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Germantown, Illinois
Country United States
State Illinois
County Clinton
Coordinates Missing latitude in Module:Coordinates.formatTest()
Area 0.87 sq mi (2 km²)
 - land 0.87 sq mi (2 km²)
 - water 0.00 sq mi (0 km²)
Population 1,269 (2010)
Density 1,458.6 /sq mi (563 /km²)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 62245
Area code 618
Location in Clinton County and the state of Illinois.
Location in Clinton County and the state of Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
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Germantown is a village in Clinton County, Illinois, United States. The population was 1,269 at the 2010 census.


The village of Germantown was established in 1833. Formerly known as "Hanover" for the city in Germany that was the hometown of the first settlers, Germantown is said to be one of the first true German settlements in Illinois.


Germantown is located in western Clinton County at Missing latitude in Module:Coordinates.formatTest()
(38.554180, -89.539315). Illinois Route 161 runs along the southern border of the village, leading east 22 miles (35 km) to Centralia and west 9 miles (14 km) to New Baden. St. Louis is 39 miles (63 km) to the west via Interstate 64.

According to the 2010 census, Germantown has a total area of 0.87 square miles (2.25 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 493
1890 537 8.9%
1900 655 22.0%
1910 711 8.5%
1920 766 7.7%
1930 776 1.3%
1940 796 2.6%
1950 811 1.9%
1960 983 21.2%
1970 1,108 12.7%
1980 1,191 7.5%
1990 1,167 −2.0%
2000 1,118 −4.2%
2010 1,269 13.5%
Est. 2015 1,285 1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,118 people, 444 households, and 322 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,408.8 people per square mile (546.4/km²). There were 459 housing units at an average density of 578.4 per square mile (224.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 99.19% White, 0.18% Asian, 0.27% from other races, and 0.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.54% of the population. There are approximately 5 non-white people here according to this equation.

There were 444 households out of which 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.9% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.3% were non-families. 24.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the village, the population was spread out with 22.5% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 17.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 98.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.8 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $47,614, and the median income for a family was $56,563. Males had a median income of $39,028 versus $27,917 for females. The per capita income for the village was $21,851. About 3.5% of families and 6.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.1% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over.

Annual events

  • Germantown PTA Trivia Night (January) - Parent-Teacher Association fund raiser for the school
  • Earth Day (April) - The junior high students from Germantown Elementary use the day to make the town a better place.
  • Bulldog Dash (May) - 5K & 2K runs that provide funding for the students of Germantown Elementary.
  • St. Boniface Church Picnic (July) - A carnival-style event in which the proceeds go to St. Boniface Church in Germantown.
  • Spassfest (August) - Spassfest means "fun festival" in German. This is a celebration of the town's German heritage. The festival includes traditional German bands and foods as well as many entertaining rides and games for young adults and children.

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