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Overview

Introduction to Vandalia, Illinois

Vandalia, Illinois, in Fayette county, is 61 miles S of Decatur, Illinois (center to center) and 67 miles E of St. Louis, Missouri.

Vandalia History

Vandalia is the county seat of Fayette County, which was founded in 1821. Fayette County was named after Marquis de LaFayette and was formed from Clark, Bond, and Crawford Counties. The city was founded in 1819, but the history of the city's name is uncertain. Some believe that its name came from a Germanic Vandal tribe, while others believe that it was named after an Indian tribe which existed during the 19th century.

Vandalia and Nearby Attractions

  • Vandalia Statehouse
  • Archway Skydiving Center
  • William Jennings Bryan Museum
  • Keck's Marsh
  • Carlyle Lake Wildlife Management Area
  • Wolf Creek State Park

Things To Do In Vandalia

Vandalia Lake Marina provides camping, fishing, swimming, and boating opportunities. Fayette County Museum has a large collection of artifacts from the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Vietnam War, and Spanish American War. Some interesting places to visit in Vandalia are Old State Capitol, Lincoln Park, Tiger Lily Art Gallery, Madonna of the Trail, Farmers Monument, and Little Brick House. Proximate parks include Sangchris Lake State Park, Beaver Dam State Park, Stephen A. Forbes State Park, and South Shore State Park.

Vandalia Transportation

Flights are available at Lambert St. Louis International Airport.

Vandalia Higher Education

Colleges nearby include Kaskaskia College, Greenville College, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, Millikin University, and Lake Land College.

Demographics

People

Total Population6,758
Male Share of the Population58.4%
Female Share of the Population41.6%
Senior Citizens13.8%
Employed Population 16+2,355
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married31.8%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher13.6%
Median Earnings25+$30,105
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$13,264
Median Earnings With High School Degree$29,479

Wealth

Median Family Income$52,574
% Above Poverty Level83.1%
% Below Poverty Level16.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time17 minutes
% Working from Home2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.8%
% Using Public Transportation2.2%

Housing

People Living Alone37.8%
Median Gross Rent$623
Median House Value$84,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)26.8%
German21%
Irish11.4%
English6.5%
Italian3%
Swedish1.4%
Polish1.2%
French Except Basque1.1%
Scottish0.8%
Dutch0.6%
Welsh0.6%
Norwegian0.5%
African0.4%
Portuguese0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Greek0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Albanian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Czech0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Haitian0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Icelander0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Arab0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Macedonian0.1%
Russian0.1%
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Vandalia Almanac

CategoryValue
County Fayette County
Standard Zip Codes62471
Phone Area Codes618
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude38.98
Approximate Longitude-89.1

Vandalia Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationVANDALIA
Distance0.5 miles
Jan Temp18 to 35 F
Apr Temp43 to 64 F
Jul Temp67 to 88 F
Oct Temp43 to 67 F
Annual Precip38.9 inches
StationCARLYLE RESERVOIR
Distance27 miles
Jan Temp19 to 36 F
Apr Temp43 to 65 F
Jul Temp67 to 88 F
Oct Temp45 to 68 F
Annual Precip40.6 inches
StationEFFINGHAM
Distance27.8 miles
Jan Temp18 to 35 F
Apr Temp42 to 64 F
Jul Temp66 to 87 F
Oct Temp43 to 67 F
Annual Precip42 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Brownstown710$50,000
Mulberry Grove670$44,545
Pittsburg564$39,583
Ramsey1,374$43,661

Vandalia Public Libraries

Evans Public Library District
215 SOUTH FIFTH STREET
Vandalia, Illinois
(618) 283-2824

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Vandalia Hospitals

Fayette County Hospital
(Government - Local)
650 W. Taylor Street
(618) 283-1231

Vandalia Public Schools

Focus Safe Sch Program
1805 W Fletcher St
ZIP: 62471
(618) 283-9311
Middle
Total Enrollment 17
Jefferson Primary School
1500 W Jefferson St
ZIP: 62471
(618) 283-5160
Primary
Total Enrollment 295
New Approach Alternative High Sch
1805 W Fletcher St
ZIP: 62471
(618) 283-9311
High
Total Enrollment 39
Vandalia Community High School
1109 N 8th St
ZIP: 62471
(618) 283-5155
High
Total Enrollment 464
Vandalia Elementary School
1017 W Fletcher St
ZIP: 62471
(618) 283-5166
Primary
Total Enrollment 291
Vandalia Junior High School
1011 W Fletcher St
ZIP: 62471
(618) 283-5151
Middle
Total Enrollment 430
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