- Taylorville, Illinois
name = City of Taylorville
category = City
motto = A Great Place To Live, Work, and Play
motto_note = [http://www.taylorville.net/ Official City Website] Retrieved on May 27, 2007]
country_type = Country
state_type = State
region_type = County
region = Christian
area_total = 26.0
TotalArea_sq_mi = 10.0
area_land = 20.9
LandArea_sq_mi = 8.1
area_water = 5.1
WaterArea_sq_mi = 2.0
area_water_percent = auto
lat_d = 39
lat_m = 32
lat_s = 27
lat_NS = N
long_d = 89
long_m = 17
long_s = 17
long_EW = W
coordinates_type = region:US_type:city
highest location =
population_as_of = 2000
population = 11,427
timezone = CST
utc_offset = -6
timezone_DST = CDT
utc_offset_DST = -5
map_caption = Location of Taylorville within Illinois
map_locator = Illinois
map1 = Map of USA IL.svg
map1_caption = Location of Illinois in the United States
website = http://www.taylorville.net
Taylorville is located at coor dms|39|32|27|N|89|17|17|W|city (39.540768, -89.288005).GR|1
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.0 square miles (26.0 km²), of which, 8.1 square miles (20.9 km²) of it is land and 2.0 square miles (5.1 km²) of it (19.46%) is water.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 11,427 people, 4,856 households, and 3,039 families residing in the city. The population densitywas 1,416.6 people per square mile (546.7/km²). There were 5,208 housing units at an average density of 645.6/sq mi (249.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.67% White, 0.71% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.31% from other races, and 0.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.70% of the population.
There were 4,856 households out of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.3% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.4% were non-families. 32.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.89.
In the city the population was spread out with 24.1% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 19.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 88.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $34,235, and the median income for a family was $43,223. Males had a median income of $35,655 versus $23,647 for females. The
per capita incomefor the city was $18,162. About 6.8% of families and 10.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.4% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over.
The town newspaper is the
Breeze-Courier, which is the only daily paper serving Christian County. However, The State Journal-Register, published in Springfield, Illinoiscovers Taylorville and Christian County quite extensively. The Decatur, IllinoisHerald & Review covers the area as well.
Taylorville was known to many as having a high rate of
neuroblastoma, a cancer affecting the brain and striking children. The local power company was sued and lost for contaminating the groundwater in 1994. [http://www.state.il.us/Court/Opinions/SupremeCourt/2002/February/Opinions/Html/89679.htm]
IHSAsingle season Men's Basketball record of 45-0 was set by Taylorville High School in 1944. (Ron Bontemps and Johnny Orr were team members)Fact|date=March 2008
Edward Mills Purcell- 1952 Nobel Prize Winner in Physics.
Yvonne Craig- Actress, most famous for playing Batgirlin the 1960's series Batman
Ron Bontemps- Olympic Gold medalwinner and Team Captain - 1952 Men's Basketball
Jon Corzine- Governor of New Jersey
Johnny Orr- winningest coach in Iowa State Universitymen's basketball history; also coached the University of Michiganto national runner up in the 1976NCAA Championship
* The fictional character of Sandy Stockton, played by actress
Sandy Duncanon the series "Funny Face" and " The Sandy Duncan Show" was said to have been from Taylorville, and as such, Miss Duncan had a street, Sandy Duncan Drive, named after her.
* [http://www.taylorville.net Taylorville City Website]
* [http://www.taylorvilleschools.com Taylorville Schools]
* [http://www.taylorvilleparkdistrict.com Taylorville Park District]
* [http://taylorvillechamber.com Taylorville Chamber of Commerce]
* [http://www.downtowntaylorville.com/ Taylorville Main Street]
* [http://www.taylorvillememorial.org Taylorville Memorial Hospital]
* [http://www.taylorvilledailynews.com Taylorville Daily News]
* [http://www.sj-r.com The State Journal-Register]
* [http://www.herald-review.com The Herald & Review]
* [http://www.breezecourier.com Breeze-Courier]
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