Introduction to Du Quoin, Illinois

Located in Perry county, Du Quoin, Illinois, is 71 miles SE of St. Louis, Missouri. There are 6,448 residents living in the city.

Du Quoin History

The city of Du Quoin was named after an Illiniwek Native American, Chief Jean Baptiste Ducoigne of the Kaskaskia. He was killed by the Shawnee tribes in 1802. The city was founded in 1853 in the area where Old Du Quoin now stands. Later, when the Illinois Central Railroad lines were placed, the residents moved westward and set up the present-day territory of Du Quoin. Currently, it is the largest city in Perry county.

Du Quoin and nearby Attractions

  • Pyramid State Recreation Area
  • Kinkaid Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area
  • Silkwood Inn Museum
  • Hundley House
  • General John A. Logan Museum
  • West Walnut Street Historic District

Things To Do In Du Quoin

The Kinkaid Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area, The Pyramid State Recreation Area, and the General John A. Logan Museum are nearby. In addition, the city holds local festivals such as the Du Quoin State Fair.

Du Quoin Transportation

The closest airport to the city is Williamson county Regional Airport.

Du Quoin Higher Education

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Campus, John A Logan College, and Southeast Missouri State University offer courses for higher education.


Total Population 6,002
Male Share of the Population 46.5%
Female Share of the Population 53.5%
Senior Citizens 19.8%
Employed Population 16+ 2,222
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 35.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $50,362
% Above Poverty Level 72.1%
% Below Poverty Level 27.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 1.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation 1.5%


People Living Alone 43%
Median Gross Rent $447
Median House Value $63,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 28.3%
US/American 0%
English 9.7%
Irish 11.4%

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

Du Quoin Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 71 miles SE of St. Louis, Missouri
County Perry
Standard Zip Codes 62832
Phone Area Codes 618
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.011
Longitude -89.236

Du Quoin Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station DU QUOIN 4 SE
Distance 2.8 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 40 F
Apr Temp 45 to 68 F
Jul Temp 68 to 90 F
Oct Temp 45 to 71 F
Annual Precip 44.1 inches
Distance 18.5 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 39 F
Apr Temp 42 to 66 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 43 to 69 F
Annual Precip 45.8 inches
Station SPARTA 1 W
Distance 27.2 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 38 F
Apr Temp 43 to 66 F
Jul Temp 67 to 88 F
Oct Temp 45 to 69 F
Annual Precip 42.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Dowell 328 $35,000
Elkville 1,047 $53,295

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

Du Quoin Public Libraries

Du Quoin P.l.
Du Quoin, Illinois
(618) 542-5045

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Du Quoin Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(618) 542-2146
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 447 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.5

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Student/teacher ratio: 7.2

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