West Frankfort, Illinois

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West Frankfort, Illinois

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. The city is home to some 8,196 residents.

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.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% West Frankfort Affordability of Rents
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% West Frankfort Affordability of Property Taxes

Comparative Profile of West Frankfort, Illinois

Comparing West Frankfort 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
Senior Citizens 10 9
Female Share of the Population 9 9
Age of the Population 9 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 4
Male Share of the Population 2 2
Well-Paid Single Men 2 2
Racial Diversity 1 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 3 2
Average Household Size 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 2 1
People in Middle Class or Better 2 1
College Educated Adults 2 4
Median Family Income 2 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 7 8
Short Commute Times 6 8
Working at Home 5 5
Public Transportation Use 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 10 10
Affordability of Rents 9 8
Affordability of Property Taxes 9 9
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 6 8
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 5 8
Housing Recently Built 1 2

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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

  • 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
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West Frankfort Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 8,196 100%
Male 3,809 46.5%
Female 4,387 53.5%
Under 18 1,826 22.3%
18+ 6,370 77.7%
65+ 1,708 20.8%
Median Age 40
Average Family Size 2.86
White 8,077 98.5%
African-American 11 0.1%
Asian 25 0.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 19 0.2%
Other 10 0.1%
Mixed Race 54 0.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 63 0.8%

Estimated West Frankfort Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 8,285
Growth 89
Growth % 1.1%

West Frankfort 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
US/American 30.6%
German 13.8%
Irish 11.5%
English 10.2%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.2%
Italian 8%
Polish 4.5%
Scotch-Irish 2.7%
Scottish 1.8%
French (except Basque) 1.5%
Welsh 1.3%
Lithuanian 1.2%
Dutch 0.7%
Slovak 0.6%
Norwegian 0.6%
Croatian 0.5%
Russian 0.4%
Yugoslavian 0.3%
Czech 0.2%
Greek 0.2%
Swedish 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
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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 Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
West Frankfort 8,196 $34,432
Benton 6,880 $35,339
Freeman Spur 273 $28,750
Johnston City 3,557 $32,363
Orient 296 $22,188
West City 716 $28,155
Zeigler 1,669 $30,776

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Serves 566 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.9

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