Pana, Illinois

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Pana, Illinois

Introduction to Pana, Illinois

Pana, Illinois, in Christian county, is 31 miles S of Decatur, Illinois and 83 miles NE of St. Louis, Missouri. There are an estimated 5,614 people in the city.

Pana History

Pana was established on June 6, 1845 as the Stone Coal Precinct. It changed its named to Pana in 1856, and was incorporated as a village in the following year. Pana was named after the Pawnee Native American tribe.

Pana and nearby Attractions

  • Edgar Lee Masters Memorial Museum
  • Eagle Creek State Park
  • Bryant Cottage State Historic Site
  • Henson Robinson Zoo
  • Vandalia Statehouse

Things To Do In Pana

Kitchell Park, located nearby, is registered on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Other local parks include Welburn Park and Kehias Park. Lake Pana, Lake Shelbyville, Beyers Lake and SangChris Lake are all popular nearby recreational spots. The Lincoln Prairie Trail, which extends over 45 miles from Pana to Springfield, is also accessible from Pana.

Pana Transportation

Lambert-St. Louis International is the nearest major airport.

Pana Higher Education

Nearby colleges include Greenville College, Lake Land College and Lincoln Land Community College.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Pana Affordability of Rents

Comparative Profile of Pana, Illinois

Comparing Pana 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
Senior Citizens 10 10
Female Share of the Population 9 9
Age of the Population 8 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 5 6
Well-Paid Single Men 3 3
Male Share of the Population 2 2
Racial Diversity 1 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 4 2
Average Household Size 3 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 3 2
People Above Poverty 3 1
Median Family Income 2 2
College Educated Adults 1 2

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 8 8
Short Commute Times 5 7
Working at Home 1 2
Walking and Biking to Work 1 2


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 5 8
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 3 5
Housing Recently Built 1 2

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Pana Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 31 miles S of Decatur, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 83 miles NE of St. Louis, Missouri
County Christian
Standard Zip Codes 62557
Phone Area Codes 217
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.388
Longitude -89.08

Pana Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station PANA 3 E
Distance 2.9 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 34 F
Apr Temp 42 to 64 F
Jul Temp 65 to 88 F
Oct Temp 43 to 68 F
Annual Precip 40.5 inches
Distance 17.2 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 34 F
Apr Temp 41 to 64 F
Jul Temp 64 to 88 F
Oct Temp 42 to 68 F
Annual Precip 37.5 inches
Distance 26 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 35 F
Apr Temp 43 to 65 F
Jul Temp 66 to 87 F
Oct Temp 45 to 68 F
Annual Precip 39.1 inches
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Pana Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,614 100%
Male 2,597 46.3%
Female 3,017 53.7%
Under 18 1,376 24.5%
18+ 4,238 75.5%
65+ 1,248 22.2%
Median Age 39.8
Average Family Size 2.97
White 5,563 99.1%
African-American 4 0.1%
Asian 14 0.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 8 0.1%
Other 3 0.1%
Mixed Race 22 0.4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 28 0.5%

Estimated Pana Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 5,529
Growth -85
Growth % -1.5%

Pana 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 28.2%
US/American 22.5%
English 12.5%
Irish 10.5%
French (except Basque) 5.1%
Italian 4.2%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4%
Polish 2.4%
Dutch 1.6%
Austrian 1.3%
European 1.3%
Czech 0.9%
Welsh 0.9%
Scottish 0.9%
Belgian 0.7%
Lithuanian 0.5%
Swedish 0.4%
French Canadian 0.4%
Danish 0.3%
Scotch-Irish 0.3%
Croatian 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
Russian 0.2%
Pennsylvania German 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
Greek 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Dunkel (62557)
Millersville (62557)

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)
Pana 5,614 $35,406
Assumption 1,261 $41,417
Coalton 307 $46,250
Nokomis 2,389 $36,850
Oconee 202 $41,250
Owaneco 256 $33,750
Tower Hill 609 $35,500

Pana Public Libraries

Carnegie-schuyler Library
Pana, Illinois
(217) 562-2326

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Pana Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(217) 562-2131
Emergency Service: Yes

Wal-mart in Pana

(As of 2006)
10 West Second
(217) 562-5081
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Pana High Schools (2004)

PO BOX 377
Serves 486 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.7

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