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Overview

Introduction to West Frankfort, Illinois

West Frankfort, Illinois, in Franklin county, is 75 miles W of Evansville, Indiana and 89 miles SE of St. Louis, Missouri. 

West Frankfort History

In 1810, Francis Jordan arrived in this area from Tennessee and constructed a fort on top of a hill where Franklin County is currently situated. This fort was called Frank’s Fort, and Jordan soon constructed other forts in anticipation of the threats posed by Tecumseh’s War. This resulted in the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811. An important trading route developed between Kaskaskia and Old Shawneetown, Illinois, and settlers began to be attracted to the region near Frank’s Fort.

West Frankfort and nearby Attractions

  • Heritage House Museum
  • Bollinger Mill State Historic Site
  • Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge
  • Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area
  • Shawnee National Forest

Things To Do In West Frankfort

Local museums include the Depot Veteran’s Museum, the Ken Gray Presidential Hall of Fame and the Heritage House Museum. The Ken Gray Presidential Hall of Fame houses information regarding the political life of former Congressman Ken Gray. Local parks include the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, the Shawnee National Forest and the Pyramid State Recreation Area.

West Frankfort Transportation

Williamson County Regional is the nearest major airport.

West Frankfort Higher Education

John A. Logan College, Southern Illinois University, Southeast Missouri State University and Southwestern Illinois College are some of the local colleges and universities.

People

Total Population 7,720
Male Share of the Population 48%
Female Share of the Population 52%
Senior Citizens 20.5%
Employed Population 16+ 2,668
Age of the Population 41

Families

% of people married 42.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 11.4%
Median Earnings25+ $28,038
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $25,962
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,565

Wealth

Median Family Income $44,315
% Above Poverty Level 76.6%
% Below Poverty Level 23.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 5.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 42.4%
Median Gross Rent $485
Median House Value $55,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 17.7%
US/American 0%
English 12.8%
Irish 12.9%

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

West Frankfort Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 75 miles W of Evansville, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 89 miles SE of St. Louis, Missouri
County Franklin
Standard Zip Codes 62896
Phone Area Codes 618
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.897
Longitude -88.931

West Frankfort 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 MARION 4 NNE
Distance 9.2 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 38 F
Apr Temp 42 to 66 F
Jul Temp 65 to 87 F
Oct Temp 43 to 68 F
Annual Precip 46.9 inches
Station DU QUOIN 4 SE
Distance 15.8 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 40 F
Apr Temp 45 to 68 F
Jul Temp 68 to 90 F
Oct Temp 45 to 71 F
Annual Precip 44.1 inches
Station MT VERNON 3 NE
Distance 31.6 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 37 F
Apr Temp 43 to 65 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 43 to 68 F
Annual Precip 42.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Deering (62896)

Denning (62896)

Ezra (62896)

Plumfield (62896)

Stiritz (62896)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Benton 7,319 $50,598
Freeman Spur 200 $56,250

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

West Frankfort Public Libraries

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West Frankfort P.l.
402 EAST POPLAR ST.
West Frankfort, Illinois
(618) 932-3313

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West Frankfort High Schools

FRANKFORT HIGH SCHOOL
601 E MAIN ST
618-932-3126
Serves 566 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.9

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