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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.

People

Total Population 5,493
Male Share of the Population 46.6%
Female Share of the Population 53.4%
Senior Citizens 20.1%
Employed Population 16+ 2,767
Age of the Population 43

Families

% of people married 65.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 38.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $86,439
% Above Poverty Level 94.2%
% Below Poverty Level 5.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 4.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 26.8%
Median Gross Rent $835
Median House Value $156,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.3%
US/American 0%
English 17.5%
Irish 18.2%

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

Monticello Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 18 miles W of Champaign, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 129 miles W of Indianapolis, Indiana
County Piatt
Standard Zip Codes 61856
Phone Area Codes 217
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.027
Longitude -88.573

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)

Station FARMER CITY
Distance 13.7 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 32 F
Apr Temp 40 to 62 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 42 to 66 F
Annual Precip 36 inches
Station TUSCOLA
Distance 22 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 34 F
Apr Temp 42 to 66 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 45 to 68 F
Annual Precip 40.6 inches
Station RANTOUL
Distance 29.3 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 33 F
Apr Temp 39 to 63 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 41 to 67 F
Annual Precip 38.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Monticello, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Lodge (61856)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bement 1,744 $58,594
Bondville 476 $55,000
Cisco 251 $65,357
De Land 430 $44,861

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

Monticello Public Libraries

Library
Monticello Twp. Library
201 N. STATE STREET
Monticello, Illinois
(217) 762-4676
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Monticello Hospitals

JOHN & MARY KIRBY HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1111 N STATE ST
(217) 762-2115
Emergency Service: Yes

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1 SAGE DRIVE
217-762-8511
Serves 500 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.4

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