Monticello, Illinois

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Monticello, Illinois

Introduction to Monticello, Illinois

Monticello, Illinois, in Piatt county, is 18 miles W of Champaign, Illinois and 129 miles W of Indianapolis, Indiana. There are an estimated 5,138 people in the city.

Monticello History

George Haworth was the first resident of Monticello. He arrived in 1822 as a United States liaison agent. James A. Piatt purchased Haworth’s small log cabin in 1829. James McReynolds, William Barnes and Abraham Marquiss formed a joint stock company after purchasing land from Piatt. The area was named Monticello on the suggestion of James McReynolds. It was officially incorporated on July 1, 1837.

Monticello and nearby Attractions

  • Monticello Railway Museum
  • Weldon Springs State Park
  • Early American Museum
  • Spitler Woods State Park
  • Children's Museum of Illinois
  • Clinton Lake State Recreational Area

Things To Do In Monticello

Curtis Orchard, the Putt Zone Fun Center and Prairie Fire Glass are some of the popular local recreational destinations. At the Monticello Railway Museum, visitors can see cars on display and enjoy train rides. Those interested in the region’s history may enjoy a visit to the Macon County Museum Complex, the Early American Museum or the Children's Museum of Illinois. Local golfers can enjoy a round at the Monticello Golf Course.

Monticello Transportation

Central Illinois Regional Airport at Bloomington-Normal is nearby.

Monticello Higher Education

Parkland College, Millikin University and Lakeland College are accessible from Monticello.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 15% Monticello College Educated Adults
Short Commute Times
(vs. State)
Top 18% Monticello Short Commute Times
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 18% Monticello Well-Paid Single Women
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 18% Monticello Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Monticello, Illinois

Comparing Monticello 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
Age of the Population 10 10
Senior Citizens 9 9
Female Share of the Population 8 8
Well-Paid Single Women 8 9
Well-Paid Single Men 8 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 4
Male Share of the Population 3 3
Racial Diversity 1 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 7
Average Household Size 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 9 8
People in Middle Class or Better 8 8
College Educated Adults 8 9
Median Family Income 7 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 7 7
Short Commute Times 7 9
Public Transportation Use 3 5
Walking and Biking to Work 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 7 5
People Living Alone 7 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 5
Housing Recently Built 4 7
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 6
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 4

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Monticello Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 18 miles W of Champaign, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 129 miles W of Indianapolis, Indiana
County Piatt
Standard Zip Codes 61856
Phone Area Codes 217
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.027
Longitude -88.573

Monticello Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 13.7 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 32 F
Apr Temp 40 to 62 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 42 to 66 F
Annual Precip 36 inches
Distance 22 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 34 F
Apr Temp 42 to 66 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 45 to 68 F
Annual Precip 40.6 inches
Distance 29.3 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 33 F
Apr Temp 39 to 63 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 41 to 67 F
Annual Precip 38.7 inches
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Monticello Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,138 100%
Male 2,418 47.1%
Female 2,720 52.9%
Under 18 1,203 23.4%
18+ 3,935 76.6%
65+ 1,021 19.9%
Median Age 41.7
Average Family Size 2.91
White 5,087 99%
African-American 4 0.1%
Asian 7 0.1%
American Indian & Alaskan 7 0.1%
Other 4 0.1%
Mixed Race 28 0.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 41 0.8%

Estimated Monticello Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 5,275
Growth 137
Growth % 2.7%

Monticello 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 30.2%
Irish 14.4%
English 13.9%
US/American 9.5%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.2%
Swedish 3.6%
Dutch 3.2%
Scotch-Irish 2.9%
Scottish 2.7%
Polish 2.6%
European 2.5%
Norwegian 1.2%
Italian 1.1%
French (except Basque) 1%
Lithuanian 0.5%
Swiss 0.3%
Greek 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
Australian 0.3%
Latvian 0.3%
Russian 0.2%
French Canadian 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
Pennsylvania German 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Lodge (61856)

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)
Monticello 5,138 $57,287
Bement 1,784 $47,652
Bondville 455 $38,462
Cisco 264 $43,750
De Land 475 $45,156
Ivesdale 288 $51,964
Weldon 440 $46,000

Monticello Public Libraries

Monticello Twp. Library
Monticello, Illinois
(217) 762-4676
Library Web Site

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Monticello Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(217) 762-2115
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 13.4

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