Introduction to Beardstown, Illinois

Beardstown, Illinois, in Cass county, is 44 miles W of Springfield, Illinois and 96 miles N of St. Louis, Missouri.

Beardstown History

Beardstown was first settled by Europeans in 1819. The city was named after it's first settler, Thomas Beard. Beard constructed a log cabin near the Illinois River, from where he traded with American Indians and operated a ferry service. He later went on to build a brick building which served as a store and an inn. Local legend states that Abraham Lincoln stayed here during his visits to the town.

Beardstown and nearby Attractions

  • Beardstown Museum
  • Lincoln Courtroom and Black Museum
  • Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area
  • Sanganois State Fish and Wildlife Area
  • Nichols Park Golf Course
  • Links Golf Course

Things To Do In Beardstown

Local parks include the Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area, and the Sanganois State Fish and Wildlife Area. These parks offer opportunities for horseback riding, fishing, picnicking, boating, camping and wildlife viewing. Local museums include the Beardstown Museum, and the Lincoln Courtroom & Black Museum. Local golfers can enjoy a round at the Nichols Park Golf Course and the Links Golf Course. The Fall Fun Festival is a popular local festival.

Beardstown Transportation

Capital Airport is nearby.

Beardstown Higher Education

Nearby colleges and universities include Western Illinois University, Lincoln Land Community College, Illinois Central College and the University of Illinois at Springfield.


Total Population 6,217
Male Share of the Population 51.3%
Female Share of the Population 48.7%
Senior Citizens 12.1%
Employed Population 16+ 2,688
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 45.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.5%
Median Earnings25+ $27,023
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,777
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,429


Median Family Income $46,232
% Above Poverty Level 80.1%
% Below Poverty Level 19.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 3.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.7%
% Using Public Transportation 1%


People Living Alone 32.6%
Median Gross Rent $575
Median House Value $67,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 43.2%
US/American 0%
English 4.1%
Irish 10.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Beardstown Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 44 miles W of Springfield, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 96 miles N of St. Louis, Missouri
County Cass
Standard Zip Codes 62618
Phone Area Codes 217
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.017
Longitude -90.424

Beardstown Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 10.2 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 32 F
Apr Temp 41 to 63 F
Jul Temp 65 to 87 F
Oct Temp 43 to 66 F
Annual Precip 39.3 inches
Station HAVANA 4 NNE
Distance 31.5 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 32 F
Apr Temp 40 to 63 F
Jul Temp 64 to 88 F
Oct Temp 41 to 68 F
Annual Precip 37.7 inches
Station MASON CITY 1 W
Distance 40.3 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 33 F
Apr Temp 41 to 65 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 44 to 67 F
Annual Precip 35.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Arenzville 364 $69,063
Browning 103 $38,750
Concord 186 $50,000

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Beardstown High Schools

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200 E 15TH ST
Serves 517 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.3

9496 IL RT 125
A Non-traditional School
Serves 25 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25

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