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Overview

Introduction to Rantoul, Illinois

Rantoul, Illinois is 14 miles N of Champaign, Illinois and 110 miles S of Chicago, Illinois. In Champaign county, Rantoul is part of the Champaign - Urbana metro area.

Rantoul History

The village was established in 1890, and was named after Robert Rantoul, director of the Illinois Central Railroad. In 1917, the village was chosen to be the site of the Chanute Field airbase, due to its close proximity to the Illinois Central railroad. The War Department’s ground school, housed at the University of Illinois, was also one of the reasons for this move. The base was finally closed in 1993, and the site is presently partially occupied by Octave Chanute Aerospace Museum and the Rantoul National Aviation Center.

Rantoul and nearby Attractions

  • Rantoul Public Library
  • Rantoul National Aviation Center
  • Maple Grove Plaza Shopping Center
  • Willow Pond Golf Course
  • American Lutheran Church
  • Winston Park

Things To Do In Rantoul

The Chanute Air Museum is a great place to visit if one wants to learn about the history of Rantoul. The Maple Grove Plaza Shopping Center is a good place to shop. The Willow Pond Golf Course provides recreation for golf enthusiasts. The Illinois Skydiving Center located nearby provides thrills for the enjoyment of its tourists.

Rantoul Transportation

University of Illinois-Willard Airport, located nearby, provides air transportation facilities.

Rantoul Higher Education

Higher education is provided by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Parkland College.

Demographics

People

Total Population13,190
Male Share of the Population48.4%
Female Share of the Population51.6%
Senior Citizens12.8%
Employed Population 16+5,761
Age of the Population33

Families

% of people married43.5%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher17.8%
Median Earnings25+$31,391
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,500
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,515

Wealth

Median Family Income$52,440
% Above Poverty Level80.2%
% Below Poverty Level19.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home3%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.7%
% Using Public Transportation0.8%

Housing

People Living Alone29.6%
Median Gross Rent$743
Median House Value$88,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)38.1%
German17.2%
Irish11.7%
English8.1%
Italian3.2%
Polish3.1%
French Except Basque1.4%
Dutch1%
African0.9%
Swedish0.8%
Portuguese0.6%
Czech0.6%
Ghanaian0.4%
Scottish0.4%
Welsh0.3%
Lithuanian0.3%
Norwegian0.3%
Iranian0.3%
Canadian0.2%
Jamaican0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Kenyan0.1%
Russian0.1%
Arab0.1%
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Rantoul Almanac

CategoryValue
County Champaign County
Standard Zip Codes61866
Phone Area Codes217
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude40.3
Approximate Longitude-88.15

Rantoul Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationRANTOUL
Distance0.8 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
StationGIBSON CITY
Distance15.6 miles
Jan Temp14 to 30 F
Apr Temp38 to 61 F
Jul Temp63 to 85 F
Oct Temp40 to 65 F
Annual Precip36.3 inches
StationDANVILLE
Distance29.3 miles
Jan Temp17 to 34 F
Apr Temp41 to 65 F
Jul Temp64 to 86 F
Oct Temp43 to 67 F
Annual Precip40.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Elliott250$60,000
Fisher1,859$67,000
Gifford878$77,500
Ludlow439$50,208
Paxton4,236$57,225

Rantoul Public Libraries

Rantoul Public Library
106 WEST FLESSNER AVENUE
Rantoul, Illinois
(217) 893-3955

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Rantoul Public Schools

Broadmeadow Elem School
500 Sunview Rd
ZIP: 61866
(217) 892-2194
Primary
Total Enrollment 321
Eastlawn Elem School
650 N Maplewood Dr
ZIP: 61866
(217) 892-2131
Primary
Total Enrollment 243
J W Eater Jr High School
400 E Wabash Ave
ZIP: 61866
(217) 892-2115
Middle
Total Enrollment 457
Northview Elem School
400 N Sheldon St
ZIP: 61866
(217) 892-2119
Primary
Total Enrollment 263
Pathways
201 S Sheldon St
ZIP: 61866
(217) 892-2363
Pleasant Acres Elem School
1649 Harper Dr
ZIP: 61866
(217) 893-4141
Primary
Total Enrollment 362
Rantoul Twp High School
200 S Sheldon St
ZIP: 61866
(217) 892-6160
High
Total Enrollment 737
Thompson Learning Academy
201 S Sheldon St
ZIP: 61866
(217) 893-4171
Primary
Total Enrollment 27

Rantoul Private Schools

St Malachy School
340 E Belle Ave
ZIP: 61866
Elementary
Total Enrollment 163
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