Flora, Illinois

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Flora, Illinois

Introduction to Flora, Illinois

Located in Clay county, Flora, Illinois, is 69 miles NW of Evansville, Indiana (center to center) and 97 miles E of St. Louis, Missouri. The city has a population of 5,086 residents.

Flora History

Flora is located in Clay county, which was organized in 1824; the county was created out of the Crawford, Wayne, and Fayette counties. It was named after Henry Clay, the famous American statesman who served as the United States Secretary of State from 1825 to 1829. The city of Flora was named after the daughter of one of its founders.

Flora and nearby Attractions

  • Charley Brown Park
  • Sam Dale Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area
  • Clay county Museum
  • Stephen A. Forbes State Park
  • William Jennings Bryan Museum
  • Jefferson county Historical Village

Things To Do In Flora

Flora offers many recreational opportunities. The Charley Brown Park, Stephen A. Forbes State Park, Sam Dale Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area, and Newton Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area are close to the city. Museums in the area include the Clay County Museum, William Jennings Bryan Museum, Jefferson county Historical Village, and Cedarhurst. The First Evangelical Methodist Church, Oak Street Southern Baptist Church, and Saint Stephens Roman Catholic Church are some of the local churches.

Flora Transportation

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

Flora Higher Education

Lake Land College, Vincennes University, and Eastern Illinois University offer courses for higher studies.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Affordability of Rents
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Top 5% trophy Flora Affordability of Rents
Short Commute Times
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Top 5% trophy Flora Short Commute Times

Comparative Profile of Flora, Illinois

Comparing Flora 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
Female Share of the Population 10 10
Senior Citizens 10 9
Age of the Population 8 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 3
Well-Paid Single Men 2 2
Racial Diversity 2 5
Male Share of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 4 2
Average Household Size 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 5 3
People in Middle Class or Better 3 2
Median Family Income 2 2
College Educated Adults 2 4

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 10 10
Working at Home 8 8
Walking and Biking to Work 7 8
Public Transportation Use 6 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 10 9
People Living Alone 9 9
Affordability of Property Taxes 8 8
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 4 7
Housing Recently Built 3 5
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 3

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Flora Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 69 miles NW of Evansville, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 97 miles E of St. Louis, Missouri
County Clay
Standard Zip Codes 62839
Phone Area Codes 618
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.668
Longitude -88.485

Flora Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station FLORA 5 NW
Distance 6.2 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
Station OLNEY 2 S
Distance 21.8 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 36 F
Apr Temp 42 to 65 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 44 to 69 F
Annual Precip 45.2 inches
Station ALBION
Distance 29.3 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 37 F
Apr Temp 45 to 66 F
Jul Temp 68 to 89 F
Oct Temp 47 to 70 F
Annual Precip 44.8 inches
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Flora Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,086 100%
Male 2,309 45.4%
Female 2,777 54.6%
Under 18 1,195 23.5%
18+ 3,891 76.5%
65+ 1,109 21.8%
Median Age 39.7
Average Family Size 2.92
White 4,972 97.8%
African-American 9 0.2%
Asian 57 1.1%
American Indian & Alaskan 17 0.3%
Other 14 0.3%
Mixed Race 15 0.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 33 0.6%

Estimated Flora Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 4,855
Growth -231
Growth % -4.5%

Flora 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
US/American 36.4%
German 21.1%
Irish 10.8%
English 10.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.7%
Scotch-Irish 3.7%
Italian 2.6%
French (except Basque) 2.2%
Scottish 1.3%
Dutch 1.2%
Polish 1%
Swedish 0.3%
Welsh 0.3%
French Canadian 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
European 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Flora 5,086 $36,313
Cisne 673 $34,286
Clay City 1,000 $33,750
Iola 171 $30,938
Louisville 1,242 $35,673
Sailor Springs 128 $21,875
Xenia 407 $32,125

Flora Public Libraries

Flora P.l.
Flora, Illinois
(618) 662-6553

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Flora Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(618) 662-2131
Emergency Service: Yes

Wal-mart in Flora

(As of 2006)
Us Hwy 50 Hwy 1
(618) 662-4491
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Flora High Schools (2004)

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Serves 434 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.8

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