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Overview

Introduction to Washington, Illinois

Washington, Illinois is 9 miles E of Peoria, Illinois and 121 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois. It is in Tazewell county. The city is part of the Peoria - Pekin metro area.

Washington History

Washington was founded in 1825 by William Holland Sr, who moved to the area from North Carolina. He was hired by the U.S. Government to provide blacksmith services to the local Native Americans. The city was initially named Holland’s Grove in his honor. It was later renamed Washington in honor of the first U.S. President.

Washington and nearby Attractions

  • Washington City Hall
  • Sunnyland Plaza Shopping Center
  • Saint Marks Church
  • West Lake
  • Glendale Cemetery
  • Washington District Library
  • Washington Park

Things To Do In Washington

The West Lake boasts of optimum conditions for fishing, while Candlewood Park, Meadow Valley Park and Washington Park provide plenty of greenery and recreational facilities.

Washington Transportation

Greater Peoria Regional Airport provides air transportation facilities.

Washington Higher Education

Bradley University and Illinois State University provide higher education facilities to the people of Washington.

People

Total Population 15,824
Male Share of the Population 50.4%
Female Share of the Population 49.6%
Senior Citizens 14.2%
Employed Population 16+ 7,681
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 65.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 37.7%
Median Earnings25+ $44,505
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,750
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,022

Wealth

Median Family Income $82,828
% Above Poverty Level 95.3%
% Below Poverty Level 4.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.8%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 22.2%
Median Gross Rent $763
Median House Value $163,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.4%
US/American 0%
English 9.4%
Irish 16%

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

Washington Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 9 miles E of Peoria, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 121 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois
County Tazewell
Metro Area Peoria - Pekin
Standard Zip Codes 61571
Phone Area Codes 309
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.703
Longitude -89.407

Washington 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 PEORIA GTR PEORIA AP
Distance 14.7 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 31 F
Apr Temp 40 to 62 F
Jul Temp 65 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 64 F
Annual Precip 36 inches
Station MINONK
Distance 24.5 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 30 F
Apr Temp 38 to 62 F
Jul Temp 62 to 86 F
Oct Temp 41 to 66 F
Annual Precip 37.2 inches
Station MASON CITY 1 W
Distance 38.1 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 33 F
Apr Temp 41 to 65 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 44 to 67 F
Annual Precip 35.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Washington, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Beverly Manor (61571)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Deer Creek 731 $70,083
Eureka 5,704 $74,535
Germantown Hills 3,480 $113,352

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

Washington Public Libraries

Library
Washington District Library
301 WALNUT ST
Washington, Illinois
(309) 444-2241
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Washington High Schools

WASHINGTON COMM HIGH SCHOOL
115 BONDURANT ST
309-444-7704
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,054 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.9

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