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Overview

Introduction to Mount Vernon, Illinois

Mount Vernon, Illinois, in Jefferson county, is 77 miles W of Evansville, Indiana and 77 miles E of St. Louis, Missouri.

Mount Vernon History

Zadok Casey founded Mount Vernon in 1817. The name was based on George Washington’s plantation of the same name in Northern Virginia. The Illinois Supreme Court was shifted to Mount Vernon in 1848. This brought important lawyers, including Abraham Lincoln, to Mount Vernon to argue their cases. In February 1888, the area was hit by a tornado and suffered substantial destruction. It was one of the first disasters where the American Red Cross assisted in the relief efforts.

Mount Vernon and nearby Attractions

  • Cedarhurst
  • Wheels Through Time Museum
  • Iris Farm
  • Jefferson County Historical Village
  • Indian Hills Golf Club
  • Homestead Golf Club

Things To Do In Mount Vernon

The city of Mount Vernon is very close to some of the most exciting outdoor recreation opportunities in Illinois. The Rend Lake Recreation area is a popular spot where people go for boating, fishing and hunting. There are a couple of golf courses in the city as well. Moreover, there are excellent offerings for people who are interested in art, history and culture. The Jefferson County Historical Village has authentic exhibits that speak volumes about the history of the area.

Mount Vernon Transportation

Air transport is available from Mount Vernon Airport.

Mount Vernon Higher Education

John A. Logan College, Southern Illinois University and Southwestern Illinois College are some of the institutes where one can pursue higher education around Mount Vernon.

People

Total Population 15,136
Male Share of the Population 47.7%
Female Share of the Population 52.3%
Senior Citizens 18.7%
Employed Population 16+ 6,256
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 40.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.2%
Median Earnings25+ $30,507
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,508
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,558

Wealth

Median Family Income $48,780
% Above Poverty Level 79.1%
% Below Poverty Level 20.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 41.5%
Median Gross Rent $595
Median House Value $72,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 28.4%
US/American 0%
English 12.1%
Irish 10.5%

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

Mount Vernon Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 77 miles W of Evansville, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 77 miles E of St. Louis, Missouri
County Jefferson
Standard Zip Codes 62864
Phone Area Codes 618
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.317
Longitude -88.903

Mount Vernon 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 MT VERNON 3 NE
Distance 3.7 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 37 F
Apr Temp 43 to 65 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 43 to 68 F
Annual Precip 42.1 inches
Station NASHVILLE 4 NE
Distance 21.8 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 38 F
Apr Temp 45 to 67 F
Jul Temp 68 to 88 F
Oct Temp 47 to 69 F
Annual Precip 39 inches
Station SALEM
Distance 23.2 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 37 F
Apr Temp 44 to 65 F
Jul Temp 68 to 88 F
Oct Temp 45 to 69 F
Annual Precip 42.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Bakerville (62864)

Camp Ground (62864)

Dodds (62864)

Idlewood (62864)

Marcoe (62864)

Miller Lake (62864)

Summersville (62864)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bluford 617 $48,542
Bonnie 403 $54,063
Dix 464 $64,821

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

Mount Vernon Public Libraries

Library
C. E. Brehm Mem. P.l.d.
101 SOUTH SEVENTH STREET
Mount Vernon, Illinois
(618) 242-6322
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Mount Vernon Hospitals

CROSSROADS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
8 DOCTORS PARK ROAD
(618) 244-5500
Emergency Service: Yes

GOOD SAMARITAN REGIONAL HLTH CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
605 N 12TH STREET
(618) 242-4600
Emergency Service: Yes

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Mount Vernon High Schools

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MOUNT VERNON HIGH SCHOOL
320 S 7TH ST
618-244-3700
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,407 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.8

MT VERNON ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL
1714 BROADWAY
618-244-8044
A Non-traditional School
Serves 36 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.2

KMC 801 BD CENTER
1107 S 5TH STREET
618-244-5720
A Special Education School
Serves 22 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11

SAFE SCHOOL PROGRAM
1714 BROADWAY ST
618-244-8040
A Non-traditional School
Serves 8 students.

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