Introduction to Carlinville, Illinois

Carlinville, Illinois, in Macoupin county, is 38 miles S of Springfield, Illinois and 49 miles NE of St. Louis, Missouri.

Carlinville History

Carlinville was the site of a number of important historical events in Illinois. The city developed as railroads were established in the wake of visits by numerous politicians campaigning for the American presidency. The historic courthouse was built by Elijah E. Myers, the architect of the State Capitol building. The neighborhood was constructed as a residential area for mineworkers. The town was also the site of Charles Robertson’s nature study, which led to the discovery of over 100 new species of bees and wasps.

Carlinville and nearby Attractions

  • Macoupin County Historical Society Museum
  • Beaver Dam State Park
  • Lincoln Tomb
  • Gimas Guitar Museum
  • Stuart Park

Things To Do In Carlinville

The Knight’s Caribbean Water Adventure and the Raging Rivers Water Park are popular places for children. The Beaver Dam State Park and Stuart Park offer various outdoor recreation facilities. The Gimas Guitar Museum is also a popular local attraction. Local golfers can enjoy a round at the Terry Park Golf Course. The Fall Festival, the Spring Festival and the Macoupin County Fair are some of the local festivals.

Carlinville Transportation

Flights are available from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

Carlinville Higher Education

Blackburn College is the local college. Other nearby colleges and universities include the Lewis and Clark Community College, the Lincoln Land Community College and the University of Illinois at Springfield.


Total Population 5,452
Male Share of the Population 47.1%
Female Share of the Population 52.9%
Senior Citizens 21.4%
Employed Population 16+ 2,364
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 42%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $60,647
% Above Poverty Level 82.4%
% Below Poverty Level 17.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 6.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 14.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%


People Living Alone 40.3%
Median Gross Rent $597
Median House Value $82,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 17.3%
US/American 0%
English 13%
Irish 11.8%

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

Carlinville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 38 miles S of Springfield, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 49 miles NE of St. Louis, Missouri
County Macoupin
Standard Zip Codes 62626
Phone Area Codes 217
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.279
Longitude -89.881

Carlinville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.3 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 35 F
Apr Temp 43 to 65 F
Jul Temp 67 to 87 F
Oct Temp 45 to 68 F
Annual Precip 38.5 inches
Station VIRDEN
Distance 16.4 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 35 F
Apr Temp 44 to 66 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 45 to 68 F
Annual Precip 37 inches
Distance 24.1 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 32 F
Apr Temp 41 to 63 F
Jul Temp 65 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 67 F
Annual Precip 35 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Carlinville, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Comer (62626)

Enos (62626)

Womac (62626)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Chesterfield 238 $59,583
East Gillespie 256 $62,375
Gillespie 3,310 $47,944

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

Carlinville Public Libraries

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Carlinville, Illinois
(217) 854-3505

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Carlinville Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(217) 854-3141
Emergency Service: Yes

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Carlinville High Schools

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Serves 486 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.7

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Serves 18 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9

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