Prairie, Illinois

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Prairie, Illinois

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High Points

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

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Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Prairie Public Transportation Use
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 16% Prairie Affordability of Property Taxes

Comparative Profile of Prairie, Illinois

Comparing Prairie 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
Female Share of the Population 10 10
Children Under 5 Years Old 10 9
Well-Paid Single Women 9 7
Well-Paid Single Men 5 3
Senior Citizens 3 4
Age of the Population 2 2
Male Share of the Population 1 1
Racial Diversity 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 7 6
Portion of People Married 5 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 7 5
Median Family Income 7 4
People in Middle Class or Better 7 4
College Educated Adults 2 2

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 9 7
Working at Home 5 5
Walking and Biking to Work 3 2
Short Commute Times 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 9
People Living Alone 6 7
Housing Recently Built 5 6
Affordability of Rents 3 5
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 3
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 1

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Prairie Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 39 miles S of St. Louis, Missouri
County Randolph
Standard Zip Codes 62261, 62277
Phone Area Codes 618
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.083
Longitude -90.095

Prairie Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 10.5 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 39 F
Apr Temp 45 to 68 F
Jul Temp 68 to 91 F
Oct Temp 46 to 71 F
Annual Precip 39.6 inches
Station FESTUS
Distance 20.9 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 39 F
Apr Temp 41 to 67 F
Jul Temp 64 to 88 F
Oct Temp 42 to 70 F
Annual Precip 39.9 inches
Distance 26.3 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 39 F
Apr Temp 43 to 67 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 44 to 69 F
Annual Precip 42.7 inches
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Prairie Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 613 100%
Male 275 44.9%
Female 338 55.1%
Under 18 179 29.2%
18+ 434 70.8%
65+ 74 12.1%
Median Age 33.8
Average Family Size 3.16
White 607 99%
African-American 0 0%
Asian 0 0%
American Indian & Alaskan 2 0.3%
Other 0 0%
Mixed Race 4 0.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 0 0%

Estimated Prairie Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 589
Growth -24
Growth % -3.9%

Prairie 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 37%
French (except Basque) 25.6%
Irish 12.6%
US/American 9.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.7%
English 2.5%
Dutch 0.9%
Lithuanian 0.7%
Welsh 0.4%
Italian 0.4%
Polish 0.4%
Czechoslovakian 0.4%
Scotch-Irish 0.2%
European 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Modoc (62261)

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)
Prairie 613 $44,659
Baldwin 3,627 $31,528
Ellis Grove 381 $42,750
Evansville 724 $41,719
Maeystown 148 $43,750
Red Bud 3,422 $50,280
Ruma 260 $38,333
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