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Lawrence County Courthouse
Lawrence County Courthouse
Location of Lawrenceville in Lawrence County, Illinois.
Location of Lawrenceville in Lawrence County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Country United States
State Illinois
County Lawrence
 • Total 2.16 sq mi (5.60 km2)
 • Land 2.16 sq mi (5.60 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
469 ft (143 m)
 • Total 4,164
 • Density 1,924.21/sq mi (743.08/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
Area code(s) 618
FIPS code 17-42405
Wikimedia Commons Lawrenceville, Illinois

Lawrenceville is a city in and the county seat of Lawrence County, Illinois, United States, located along the Embarras River. The population was 4,348 at the 2010 census. Lawrenceville is located in southeast Illinois, northwest of Vincennes, Indiana.

The city is home of the Lawrenceville "Indians", Illinois Class A high school state basketball champions in 1972, 1974, 1982 and 1983. The team had a combined two season win–loss record of 68-0 from 1982–83. The team was coached by Ron Felling, who, after the 1983 season at Lawrenceville, went on to coach at Indiana University as an assistant under Bobby Knight.


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The city of Lawrenceville lights a tree up for Christmas

Lawrenceville is located at 38°43′32″N 87°41′4″W / 38.72556°N 87.68444°W / 38.72556; -87.68444 (38.725686, -87.684538).

According to the 2010 census, Lawrenceville has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.70 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 419
1860 474 13.1%
1870 435 −8.2%
1880 514 18.2%
1890 865 68.3%
1900 1,300 50.3%
1910 3,235 148.8%
1920 5,080 57.0%
1930 6,303 24.1%
1940 6,213 −1.4%
1950 6,328 1.9%
1960 5,492 −13.2%
1970 5,863 6.8%
1980 5,652 −3.6%
1990 4,897 −13.4%
2000 4,745 −3.1%
2010 4,348 −8.4%
2020 4,164 −4.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,745 people, 2,024 households, and 1,190 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,346.8 people per square mile (907.0/km2). There were 2,262 housing units at an average density of 1,118.8 per square mile (432.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.85% White, 0.91% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.40% from other races, and 0.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.43% of the population.

There were 2,024 households, out of which 24.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.6% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.2% were non-families. 37.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 20.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the city the population was spread out, with 20.0% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 23.7% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 28.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females, there were 78.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $24,951, and the median income for a family was $32,042. Males had a median income of $27,128 versus $20,451 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,717. About 13.9% of families and 16.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.7% of those under age 18 and 9.0% of those age 65 or over.

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Lawrenceville High School.

Notable people

  • George C. Armstrong, Illinois state senator, mayor of Lawrenceville, and newspaper editor
  • Philip B. Benefiel, Illinois state senator, lawyer, and judge
  • Mordecai Brown, Hall of Fame pitcher for Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals; previously lived in Lawrenceville and played corporate ball for the Texaco Havolines
  • Garrel Burgoon, Illinois state representative and businessman
  • Frances Crane, mystery author; born in Lawrenceville
  • Lyman W. Emmons (1885–1955), American businessman and politician
  • Lyle Judy, second baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals; born in Lawrenceville
  • William McAndrew, football and basketball coach
  • Jack Ryan, MLB pitcher for the Cleveland Naps, Boston Red Sox and Brooklyn Dodgers
  • Marty Simmons, high school state champion, former head men’s basketball coach at the University of Evansville and current head men’s basketball coach at Eastern Illinois University; born and raised in Lawrenceville
  • Jason Pargin, known by his pen name David Wong is an American comedy and horror writer. He has written four books, one adapted to a movie, and is the executive editor for
  • Maurice Cole Tanquary A professor of entomology and member of the Crocker Land Expedition.
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