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Overview

Introduction to Effingham, Illinois

Effingham, Illinois, in Effingham county, is 54 miles SE of Decatur, Illinois and 99 miles E of St. Louis, Missouri.

Effingham History

Effingham was named after Edward Effingham, who was a general in the British Army but resigned because he did not want to fight a war against the colonies. The city was once a noted railway junction as the Illinois Central Railroad and Pennsylvania Railroad crossed in downtown Effingham. The area was the site of a disaster in 1949, when St. Anthony’ hospital caught fire, killing 70 people.

Effingham and nearby Attractions

  • Eagle Creek
  • Wolf Creek State Parks
  • Anthony Acres Resort
  • Effingham Country Club
  • Cardinal Golf Course
  • Lake Sara

Things To Do In Effingham

Effingham provides excellent opportunities for recreation with its scenic lakes and golf courses. Lake Sara has 27 miles of wooded shoreline with facilities for fishing, waterskiing, swimming, camping and motor boating. The Anthony Acres Resort offers a private beach, picnic tables, private decks and grills, a boat launch ramp, bonfire pit, basketball court, playground, shuffle board court and more. Further, there are both 18 and 9 hole golf courses in the vicinity. The city also offers suitable dining and shopping opportunities.

Effingham Transportation

Coles County Memorial Airport provides air transportation facilities.

Higher Education

Opportunities for higher education are available at Lake Land College, Eastern Illinois University and Millikin University.

Demographics

People

Total Population12,650
Male Share of the Population48.3%
Female Share of the Population51.7%
Senior Citizens17.7%
Employed Population 16+5,894
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married44.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher24.2%
Median Earnings25+$31,244
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$16,917
Median Earnings With High School Degree$29,021

Wealth

Median Family Income$64,390
% Above Poverty Level84.4%
% Below Poverty Level15.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time13 minutes
% Working from Home2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.9%
% Using Public Transportation0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone37.1%
Median Gross Rent$557
Median House Value$123,500

Ancestry

German41.5%
Irish14.5%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)13.5%
English8%
French Except Basque2.7%
Scottish1.7%
Polish1.2%
Italian1.2%
Swedish1%
Dutch0.9%
Hungarian0.7%
Norwegian0.7%
Welsh0.6%
African0.5%
Croatian0.3%
Danishn0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Czech0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Haitian0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Russian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
US/American0.1%
Turkish0.1%
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Effingham Almanac

CategoryValue
County Effingham County
Standard Zip Codes62401
Phone Area Codes217
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude39.11
Approximate Longitude-88.55

Effingham Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationEFFINGHAM
Distance3.9 miles
Jan Temp18 to 35 F
Apr Temp42 to 64 F
Jul Temp66 to 87 F
Oct Temp43 to 67 F
Annual Precip42 inches
StationNEWTON 6 SSE
Distance26.9 miles
Jan Temp19 to 34 F
Apr Temp42 to 63 F
Jul Temp66 to 85 F
Oct Temp43 to 66 F
Annual Precip41.2 inches
StationFLORA 5 NW
Distance28 miles
Jan Temp21 to 38 F
Apr Temp43 to 67 F
Jul Temp65 to 89 F
Oct Temp45 to 69 F
Annual Precip42.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Dieterich714$55,417
Montrose258$38,750

Effingham Public Libraries

Effingham Public Library
200 NORTH THIRD STREET
Effingham, Illinois
(217) 342-2464

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Effingham Hospitals

St Anthonys Memorial Hospital
(Non-profit)
503 N Maple Street
(217) 342-2121

Effingham Public Schools

Aspire Alternative High School
900 W Edgar Ave
ZIP: 62401
(217) 342-2865
High
Total Enrollment 31
Central Grade School
10421 N Us Highway 45
ZIP: 62401
(217) 540-1527
Primary
Total Enrollment 676
Early Learning Center
3224 S Banker St
ZIP: 62401
(217) 540-1527
Primary
Total Enrollment 226
Effingham High School
1301 W Grove Ave
ZIP: 62401
(217) 540-1527
High
Total Enrollment 783
Effingham Junior High School
600 S Henrietta St
ZIP: 62401
(217) 540-1527
Middle
Total Enrollment 564
Fresh Start Treatment & Learning
215 N 1st St
ZIP: 62401
(217) 342-6161
Other
Total Enrollment 50
South Side Grade School
211 W Douglas Ave
ZIP: 62401
(217) 540-1527
Primary
Total Enrollment 377
Tristar Acad Safe Sch Program
900 W Edgar Ave
ZIP: 62401
(217) 342-2865
Middle
Total Enrollment 13

Effingham Private Schools

Sacred Heart Elementary School
407 S Henrietta St
ZIP: 62401
Elementary
Total Enrollment 84
St Anthony Elementary School
405 N 2nd St
ZIP: 62401
Elementary
Total Enrollment 339
St Anthony High School
304 E Roadway Ave
ZIP: 62401
Secondary
Total Enrollment 189
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