Chillicothe, Illinois

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Chillicothe, Illinois

Introduction to Chillicothe, Illinois

Chillicothe, Illinois, in Peoria county, is 16 miles N of Peoria, Illinois and 115 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois. The city is included in the Peoria-Pekin metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 5,996 people lived in Chillicothe.

Chillicothe History

Chillicothe is located on the Illinois River. It was named after the indigenous Chillicothe Native Americans, the original inhabitants of the area.

Chillicothe and nearby Attractions

  • Woodford State Fish and Wildlife Area
  • Peoria Historical Society and Museum
  • George L. Luthy Memorial Botanical Garden
  • Glen Oak Zoo
  • Marshall State Fish and Wildlife Area
  • Peoria Zoo

Things To Do In Chillicothe

The Woodford State Fish and Wildlife Area, the Glen Oak Zoo and the George L. Luthy Memorial Botanical Garden are all nearby. Local museums include the Peoria Historical Society and Museum and the Wheels o'Time Museum. The Rock Island Trail State Park, Jubilee College State Park and the John C. Proctor Recreation Center offer opportunities for mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding and camping.

Chillicothe Transportation

Flights are available from Greater Peoria Regional Airport.

Chillicothe Higher Education

Bradley University, Illinois Central College, Illinois State University and Heartland Community College are all nearby.

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High Points

Chillicothe strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Illinois):

Category Trophy
Short Commute Times
(vs. State)
Top 17% Chillicothe Short Commute Times

Comparative Profile of Chillicothe, Illinois

Comparing Chillicothe to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Illinois (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Senior Citizens 8 7
Female Share of the Population 8 8
Age of the Population 7 7
Well-Paid Single Women 7 8
Well-Paid Single Men 6 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 5 6
Male Share of the Population 4 3
Racial Diversity 2 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 6 5
Average Household Size 4 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 7 6
People in Middle Class or Better 6 6
Median Family Income 6 6
College Educated Adults 2 5

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 7 9
Public Transportation Use 5 6
Working at Home 5 5
Walking and Biking to Work 3 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 8 7
People Living Alone 7 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 6
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 4 6
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 4 7
Housing Recently Built 3 5

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Chillicothe Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 16 miles N of Peoria, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 115 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois
County Peoria
Metro Area Peoria - Pekin
Standard Zip Codes 61523
Phone Area Codes 309
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.922
Longitude -89.486

Chillicothe Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station LACON 1 N
Distance 8.9 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 32 F
Apr Temp 41 to 64 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 43 to 67 F
Annual Precip 37.9 inches
Distance 15.6 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 63 F
Jul Temp 61 to 85 F
Oct Temp 39 to 65 F
Annual Precip 38.2 inches
Station MINONK
Distance 23.7 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 30 F
Apr Temp 38 to 62 F
Jul Temp 62 to 86 F
Oct Temp 41 to 66 F
Annual Precip 37.2 inches
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Chillicothe Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,996 100%
Male 2,833 47.2%
Female 3,163 52.8%
Under 18 1,479 24.7%
18+ 4,517 75.3%
65+ 1,041 17.4%
Median Age 38.4
Average Family Size 2.96
White 5,840 97.4%
African-American 13 0.2%
Asian 10 0.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 10 0.2%
Other 65 1.1%
Mixed Race 56 0.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 210 3.5%

Estimated Chillicothe Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 5,781
Growth -215
Growth % -3.6%

Chillicothe Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 30.5%
Irish 14.3%
US/American 11.5%
English 10.9%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.9%
Italian 3.8%
Dutch 2.7%
Polish 2.5%
French (except Basque) 2.1%
Norwegian 2%
Scottish 1.9%
Swedish 1.8%
Swiss 1.7%
Welsh 1%
Hungarian 0.8%
Scotch-Irish 0.8%
Greek 0.7%
Austrian 0.5%
Canadian 0.4%
Belgian 0.3%
African 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
French Canadian 0.2%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
British 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
Slavic 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Edgewater Terrace (61523)
Galena Knolls (61523)
Holmes Center (61523)
North Hampton (61523)
Renchville (61523)
Rome Heights (61523)
South Rome (61523)
Vets Row (61523)
Vonachen Knolls (61523)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Chillicothe 5,996 $50,981
Germantown Hills 2,111 $79,814
Hopewell 396 $71,250
Lacon 1,979 $47,670
Sparland 504 $36,750
Spring Bay 436 $43,750
Washburn 1,147 $50,385

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Student/teacher ratio: 14.6

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