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Overview

Introduction to Paris, Illinois

Paris, Illinois, in Edgar county, is 18 miles NW of Terre Haute, Indiana (center to center) and 82 miles W of Indianapolis, Indiana.

Paris History

Paris was originally a part of the hunting grounds of the Kickapoo Indian. The virgin timber and the rich prairie land, first sold in 1816, attracted the early settlers. By 1870, Paris was well connected by three railroads. The city adopted the commission form of government in 1915. Paris is the county seat of Edgar County, which was founded in 1823 and was named in honor of an Irish - born Royal Navy officer, John Edgar. The county was formed out of Clark County.

Paris and nearby Attractions

  • Art Center & Museum - Bicentennial
  • Ernie Pyle State Historic Site
  • Walnut Point State Park
  • Billie Creek Village
  • Lincoln Trail State Park

Things To Do In Paris

Paris has numerous parks and playgrounds including the Sunrise Park, Sylvain Park, and Sunset Park. Grace Lutheran Church, Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, First Christian Church, and Trinity United Methodist Church are some of the local churches. The Elks Country Club provides excellent facilities for golf enthusiasts. One can enjoy boating and fishing on the Twin Lakes and Eads Lake. The city also hosts the Edgar County Fair every year in July.

Paris Transportation

Terre Haute International Airport - Hulman Field is less than an hour's drive away.

Paris Higher Education

Indiana State University, Eastern Illinois University, and Ivy Tech State College - Wabash Valley provide facilities for higher education.

People

Total Population 8,517
Male Share of the Population 46.8%
Female Share of the Population 53.2%
Senior Citizens 19.8%
Employed Population 16+ 3,443
Age of the Population 43

Families

% of people married 49.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $47,017
% Above Poverty Level 76.8%
% Below Poverty Level 23.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 29.3%
Median Gross Rent $612
Median House Value $67,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.1%
US/American 0%
English 11.7%
Irish 16.7%

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

Paris Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 18 miles NW of Terre Haute, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 82 miles W of Indianapolis, Indiana
County Edgar
Standard Zip Codes 61944
Phone Area Codes 217
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.611
Longitude -87.696

Paris 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 PARIS WATERWORKS
Distance 1.6 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 34 F
Apr Temp 41 to 63 F
Jul Temp 65 to 86 F
Oct Temp 43 to 66 F
Annual Precip 41.5 inches
Station TERRE HAUTE IN STATE
Distance 17.9 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 35 F
Apr Temp 42 to 64 F
Jul Temp 65 to 87 F
Oct Temp 44 to 68 F
Annual Precip 42.4 inches
Station ROCKVILLE
Distance 26.9 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 36 F
Apr Temp 43 to 66 F
Jul Temp 65 to 87 F
Oct Temp 45 to 68 F
Annual Precip 44.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brocton 357 $45,000
Chrisman 1,346 $55,893

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

Paris Public Libraries

Library
Paris Carnegie P.l.
207 S. MAIN
Paris, Illinois
(217) 463-3950

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Paris Hospitals

PARIS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
721 E COURT STREET
(217) 465-4141
Emergency Service: Yes

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Paris High Schools

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PARIS HIGH SCHOOL
309 S MAIN ST
217-466-1175
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 693 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.5

PARIS BRIDGES
203 N CENTRAL
217-463-3044
A Non-traditional School
Serves 12 students.

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