Effingham, Illinois

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Effingham, Illinois

Introduction to Effingham, Illinois

Effingham, Illinois, in Effingham county, is 54 miles SE of Decatur, Illinois and 99 miles E of St. Louis, Missouri. There are an estimated 12,384 people in the city.

Effingham History

Effingham was named after Edward Effingham, who was a general in the British Army but resigned because he did not want to fight a war against the colonies. The city was once a noted railway junction as the Illinois Central Railroad and Pennsylvania Railroad crossed in downtown Effingham. The area was the site of a disaster in 1949, when St. Anthony’ hospital caught fire, killing 70 people.

Effingham and nearby Attractions

  • Eagle Creek
  • Wolf Creek State Parks
  • Anthony Acres Resort
  • Effingham Country Club
  • Cardinal Golf Course
  • Lake Sara

Things To Do In Effingham

Effingham provides excellent opportunities for recreation with its scenic lakes and golf courses. Lake Sara has 27 miles of wooded shoreline with facilities for fishing, waterskiing, swimming, camping and motor boating. The Anthony Acres Resort offers a private beach, picnic tables, private decks and grills, a boat launch ramp, bonfire pit, basketball court, playground, shuffle board court and more. Further, there are both 18 and 9 hole golf courses in the vicinity. The city also offers suitable dining and shopping opportunities.

Effingham Transportation

Coles County Memorial Airport provides air transportation facilities.

Higher Education

Opportunities for higher education are available at Lake Land College, Eastern Illinois University and Millikin University.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Effingham Short Commute Times

Comparative Profile of Effingham, Illinois

Comparing Effingham 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 8
Female Share of the Population 8 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 7 7
Well-Paid Single Women 7 7
Age of the Population 6 6
Well-Paid Single Men 6 7
Male Share of the Population 3 3
Racial Diversity 2 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 3 2
Average Household Size 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 5 4
People in Middle Class or Better 5 4
Median Family Income 5 5
College Educated Adults 4 7

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 10 10
Walking and Biking to Work 6 7
Working at Home 6 6
Public Transportation Use 5 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 10 10
Affordability of Rents 8 7
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 8 9
Housing Recently Built 6 8
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 5
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 4

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Effingham Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 54 miles SE of Decatur, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 99 miles E of St. Louis, Missouri
County Effingham
Standard Zip Codes 62401
Phone Area Codes 217
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.12
Longitude -88.543

Effingham Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 3.9 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 35 F
Apr Temp 42 to 64 F
Jul Temp 66 to 87 F
Oct Temp 43 to 67 F
Annual Precip 42 inches
Station NEWTON 6 SSE
Distance 26.9 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 34 F
Apr Temp 42 to 63 F
Jul Temp 66 to 85 F
Oct Temp 43 to 66 F
Annual Precip 41.2 inches
Station FLORA 5 NW
Distance 28 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 38 F
Apr Temp 43 to 67 F
Jul Temp 65 to 89 F
Oct Temp 45 to 69 F
Annual Precip 42.9 inches
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Effingham Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 12,384 100%
Male 5,842 47.2%
Female 6,542 52.8%
Under 18 3,087 24.9%
18+ 9,297 75.1%
65+ 2,243 18.1%
Median Age 37.5
Average Family Size 2.96
White 12,110 97.8%
African-American 44 0.4%
Asian 73 0.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 24 0.2%
Other 47 0.4%
Mixed Race 86 0.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 129 1%

Estimated Effingham Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 12,440
Growth 56
Growth % 0.5%

Effingham 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 46.4%
US/American 13%
English 10.1%
Irish 7.5%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.1%
Italian 2.4%
Scotch-Irish 2.4%
French (except Basque) 1.8%
Dutch 1.4%
Polish 1.2%
Scottish 1%
European 0.8%
French Canadian 0.6%
British 0.5%
Norwegian 0.5%
Swiss 0.5%
Welsh 0.4%
Swedish 0.4%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
Belgian 0.3%
Acadian/Cajun 0.3%
Ghanian 0.3%
Eastern European 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
Australian 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Blue Point (62401)
Boggsville (62401)
Douglas (62401)
Funkhouser (62401)
Green Creek (62401)
Heartville (62401)
Jackson (62401)
Lake Sara (62401)
Lillyville (62401)
Northmore Heights (62401)
Park Hills (62401)
Saint Marys (62401)

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)
Effingham 12,384 $45,902
Dieterich 591 $48,000
Montrose 257 $38,438
Shumway 217 $45,417
Sigel 386 $51,500
Teutopolis 1,559 $55,461
Watson 729 $42,159

Effingham Public Libraries

Helen Matthes Library
Effingham, Illinois
(217) 342-2464
Library Web Site

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Effingham Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(217) 342-2121
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in Effingham

(As of 2005)
I-70 & Hwy 32
1700 Avenue of Mid America

Wal-mart in Effingham

(As of 2006)
1204 Avenue Of Mid-America
(217) 347-5171
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Student/teacher ratio: 18.8

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Serves 44 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.7

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