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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.

People

Total Population 17,646
Male Share of the Population 47.9%
Female Share of the Population 52.1%
Senior Citizens 18.7%
Employed Population 16+ 7,576
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 40.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $47,974
% Above Poverty Level 79%
% Below Poverty Level 21%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 34.7%
Median Gross Rent $599
Median House Value $80,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15.3%
US/American 0%
English 8.4%
Irish 13.3%

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

Mattoon Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 39 miles SE of Decatur, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 118 miles NE of St. Louis, Missouri
County Coles
Standard Zip Codes 61938
Phone Area Codes 217
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.483
Longitude -88.372

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)

Station MATTOON
Distance 1.7 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 33 F
Apr Temp 42 to 62 F
Jul Temp 66 to 86 F
Oct Temp 45 to 66 F
Annual Precip 39.2 inches
Station CHARLESTON
Distance 10.2 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 35 F
Apr Temp 43 to 65 F
Jul Temp 65 to 88 F
Oct Temp 45 to 68 F
Annual Precip 41.7 inches
Station WINDSOR
Distance 12.3 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 35 F
Apr Temp 43 to 65 F
Jul Temp 66 to 87 F
Oct Temp 45 to 68 F
Annual Precip 39.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Allenville 170 $50,156
Charleston 21,552 $50,175
Gays 288 $50,000

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

Mattoon Public Libraries

Library
Mattoon P.l.
1600 CHARLESTON AVENUE
Mattoon, Illinois
(217) 234-2621

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Mattoon Hospitals

SARAH BUSH LINCOLN HEALTH CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1000 HEALTH CENTER DRIVE P O BOX 372
(217) 258-2572
Emergency Service: Yes

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Mattoon High Schools

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MATTOON HIGH SCHOOL
2521 WALNUT AVE
217-238-7800
Serves 986 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.8

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2405 CHAMPAIGN AVE
217-238-8800
Serves 120 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10

PATHWAYS ROE 11
305 RICHMOND E
217-235-2222
A Non-traditional School
Serves 80 students.

DIAGNOSTIC & DEVELOPMENTAL CTR
1201 S 6TH STREET
217-258-5286
A Special Education School
Serves 45 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5

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