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Overview

Introduction to Jacksonville, Illinois

Jacksonville, Illinois, in Morgan county, is 31 miles W of Springfield, Illinois (center to center) and 76 miles N of St. Louis, Missouri.

Jacksonville History

Jacksonville has been associated with prominent people as well as significant episodes of American history. First, it was named after the yet-to-be president Andrew Jackson in 1825. Jackson commanded American forces in the Battle of New Orleans in 1815 and was a presidential hopeful in 1824. Jacksonville also served as a major stopping point on the historically significant Underground Railroad. It was a nexus of political, social, and educational activity and was known as 'Athens of the West.'

Jacksonville and nearby Attractions

  • David Strawn Art Gallery
  • The Imagine Foundation
  • Crazy Horse Campground
  • Lake Jacksonville
  • Nichols Park
  • The Links Golf Course

Things To Do In Jacksonville

Jacksonville offers facilities for a diverse range of activities. There is a local community theatre group that organizes productions throughout the year. In addition, there is the Illinois College's McGaw Fine Arts Series and Jacksonville Symphony and Chorale, which present lively concerts regularly. The city also offers parks and camping grounds as well as three high quality golf courses.

Jacksonville Transportation

Air transportation is available from Capital Airport.

Jacksonville y Higher Education

Higher education can be pursued at Illinois College, Macmurray College, and Heartland School of Business.

People

Total Population 19,241
Male Share of the Population 51.8%
Female Share of the Population 48.2%
Senior Citizens 17.6%
Employed Population 16+ 7,977
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 38.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.9%
Median Earnings25+ $30,197
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,250
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,511

Wealth

Median Family Income $53,277
% Above Poverty Level 81%
% Below Poverty Level 19%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 34.9%
Median Gross Rent $610
Median House Value $94,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 24.8%
US/American 0%
English 11.1%
Irish 12.2%

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

Jacksonville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 31 miles W of Springfield, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 76 miles N of St. Louis, Missouri
County Morgan
Standard Zip Codes 62650
P.O. Box Zip Codes 62651
Phone Area Codes 217
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.733
Longitude -90.228

Jacksonville 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 JACKSONVILLE 2 E
Distance 0.7 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 34 F
Apr Temp 39 to 64 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 41 to 68 F
Annual Precip 38.4 inches
Station GRIGGSVILLE
Distance 25.9 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 33 F
Apr Temp 42 to 64 F
Jul Temp 66 to 86 F
Oct Temp 43 to 67 F
Annual Precip 37.1 inches
Station VIRDEN
Distance 29.5 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 35 F
Apr Temp 44 to 66 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 45 to 68 F
Annual Precip 37 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Arcadia (62650)

Arnold (62650)

Merritt (62650)

Pisgah (62650)

Sinclair (62650)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Arenzville 364 $69,063
Chapin 479 $54,688
Concord 186 $50,000

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

Jacksonville Public Libraries

Library
Jacksonville P.l.
201 WEST COLLEGE AVE.
Jacksonville, Illinois
(217) 243-5435
Library Web Site

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Jacksonville Hospitals

PASSAVANT AREA HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1600 W WALNUT ST
(217) 245-9551
Emergency Service: Yes

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  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
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  • Tends to educate degree-seeking online and campus-based students who are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
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  • Master of Social Work
  • Ranked 33rd among the Best Grad Schools for Social Work in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Founded in 1904 as the nation’s first institute of higher learning to offer training for clinical social workers.
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  • Member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
  • Features a fully flexible schedule with no classes to attend, leaving the study pace up to the student.

Jacksonville High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

JACKSONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
1211 N DIAMOND ST
217-243-4384
Serves 1,153 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.6

ILLINOIS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
125 S WEBSTER ST
217-479-4204
A Non-traditional School
Serves 255 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4

JACKSONVILLE CORRECTIONAL CENTER
2268 E MORTON AVE
217-245-1481
A Non-traditional School
Serves 217 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 39.5

IVAN K GARRISON CENTER
936 W MICHIGAN AVE
217-245-7174
A Special Education School
Serves 85 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.4

IL SCH FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED
658 E STATE ST
217-479-4400
A Non-traditional School
Serves 72 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 2.3

EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT PROGRAM
747 W LAFAYETTE AVE
217-243-8438
A Non-traditional School
Serves 68 students.

Jacksonville Colleges

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Illinois University between 1890 and 1901

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Illinois University between 1890 and 1901

Deaf and Dumb Asylum between 1880 and 1901

Insane Asylum between 1890 and 1901

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