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Overview

Introduction to Mount Vernon, Illinois

Mount Vernon, Illinois, in Jefferson county, is 77 miles W of Evansville, Indiana and 77 miles E of St. Louis, Missouri.

Mount Vernon History

Zadok Casey founded Mount Vernon in 1817. The name was based on George Washington’s plantation of the same name in Northern Virginia. The Illinois Supreme Court was shifted to Mount Vernon in 1848. This brought important lawyers, including Abraham Lincoln, to Mount Vernon to argue their cases. In February 1888, the area was hit by a tornado and suffered substantial destruction. It was one of the first disasters where the American Red Cross assisted in the relief efforts.

Mount Vernon and nearby Attractions

  • Cedarhurst
  • Wheels Through Time Museum
  • Iris Farm
  • Jefferson County Historical Village
  • Indian Hills Golf Club
  • Homestead Golf Club

Things To Do In Mount Vernon

The city of Mount Vernon is very close to some of the most exciting outdoor recreation opportunities in Illinois. The Rend Lake Recreation area is a popular spot where people go for boating, fishing and hunting. There are a couple of golf courses in the city as well. Moreover, there are excellent offerings for people who are interested in art, history and culture. The Jefferson County Historical Village has authentic exhibits that speak volumes about the history of the area.

Mount Vernon Transportation

Air transport is available from Mount Vernon Airport.

Mount Vernon Higher Education

John A. Logan College, Southern Illinois University and Southwestern Illinois College are some of the institutes where one can pursue higher education around Mount Vernon.

Demographics

People

Total Population14,880
Male Share of the Population46.9%
Female Share of the Population53.1%
Senior Citizens20.7%
Employed Population 16+5,974
Age of the Population39

Families

% of people married38.6%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher18.1%
Median Earnings25+$28,662
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$14,549
Median Earnings With High School Degree$19,434

Wealth

Median Family Income$46,826
% Above Poverty Level76%
% Below Poverty Level24%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time14 minutes
% Working from Home2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.8%
% Using Public Transportation1.2%

Housing

People Living Alone42%
Median Gross Rent$589
Median House Value$73,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)28.8%
Irish12.3%
English11.2%
French Except Basque3.2%
Scottish3%
Dutch2.8%
Italian2.2%
Polish2.1%
Swedish0.7%
Canadian0.4%
Norwegian0.3%
African0.3%
Jamaican0.3%
West Indian0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Czech0.2%
South African0.2%
Swiss0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
German0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Greek0.1%
Russian0.1%
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Mount Vernon Almanac

CategoryValue
County Jefferson County
Standard Zip Codes62864
Phone Area Codes618
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude38.31
Approximate Longitude-88.91

Mount Vernon Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationMT VERNON 3 NE
Distance3.7 miles
Jan Temp19 to 37 F
Apr Temp43 to 65 F
Jul Temp66 to 88 F
Oct Temp43 to 68 F
Annual Precip42.1 inches
StationNASHVILLE 4 NE
Distance21.8 miles
Jan Temp22 to 38 F
Apr Temp45 to 67 F
Jul Temp68 to 88 F
Oct Temp47 to 69 F
Annual Precip39 inches
StationSALEM
Distance23.2 miles
Jan Temp18 to 37 F
Apr Temp44 to 65 F
Jul Temp68 to 88 F
Oct Temp45 to 69 F
Annual Precip42.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bluford694$51,500
Bonnie375$46,250
Dix406$63,125
Nason266$36,250

Mount Vernon Public Libraries

C.e. Brehm Memorial Public Library District
101 SOUTH SEVENTH STREET
Mount Vernon, Illinois
(618) 242-6322

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Mount Vernon Hospitals

Good Samaritan Regional Hlth Center
(Non-profit)
605 N 12th Street
(618) 242-4600
Crossroads Community Hospital
(Proprietary)
8 Doctors Park Road
(618) 244-5500

Mount Vernon Public Schools

Bethel Grade School
1201 Bethel Rd
ZIP: 62864
(618) 244-8095
Primary
Total Enrollment 165
Dodds Elem School
14975 E Bakerville Rd
ZIP: 62864
(618) 244-8070
Primary
Total Enrollment 133
J L Buford Intermediate Ed Ctr
623 S 34th St
ZIP: 62864
(618) 244-8064
Middle
Total Enrollment 265
Mcclellan Elementary School
9475 N Il Highway 148
ZIP: 62864
(618) 244-8072
Primary
Total Enrollment 60
Mount Vernon High School
320 S 7th St
ZIP: 62864
(618) 246-5914
High
Total Enrollment 1186
Mt Vernon Dist 80 Primary Center
401 N 30th St
ZIP: 62864
(618) 244-8068
Primary
Total Enrollment 685
Oakland Education Center
1722 Oakland Ave
ZIP: 62864
(618) 244-5720
Middle
Total Enrollment 9
Summersville Grade School
1118 Fairfield Rd
ZIP: 62864
(618) 244-8079
Primary
Total Enrollment 268
Zadok Casey Middle School
1829 Broadway St
ZIP: 62864
(618) 244-8060
Middle
Total Enrollment 418

Mount Vernon Private Schools

Mt Vernon Christian School
817 Woodland Dr
ZIP: 62864
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 30
Victory Christian Academy
1719 Broadway St
ZIP: 62864
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 18
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