Introduction to Vandalia, Illinois

Vandalia, Illinois, in Fayette county, is 61 miles S of Decatur, Illinois (center to center) and 67 miles E of St. Louis, Missouri. As of the 2000 census, 6,975 people lived in Vandalia.

Vandalia History

Vandalia is the county seat of Fayette County, which was founded in 1821. Fayette County was named after Marquis de LaFayette and was formed from Clark, Bond, and Crawford Counties. The city was founded in 1819, but the history of the city's name is uncertain. Some believe that its name came from a Germanic Vandal tribe, while others believe that it was named after an Indian tribe which existed during the 19th century.

Vandalia and Nearby Attractions

  • Vandalia Statehouse
  • Archway Skydiving Center
  • William Jennings Bryan Museum
  • Keck's Marsh
  • Carlyle Lake Wildlife Management Area
  • Wolf Creek State Park

Things To Do In Vandalia

Vandalia Lake Marina provides camping, fishing, swimming, and boating opportunities. Fayette County Museum has a large collection of artifacts from the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Vietnam War, and Spanish American War. Some interesting places to visit in Vandalia are Old State Capitol, Lincoln Park, Tiger Lily Art Gallery, Madonna of the Trail, Farmers Monument, and Little Brick House. Proximate parks include Sangchris Lake State Park, Beaver Dam State Park, Stephen A. Forbes State Park, and South Shore State Park.

Vandalia Transportation

Flights are available at Lambert St. Louis International Airport.

Vandalia Higher Education

Colleges nearby include Kaskaskia College, Greenville College, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, Millikin University, and Lake Land College.


Total Population 6,247
Male Share of the Population 57.1%
Female Share of the Population 42.9%
Senior Citizens 14.2%
Employed Population 16+ 2,404
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 34.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.1%
Median Earnings25+ $25,573
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $12,500
Median Earnings With High School Degree $19,787


Median Family Income $51,683
% Above Poverty Level 86.7%
% Below Poverty Level 13.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.6%
% Using Public Transportation 2%


People Living Alone 39.7%
Median Gross Rent $553
Median House Value $78,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 24.1%
US/American 0%
English 6.5%
Irish 11%

Vandalia Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 61 miles S of Decatur, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 67 miles E of St. Louis, Missouri
County Fayette
Standard Zip Codes 62471
Phone Area Codes 618
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.96
Longitude -89.093

Vandalia Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.5 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 35 F
Apr Temp 43 to 64 F
Jul Temp 67 to 88 F
Oct Temp 43 to 67 F
Annual Precip 38.9 inches
Distance 27 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 36 F
Apr Temp 43 to 65 F
Jul Temp 67 to 88 F
Oct Temp 45 to 68 F
Annual Precip 40.6 inches
Distance 27.8 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 35 F
Apr Temp 42 to 64 F
Jul Temp 66 to 87 F
Oct Temp 43 to 67 F
Annual Precip 42 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Bear Grove (62471)

Shafter (62471)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brownstown 700 $53,929

Vandalia Public Libraries

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