Introduction to Lincoln, Illinois

Lincoln, Illinois, in Logan county, is 28 miles NE of Springfield, Illinois and 115 miles NE of St. Louis, Missouri.

Lincoln History

Lincoln was settled in the 1850s. The region around the present day city of Lincoln was very popular among settlers because it gave easy access to waterways like the Salt, Kickapoo and Sugar creeks. Moreover, it was the site where a railroad was to be built. More than anything else, this played a major role in the development of this area. Abraham Lincoln assisted in platting the town and Lincoln was named after him.

Lincoln and nearby Attractions

  • Edward R. Madigan State Park
  • New Salem State Historic Site
  • Lincoln College Museum
  • Lincoln Elks Golf Club
  • Kickapoo Creek County Park
  • Lincoln Lakes

Things To Do In Lincoln

Lincoln is abundant in natural beauty. It has several hundred acres of parkland which has been developed for modern requirements. They offer facilities for a varied number of activities. The area is steeped in history and offers several opportunities to learn about the past. The city also organizes special programs and festivals regularly, which provide fun and excitement to the residents of Lincoln.

Lincoln Transportation

Capital Airport is the nearest major airport.

Lincoln Higher Education

One can pursue higher studies at Lincoln College or the Lincoln Christian College and Seminary. Other options in the neighboring areas include the Lincoln Land Community College and Millikin University.


Total Population 14,285
Male Share of the Population 46.6%
Female Share of the Population 53.4%
Senior Citizens 19.7%
Employed Population 16+ 6,006
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 49.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $60,331
% Above Poverty Level 81.4%
% Below Poverty Level 18.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 1.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.1%
% Using Public Transportation 1.3%


People Living Alone 32%
Median Gross Rent $624
Median House Value $90,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 23%
US/American 0%
English 9.2%
Irish 16.7%

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

Lincoln Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 28 miles NE of Springfield, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 115 miles NE of St. Louis, Missouri
County Logan
Standard Zip Codes 62656
Phone Area Codes 217
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.148
Longitude -89.364

Lincoln Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.7 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 33 F
Apr Temp 39 to 63 F
Jul Temp 64 to 86 F
Oct Temp 41 to 67 F
Annual Precip 38.3 inches
Station MASON CITY 1 W
Distance 18.1 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 33 F
Apr Temp 41 to 65 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 44 to 67 F
Annual Precip 35.7 inches
Distance 39.6 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 31 F
Apr Temp 40 to 62 F
Jul Temp 65 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 64 F
Annual Precip 36 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Atlanta 1,321 $66,154
Broadwell 117 $55,833
Elkhart 346 $74,688
Hartsburg 243 $70,833

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

Lincoln Public Libraries

Lincoln P.l.d.
Lincoln, Illinois
(217) 732-8878
Library Web Site

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Lincoln Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(217) 732-2161
Emergency Service: Yes

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Lincoln High Schools

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Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 960 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.5

1096 1350TH ST
A Non-traditional School
Serves 513 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 46.6

P O BOX 549
A Non-traditional School
Serves 285 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 47.5

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Historic Lincoln


Odd Fellow's orphans' home between 1890 and 1901

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Odd Fellow's orphans' home between 1890 and 1901

Lincoln University between 1890 and 1901

Lincoln's residence ca. 1900

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