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Overview

Introduction to Effingham, Illinois

Effingham, Illinois, in Effingham county, is 54 miles SE of Decatur, Illinois and 99 miles E of St. Louis, Missouri.

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.

People

Total Population 12,513
Male Share of the Population 47.7%
Female Share of the Population 52.3%
Senior Citizens 17.8%
Employed Population 16+ 5,812
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 45.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.4%
Median Earnings25+ $31,490
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,241
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,049

Wealth

Median Family Income $60,662
% Above Poverty Level 83.2%
% Below Poverty Level 16.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 13 minutes
% Working from Home 2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 37.7%
Median Gross Rent $542
Median House Value $122,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.3%
US/American 0.1%
English 9.4%
Irish 14.3%

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

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

Notes:

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

Station EFFINGHAM
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

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 Population Median Family Income
Dieterich 679 $54,500

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

Effingham Public Libraries

Library
Helen Matthes Library
100 E. MARKET AVE.
Effingham, Illinois
(217) 342-2464
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Effingham Hospitals

ST ANTHONYS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
503 N MAPLE STREET
(217) 342-2121
Emergency Service: Yes

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Effingham High Schools

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EFFINGHAM HIGH SCHOOL
1301 W GROVE AVE
217-540-1100
Serves 865 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.8

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12073 N 1000TH RD
217-536-6138
A Special Education School
Serves 44 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.7

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