Introduction to Pontiac, Illinois

Pontiac, Illinois, in Livingston county, is 33 miles NE of Bloomington, Illinois and 84 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois.

Pontiac History

Pontiac was named after a legendary Indian chief in 1837. It was platted in the same year. The following year saw the arrival of the first settlers. Pontiac developed into an important regional trading center due to its strategic location along the railroad that connected St. Louis, Springfield and Chicago.

Pontiac and nearby Attractions

  • Jones House & Yost Museum
  • Route 66 Museum
  • Swinging Bridges
  • Pontiac Elks County Club
  • Old City Hall

Things To Do In Pontiac

The downtown area offers satisfying shopping and dining opportunities. The Old City Hall has more than 20 specialty boutiques and shops. The more than 20 restaurants of the town offer a great range of continental and ethnic cuisine. One can also visit historic sites like the Jones House and the Catharine V. Yost House Museum.

Pontiac Transportation

University of Illinois-Willard Airport has facilities for air transportation.

Pontiac Higher Education

Heartland Community College, Illinois Wesleyan University and Illinois State University are some institutions offering higher education facilities.


Total Population 12,085
Male Share of the Population 56.3%
Female Share of the Population 43.7%
Senior Citizens 13.9%
Employed Population 16+ 4,320
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 38.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $63,804
% Above Poverty Level 84.9%
% Below Poverty Level 15.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 1.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.6%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 34.9%
Median Gross Rent $607
Median House Value $98,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 24.9%
US/American 0.1%
English 8.6%
Irish 15.3%

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

Pontiac Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 33 miles NE of Bloomington, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 84 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois
County Livingston
Standard Zip Codes 61764
Phone Area Codes 815
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.88
Longitude -88.629

Pontiac Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.3 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 39 to 62 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 42 to 65 F
Annual Precip 36.1 inches
Station CHENOA
Distance 11.2 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 32 F
Apr Temp 40 to 63 F
Jul Temp 64 to 86 F
Oct Temp 43 to 66 F
Annual Precip 34.6 inches
Station DWIGHT
Distance 17.9 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 29 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 64 F
Annual Precip 34.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Cayuga (61764)

Eppards Point (61764)

McDowell (61764)

Ocoya (61764)

Owego (61764)

Rooks Creek (61764)

Rowe (61764)

Rugby (61764)

Swygert (61764)

Vermillion Estates (61764)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Chenoa 1,763 $61,979
Cornell 353 $49,205
Fairbury 3,722 $56,647
Flanagan 1,138 $61,518

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

Pontiac Public Libraries

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Pontiac Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(815) 842-2828
Emergency Service: Yes

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Pontiac High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 868 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.7

P O BOX 99
A Non-traditional School
Serves 95 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.8

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Historic Pontiac


Court House at Pontiac between 1880 and 1901

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Court House at Pontiac between 1880 and 1901

Station at Pontiac between 1900 and 1905

On the Vermillion River between 1890 and 1901

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