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Rensselaer is a city in Jasper County, in the Chicago metro area.
It is the county seat.
The community was named for James Van Rensselaer, founder.
The latitude of Rensselaer is 40.936N. The longitude is -87.15W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 659 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 6,167.
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27% of Rensselaer residents report German ancestry, and 13% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Rensselaer ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Rensselaer was $20,872, compared with $21,587 nationally.
17% of Rensselaer residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
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Median rent in Rensselaer, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $348. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $687.
Libraries in Rensselaer include Jasper County Public Library ... View libraries
Jasper County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Rensselaer political report.
The average commute time for Rensselaer workers is 17 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
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