Introduction to Paris, Illinois

Paris, Illinois, in Edgar county, is 18 miles NW of Terre Haute, Indiana (center to center) and 82 miles W of Indianapolis, Indiana. The city has a population of 9,077.

Paris History

Paris was originally a part of the hunting grounds of the Kickapoo Indian. The virgin timber and the rich prairie land, first sold in 1816, attracted the early settlers. By 1870, Paris was well connected by three railroads. The city adopted the commission form of government in 1915. Paris is the county seat of Edgar County, which was founded in 1823 and was named in honor of an Irish - born Royal Navy officer, John Edgar. The county was formed out of Clark County.

Paris and nearby Attractions

  • Art Center & Museum - Bicentennial
  • Ernie Pyle State Historic Site
  • Walnut Point State Park
  • Billie Creek Village
  • Lincoln Trail State Park

Things To Do In Paris

Paris has numerous parks and playgrounds including the Sunrise Park, Sylvain Park, and Sunset Park. Grace Lutheran Church, Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, First Christian Church, and Trinity United Methodist Church are some of the local churches. The Elks Country Club provides excellent facilities for golf enthusiasts. One can enjoy boating and fishing on the Twin Lakes and Eads Lake. The city also hosts the Edgar County Fair every year in July.

Paris Transportation

Terre Haute International Airport - Hulman Field is less than an hour's drive away.

Paris Higher Education

Indiana State University, Eastern Illinois University, and Ivy Tech State College - Wabash Valley provide facilities for higher education.


Total Population 8,702
Male Share of the Population 45.8%
Female Share of the Population 54.2%
Senior Citizens 19.4%
Employed Population 16+ 3,558
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 47.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17%
Median Earnings25+ $28,170
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,573
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,821


Median Family Income $45,395
% Above Poverty Level 75.8%
% Below Poverty Level 24.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%


People Living Alone 31.2%
Median Gross Rent $605
Median House Value $66,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.3%
US/American 0%
English 10.8%
Irish 15.5%

Paris Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 18 miles NW of Terre Haute, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 82 miles W of Indianapolis, Indiana
County Edgar
Standard Zip Codes 61944
Phone Area Codes 217
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.611
Longitude -87.696

Paris Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.6 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 34 F
Apr Temp 41 to 63 F
Jul Temp 65 to 86 F
Oct Temp 43 to 66 F
Annual Precip 41.5 inches
Distance 17.9 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 35 F
Apr Temp 42 to 64 F
Jul Temp 65 to 87 F
Oct Temp 44 to 68 F
Annual Precip 42.4 inches
Distance 26.9 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 36 F
Apr Temp 43 to 66 F
Jul Temp 65 to 87 F
Oct Temp 45 to 68 F
Annual Precip 44.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brocton 390 $43,250
Chrisman 1,389 $55,625

Paris Public Libraries

Paris Carnegie P.l.
207 S. MAIN
Paris, Illinois
(217) 463-3950

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Paris Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(217) 465-4141
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 16.5

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