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Overview

Introduction to Washington, Illinois

Washington, Illinois is 9 miles E of Peoria, Illinois and 121 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois. It is in Tazewell county. The city is part of the Peoria - Pekin metro area. The population of Washington is 10,841.

Washington History

Washington was founded in 1825 by William Holland Sr, who moved to the area from North Carolina. He was hired by the U.S. Government to provide blacksmith services to the local Native Americans. The city was initially named Holland’s Grove in his honor. It was later renamed Washington in honor of the first U.S. President.

Washington and nearby Attractions

  • Washington City Hall
  • Sunnyland Plaza Shopping Center
  • Saint Marks Church
  • West Lake
  • Glendale Cemetery
  • Washington District Library
  • Washington Park

Things To Do In Washington

The West Lake boasts of optimum conditions for fishing, while Candlewood Park, Meadow Valley Park and Washington Park provide plenty of greenery and recreational facilities.

Washington Transportation

Greater Peoria Regional Airport provides air transportation facilities.

Washington Higher Education

Bradley University and Illinois State University provide higher education facilities to the people of Washington.

People

Total Population 15,525
Male Share of the Population 49.5%
Female Share of the Population 50.5%
Senior Citizens 13.9%
Employed Population 16+ 7,266
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 64.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 38.2%
Median Earnings25+ $48,240
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,115
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,289

Wealth

Median Family Income $84,100
% Above Poverty Level 94.5%
% Below Poverty Level 5.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.5%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 21.8%
Median Gross Rent $735
Median House Value $164,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.8%
US/American 0%
English 9.4%
Irish 17.6%

Washington Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 9 miles E of Peoria, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 121 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois
County Tazewell
Metro Area Peoria - Pekin
Standard Zip Codes 61571
Phone Area Codes 309
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.703
Longitude -89.407

Washington Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station PEORIA GTR PEORIA AP
Distance 14.7 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 31 F
Apr Temp 40 to 62 F
Jul Temp 65 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 64 F
Annual Precip 36 inches
Station MINONK
Distance 24.5 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 30 F
Apr Temp 38 to 62 F
Jul Temp 62 to 86 F
Oct Temp 41 to 66 F
Annual Precip 37.2 inches
Station MASON CITY 1 W
Distance 38.1 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 33 F
Apr Temp 41 to 65 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 44 to 67 F
Annual Precip 35.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Beverly Manor (61571)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Deer Creek 781 $67,396
Eureka 5,638 $74,861
Germantown Hills 3,439 $109,263

Washington Public Libraries

Library
Washington District Library
301 WALNUT ST
Washington, Illinois
(309) 444-2241
Library Web Site

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Washington High Schools

WASHINGTON COMM HIGH SCHOOL
115 BONDURANT ST
309-444-7704
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,054 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.9

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