of the total population of Illinois (which has 12,830,632 people), making it the state's 326th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 5,255 people, the population of Watseka decreased 7.32% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 5,670 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Watseka.

Communities Also Named Watseka ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found another community named Watseka - it's located in Alabama.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Watseka.

Communities near Watseka ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Watseka.

  • Kentland [Newton County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kentland
    • Kentland [Newton County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the east of Watseka
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,650 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kentland have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kentland
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kentland<8>
  • Gilman [Iroquois County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gilman
    • Gilman [Iroquois County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the west of Watseka
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,625 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gilman
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gilman<8>
  • Clifton [Iroquois County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clifton
    • Clifton [Iroquois County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the northwest of Watseka
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,297 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clifton
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clifton<8>
  • Onarga [Iroquois County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Onarga
    • Onarga [Iroquois County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the west of Watseka
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,241 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Onarga have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Onarga
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Onarga<8>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Saint Anne [Kankakee County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saint Anne
      • Saint Anne [Kankakee County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the north of Watseka
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,174 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Saint Anne have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Saint Anne
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Saint Anne<8>
    • Milford [Iroquois County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Milford
      • Milford [Iroquois County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<6> to the south of Watseka
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,155 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Milford have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Milford
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Milford<8>
    • Morocco [Newton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Morocco
      • Morocco [Newton County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the northeast of Watseka
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,086 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Morocco have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Morocco
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Morocco<8>
    • Chebanse [Iroquois County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chebanse
      • Chebanse [Iroquois County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the northwest of Watseka
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 955 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chebanse
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Chebanse<8>
    • Sheldon [Iroquois County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sheldon
      • Sheldon [Iroquois County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<6> to the east of Watseka
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 935 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sheldon
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sheldon<8>
    • Cissna Park [Iroquois County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cissna Park
      • Cissna Park [Iroquois County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the southwest of Watseka
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 771 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cissna Park have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cissna Park
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cissna Park<8>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Watseka. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Watseka.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Watseka. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Watseka.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Watseka. Our list includes 29 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Watseka.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Watseka ...

Looking for more information about Watseka? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Watseka, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Watseka.

Adding Watseka to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Watseka in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Watseka was on a map titled Rand McNally Map (1881).

We also found Watseka in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Watseka on our Genealogy Page.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Illinois

About Iroquois County

About Illinois

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Watseka: www.watsekacity.com/

The official website for Iroquois County: www.iroquois-co.com/

The official website for State of Illinois: https://illinois.gov

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Illinois' counties, including Iroquois, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Watseka.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Watseka - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>Area code (779) is an overlay for area code (815).
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Watseka). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Watseka or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Watseka) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Watseka. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from WatsekaOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Watseka. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.7764, Longitude: -87.7327    
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<8>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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