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Overview

Introduction to Monticello, Illinois

Monticello, Illinois, in Piatt county, is 18 miles W of Champaign, Illinois and 129 miles W of Indianapolis, Indiana.

Monticello History

George Haworth was the first resident of Monticello. He arrived in 1822 as a United States liaison agent. James A. Piatt purchased Haworth’s small log cabin in 1829. James McReynolds, William Barnes and Abraham Marquiss formed a joint stock company after purchasing land from Piatt. The area was named Monticello on the suggestion of James McReynolds. It was officially incorporated on July 1, 1837.

Monticello and nearby Attractions

  • Monticello Railway Museum
  • Weldon Springs State Park
  • Early American Museum
  • Spitler Woods State Park
  • Children's Museum of Illinois
  • Clinton Lake State Recreational Area

Things To Do In Monticello

Curtis Orchard, the Putt Zone Fun Center and Prairie Fire Glass are some of the popular local recreational destinations. At the Monticello Railway Museum, visitors can see cars on display and enjoy train rides. Those interested in the region’s history may enjoy a visit to the Macon County Museum Complex, the Early American Museum or the Children's Museum of Illinois. Local golfers can enjoy a round at the Monticello Golf Course.

Monticello Transportation

Central Illinois Regional Airport at Bloomington-Normal is nearby.

Monticello Higher Education

Parkland College, Millikin University and Lakeland College are accessible from Monticello.

Demographics

People

Total Population5,609
Male Share of the Population47%
Female Share of the Population53%
Senior Citizens21%
Employed Population 16+2,780
Age of the Population42

Families

% of people married63.7%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher43.9%
Median Earnings25+$41,897
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$32,386

Wealth

Median Family Income$93,338
% Above Poverty Level93.8%
% Below Poverty Level6.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home3.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work0%
% Using Public Transportation0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone27.3%
Median Gross Rent$913
Median House Value$158,500

Ancestry

English19.8%
Irish18.8%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)9.8%
Scottish3.9%
Italian2.7%
French Except Basque2%
Dutch1.9%
Polish1.4%
Norwegian1%
Swedish0.9%
Czech0.7%
Welsh0.6%
Austrian0.5%
Belgian0.3%
Swiss0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
German0.2%
Danishn0.2%
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Monticello Almanac

CategoryValue
County Piatt County
Standard Zip Codes61856
Phone Area Codes217
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude40.02
Approximate Longitude-88.57

Monticello Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationFARMER CITY
Distance13.7 miles
Jan Temp14 to 32 F
Apr Temp40 to 62 F
Jul Temp64 to 85 F
Oct Temp42 to 66 F
Annual Precip36 inches
StationTUSCOLA
Distance22 miles
Jan Temp18 to 34 F
Apr Temp42 to 66 F
Jul Temp66 to 88 F
Oct Temp45 to 68 F
Annual Precip40.6 inches
StationRANTOUL
Distance29.3 miles
Jan Temp14 to 33 F
Apr Temp39 to 63 F
Jul Temp64 to 87 F
Oct Temp41 to 67 F
Annual Precip38.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bement1,646$48,036
Bondville515$51,500
Cisco240$60,417
De Land461$52,500
Ivesdale251$61,250

Monticello Public Libraries

Allerton Public Library District
201 NORTH STATE STREET
Monticello, Illinois
(217) 762-4676

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Monticello Hospitals

Kirby Medical Center
(Non-profit)
1000 Medical Center Drive
(217) 762-2115
John & Mary Kirby Hospital
(Non-profit)
1111 N State St
(217) 762-2115

Monticello Public Schools

Lincoln Elem School
700 N Buchanan St
ZIP: 61856
(217) 762-8511
Primary
Total Enrollment 252
Monticello High School
1 Sage Dr
ZIP: 61856
(217) 762-8511
High
Total Enrollment 508
Monticello Middle School
2015 E Washington St
ZIP: 61856
(217) 762-8511
Middle
Total Enrollment 390
Washington School
3 Sage Dr
ZIP: 61856
(217) 762-8511
Middle
Total Enrollment 237

Monticello Private Schools

Faith Christian School
980 Iron Horse Pl
ZIP: 61856
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
Monticello Christian Academy
225 E Livingston St
ZIP: 61856
Elementary
Total Enrollment 2
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