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Overview

Introduction to Mattoon, Illinois

Mattoon, Illinois is 39 miles SE of Decatur, Illinois (center to center) and 118 miles NE of St. Louis, Missouri. It is in Coles county.

Mattoon History

Mattoon was originally known as "Pegtown." In 1861, the city was rechristened Mattoon after William Mattoon, chief construction engineer who helped construct the Terre Haute and Alton Railroad. During the 1880s, the area was known as the "Expansion Capital of the World." A number of manufacturing industries flourished in Mattoon in the beginning of the 20th century. The city was devastated by a tornado on May 26, 1917. Mattoon earned economic benefits and civic pride in the 1940s and 1950s due to the discovery of petroleum reserves in the surrounding countryside.

Mattoon and nearby Attractions

  • Douglas - Hart Nature Center
  • Lake Mattoon
  • Lincoln Log Cabin
  • Fox Ridge State Park
  • Kaskaskia River State Fish & Wildlife Area
  • Hidden Springs State Forest

Things To Do In Mattoon

You can visit the Douglas-Hart Nature Center and enjoy the scenic beauty of its trails, prairie, and deciduous forest while on a trip to Mattoon. The nature center includes a bird observation area. Lake Mattoon is a popular recreation spot and provides facilities for fishing, boating, and camping. Golf enthusiasts can visit the Meadowview Golf Course and the Mattoon Golf and Country Club. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Cross Country Mall Shopping Center and Good Neighbor Shopping Center.

Mattoon Transportation

Coles County Memorial Airport is nearby.

Mattoon Higher Education

Lake Land College is the local college. Other universities and colleges offering higher educational facilities are Eastern Illinois University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Heartland Community College, and Indiana State University.

Demographics

People

Total Population17,399
Male Share of the Population48.3%
Female Share of the Population51.7%
Senior Citizens18.4%
Employed Population 16+7,741
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married39.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher15.7%
Median Earnings25+$29,477
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$15,272
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,724

Wealth

Median Family Income$46,500
% Above Poverty Level78.6%
% Below Poverty Level21.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time16 minutes
% Working from Home2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.7%
% Using Public Transportation1.1%

Housing

People Living Alone34.5%
Median Gross Rent$611
Median House Value$80,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)14.5%
Irish13.5%
English8.1%
Italian3.5%
Dutch2.3%
French Except Basque2.1%
Scottish1.5%
Polish1.5%
Norwegian1%
Swedish0.6%
Canadian0.6%
Swiss0.4%
Iranian0.3%
Russian0.3%
Czech0.2%
Welsh0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Greek0.2%
German0.2%
West Indian0.1%
Bahamian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Australian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Slovak0.1%
African0.1%
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Mattoon Almanac

CategoryValue
County Coles County
Standard Zip Codes61938
Phone Area Codes217
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude39.47
Approximate Longitude-88.36

Mattoon Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationMATTOON
Distance1.7 miles
Jan Temp17 to 33 F
Apr Temp42 to 62 F
Jul Temp66 to 86 F
Oct Temp45 to 66 F
Annual Precip39.2 inches
StationCHARLESTON
Distance10.2 miles
Jan Temp19 to 35 F
Apr Temp43 to 65 F
Jul Temp65 to 88 F
Oct Temp45 to 68 F
Annual Precip41.7 inches
StationWINDSOR
Distance12.3 miles
Jan Temp19 to 35 F
Apr Temp43 to 65 F
Jul Temp66 to 87 F
Oct Temp45 to 68 F
Annual Precip39.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Allenville169$55,625
Charleston21,257$46,607
Gays293$50,625
Humboldt483$55,357
Lerna272$51,250
Neoga1,770$49,038

Mattoon Public Libraries

Mattoon Public Library
1600 CHARLESTON AVENUE
Mattoon, Illinois
(217) 234-2621

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Mattoon Hospitals

Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center
(Non-profit)
1000 Health Center Drive P O Box 372
(217) 258-2572

Mattoon Public Schools

Arland D Williams Jr Elem Sch
1709 S 9th St
ZIP: 61938
(217) 238-2800
Primary
Total Enrollment 709
Diagnostic & Developmental Ctr
1201 S 6th St
ZIP: 61938
(217) 258-5286
Other
Total Enrollment 61
Mattoon High School
2521 Walnut Ave
ZIP: 61938
(217) 238-7800
High
Total Enrollment 1022
Mattoon Middle School
1200 S 9th St
ZIP: 61938
(217) 238-5800
Middle
Total Enrollment 754
Neil Armstrong Program/hawthorne
2405 Champaign Ave
ZIP: 61938
(217) 238-8800
High
Total Enrollment 140
Pathways Roe 11
305 Richmond Ave E
ZIP: 61938
(217) 238-8383
High
Total Enrollment 80
Riddle Elementary School
4201 Western Ave
ZIP: 61938
(217) 238-3800
Primary
Total Enrollment 767

Mattoon Private Schools

St John's Lutheran School
100 Broadway
ZIP: 61938
Elementary
Total Enrollment 169
St Mary School
2000 Richmond Ave
ZIP: 61938
Elementary
Total Enrollment 77
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