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Overview

Introduction to Princeton, Illinois

Princeton, Illinois, in Bureau county, is 47 miles N of Peoria, Illinois and 99 miles W of Chicago, Illinois.

This settlement began in the 1830s with the arrival of families from New England and the Mid-Atlantic. They came to the area in search of good farmland. The Hampshire Colony Congregational Church was later established and Owen Lovejoy, a well-known abolitionist, became its first pastor. Lovejoy was elected to the House of Representatives of Illinois in 1854. Princeton was an important destination for the Underground Railroad during the Civil War.

Princeton and nearby Attractions

  • Green River State Wildlife Area
  • Lyndon Historical Society and Museum
  • Ronald Reagan's Birthplace
  • Ellwood House Museum and Park
  • Bickelhaupt Arboretum

Things To Do In Princeton

Local parks include the West Side Ball Park, Alexander Park, the City Hall Park and Zearing Park. The Red Covered Bridge, the Bureau County Historical Museum, the Mautino State Fish and Wildlife Area, and the Bureau County Soldiers and Sailors Winged Monument are all nearby as well. Ronald Reagan's birthplace is also located nearby. The area celebrates the Bureau County Fair every August.

Princeton Transportation

Air transportation is available from Greater Peoria Regional Airport.

Princeton Higher Education

Nearby colleges include Illinois Valley Community College, Bradley University and Rock Valley College.

Demographics

People

Total Population7,741
Male Share of the Population42.7%
Female Share of the Population57.3%
Senior Citizens21.7%
Employed Population 16+3,810
Age of the Population44

Families

% of people married47.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher23.4%
Median Earnings25+$30,196
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,540

Wealth

Median Family Income$65,071
% Above Poverty Level79.9%
% Below Poverty Level20.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time15 minutes
% Working from Home2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.5%
% Using Public Transportation2.4%

Housing

People Living Alone40.1%
Median Gross Rent$552
Median House Value$114,200

Ancestry

Irish15.6%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)15.5%
Swedish8.7%
English8.6%
Italian5.5%
Polish5%
French Except Basque3.6%
Norwegian2.6%
Dutch1.9%
Belgian1.8%
Lithuanian1.4%
Scottish1.1%
Danishn0.9%
Swiss0.5%
Russian0.4%
German0.3%
Croatian0.3%
Arab0.3%
Jordanian0.2%
Czech0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Welsh0.1%
Kenyan0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Greek0.1%
African0.1%
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Princeton Almanac

CategoryValue
County Bureau County
Standard Zip Codes61356
Phone Area Codes815
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude41.37
Approximate Longitude-89.46

Princeton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationPRINCETON
Distance1.1 miles
Jan Temp14 to 29 F
Apr Temp40 to 61 F
Jul Temp65 to 85 F
Oct Temp43 to 63 F
Annual Precip37.8 inches
StationWALNUT
Distance14.4 miles
Jan Temp11 to 28 F
Apr Temp39 to 59 F
Jul Temp64 to 83 F
Oct Temp41 to 63 F
Annual Precip36.5 inches
StationKEWANEE 1 E
Distance24 miles
Jan Temp10 to 28 F
Apr Temp37 to 60 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp39 to 63 F
Annual Precip35.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bureau Junction219$47,917
De Pue1,661$50,789
Dover171$61,250
Malden309$63,958

Princeton Public Libraries

Princeton Public Library
698 EAST PERU STREET
Princeton, Illinois
(815) 875-1331

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Princeton Hospitals

Perry Memorial Hospital
(Government - Local)
530 Park Avenue East
(815) 875-2811

Princeton Public Schools

Douglas Attendance Center
220 E Lasalle St
ZIP: 61356
(815) 872-9741
Douglas Elementary School
220 E Lasalle St
ZIP: 61356
(815) 872-9741
Primary
Total Enrollment 244
Jefferson Elem School
725 W Putnam St
ZIP: 61356
(815) 875-4417
Primary
Total Enrollment 219
Lincoln Elem School
501 S Euclid Ave
ZIP: 61356
(815) 875-1164
Primary
Total Enrollment 226
Logan Jr High School
302 W Central Ave
ZIP: 61356
(815) 875-6415
Middle
Total Enrollment 512
Princeton High School
103 S Euclid Ave
ZIP: 61356
(815) 875-3308
High
Total Enrollment 513

Princeton Private Schools

Princeton Christian Academy
21890 Us Highway 34
ZIP: 61356
Elementary
Total Enrollment 75
St Louis School
631 Park Ave W
ZIP: 61356
Elementary
Total Enrollment 83
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