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Location of Catlin in Vermilion County, Illinois.
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Catlin, Illinois is located in Vermilion County, Illinois
Catlin, Illinois
Catlin, Illinois
Location in Vermilion County, Illinois
Country United States
State Illinois
County Vermilion County
Township Catlin Township
Founded 1866
 • Total 0.85 sq mi (2.21 km2)
 • Land 0.85 sq mi (2.20 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)  0%
659 ft (201 m)
 • Total 1,983
 • Density 2,335.69/sq mi (901.40/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 217
FIPS code 17-11774

Catlin is a village in Vermilion County, Illinois, United States. It is part of the Danville, Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 2,040 at the 2010 census, and 1,952 in 2018. Catlin is the hometown of Illinois State Representative Chad Hays, who represents the 104th Representative District of Illinois.


This settlement was originally called Butler's Point when James Butler settled here in 1820. He started a cemetery in 1822, known as "God's Acre" as well as Butler Cemetery; this is reputed to be the earliest cemetery in the county. The first school here was built in 1827 and was also used as a church.

The Potawatomi Trail of Death passed through here in 1838.


Catlin is located at 40°3′59″N 87°42′24″W / 40.06639°N 87.70667°W / 40.06639; -87.70667 (40.066423, -87.706592).

According to the 2010 census, Catlin has a total area of 0.843 square miles (2.18 km2), of which 0.84 square miles (2.18 km2) (or 99.64%) is land and 0.003 square miles (0.01 km2) (or 0.36%) is water.


There are two churches in the village: the Catlin Church of Christ and the Catlin United Methodist Church. Each of the churches is Christian and Protestant. Despite the large number of Protestants in the village, many of Catlin's residents are Roman Catholic and attend services in nearby Danville, Illinois and Westville, Illinois. In addition, a Presbyterian church once existed on what is currently the property of the United Methodist Church. In 1942 this church disbanded, and exchanged properties with the Church of Christ, which later sold its building to the Methodist Church when the Church of Christ built its current structure in 1956.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 317
1890 275 −13.2%
1900 697 153.5%
1910 952 36.6%
1920 931 −2.2%
1930 813 −12.7%
1940 845 3.9%
1950 953 12.8%
1960 1,263 32.5%
1970 2,093 65.7%
1980 2,226 6.4%
1990 2,173 −2.4%
2000 2,087 −4.0%
2010 2,040 −2.3%
2020 1,983 −2.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,087 people, 824 households, and 618 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,657.1 people per square mile (1,020.0/km2). There were 854 housing units at an average density of 1,087.3 per square mile (417.4/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 99.09% White, 0.05% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.24% from other races, and 0.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.48% of the population.

There were 824 households, out of which 35.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.7% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.9% were non-families. 22.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 26.4% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.8 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $46,210, and the median income for a family was $51,136. Males had a median income of $40,755 versus $25,823 for females. The per capita income for the village was $19,164. About 2.4% of families and 4.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.7% of those under age 18 and 3.4% of those age 65 or over.


The former Catlin Community Unit School District #5 consisted of Catlin Grade School with about 375-400 students and Catlin High School with about 145-175.3 students.

In November 2014, Catlin residents approved a referendum to consolidate with the Jamaica Unit #12 school district. The first day of school in the newly formed Salt Fork Unit #512 school district was August 24, 2015.

Currently, Salt Fork North is an elementary school in Catlin, IL serving students in grades PK through 5th. It is one of two elementary schools in the Salt Fork School District #512. The school serves approximately 260 students residing in Catlin and the surrounding area.

Additionally, Salt Fork High School is also located in Catlin, serving students in grades 9-12 from IL School District 512.

Notable residents

  • Ralph E. Church, member of the Illinois House of Representatives and of the United States House of Representatives was born on a farm near Catlin
  • Chad Hays, member of the Illinois House of Representatives and a former Mayor of Catlin.
  • Tyler Jacob Moore, actor best known for portraying Tony Markovich on Shameless and Prince Hans on Once Upon a Time.

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