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Paris, Illinois
Edgar County Courthouse in Paris
Location of Paris in Edgar County, Illinois.
Location of Paris in Edgar County, Illinois.
Paris, Illinois is located in Edgar County, Illinois
Paris, Illinois
Paris, Illinois
Location in Edgar County, Illinois
Country  United States
State  Illinois
County Edgar
Township Paris, Symmes
 • Total 6.06 sq mi (15.70 km2)
 • Land 5.68 sq mi (14.71 km2)
 • Water 0.38 sq mi (0.99 km2)
722 ft (220 m)
 • Total 8,291
 • Density 1,459.94/sq mi (563.69/km2)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 217
FIPS code 17-57628

Paris is a city in Paris Township, Edgar County, Illinois, 165 miles (266 km) south of Chicago and 90 miles (140 km) west of Indianapolis. In 1900, 6,105 people lived in Paris; in 1910, 7,664; and in 1940, 9,281. The population was 8,291 at the 2020 census. It is the county seat of Edgar County.


Paris was established in 1826 on land donated by Samuel Vance to be the county seat, and was incorporated as a village in 1849. The town most likely received its name from the word "Paris" carved into a jack-oak tree in the middle of what would become the town.

The history of Paris includes the service of two Booth brothers as Mayors of the town in the mid-1850s, Walter Booth and Newton Booth. Newton Booth later moved west to California where he served as Governor and eventually as a United States Senator. (source needed)

The commission form of government was later adopted in 1915. In 1907 L. A. G. Shoaff bought the Centralia White Stockings and renamed them the Paris Colts. In 1908 the team was renamed the Paris Parisians. After the 1908 season the team went under. Paris was the home of a minor league baseball team in the 1950s named the Paris Lakers. A contest was held among the community to decide on a name for the team. The winning submission, Paris Lakers, was sent in by James C. Dickey. The Paris Lakers were the 1956 Midwest League Champions and were an affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.


Paris is located at 39°36′47″N 87°41′38″W / 39.61306°N 87.69389°W / 39.61306; -87.69389 (39.613014, -87.693829).

U.S. Route 150 and Illinois State Route 1 pass through Paris. Both Illinois State Route 16 and Illinois State Route 133 have Illinois State Route 1 as their eastern terminus. One railroad passes through town, a CSX Transportation line that goes north toward Danville and southeast toward Terre Haute, Indiana.

According to the 2010 census, Paris has a total area of 5.9 square miles (15.28 km2), of which 5.51 square miles (14.27 km2) (or 93.39%) is land and 0.39 square miles (1.01 km2) (or 6.61%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,930
1870 3,057 58.4%
1880 4,373 43.0%
1890 4,996 14.2%
1900 6,105 22.2%
1910 7,664 25.5%
1920 7,985 4.2%
1930 8,781 10.0%
1940 9,281 5.7%
1950 9,460 1.9%
1960 9,823 3.8%
1970 9,971 1.5%
1980 9,885 −0.9%
1990 8,987 −9.1%
2000 9,077 1.0%
2010 8,837 −2.6%
2020 8,291 −6.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 9,077 people, 3,874 households, and 2,382 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,885.3 people per square mile (728.6/km2). There were 4,211 housing units at an average density of 874.6 per square mile (338.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.31% White, 0.51% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.25% from other races, and 0.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.84% of the population.

There were 3,874 households, out of which 27.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.1% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.5% were non-families. 34.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 23.8% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 19.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 85.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,902, and the median income for a family was $37,872. Males had a median income of $28,750 versus $20,673 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,750. About 8.9% of families and 12.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.2% of those under age 18 and 11.2% of those age 65 or over.


  • 1544th Transportation Company

Fire districts

Paris Community Fire Protection District - PCFPD This district contains 5 stations. 1 being Paris which is a full-time paid department and the others being Vermilion, Oliver, Grandview, and Redmon which are all volunteer department


Climate is characterized by relatively high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Cfa" (Humid Subtropical Climate).

Climate data for Paris, Illinois
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 2.2
Average low °C (°F) -7.2
Precipitation mm (inches) 64
Source: Weatherbase


Paris is composed of two public school districts: Paris Union School District 95 (for those living inside city limits) and Paris Community Unit School District No. 4 (for those outside the city limits). Those who are in District 95 send their children to Mayo Middle School, while Unit 4 children attend Crestwood School. However, both schools feed into one high school. Paris High School is the only secondary education facility in Paris and prior to July 1, 2009 was under District 95. On July 1, 2009, the renamed Paris Cooperative High School became the first cooperative high school in the state of Illinois. The high school celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 2009.

Paris Cooperative High School's mascot is the tiger and its colors are orange and black.

Paris is also the home of Saint Mary's School. It is a Catholic school serving grades preschool through 8th grade and is open to children of all religions. St. Mary's is the only tuition-based private school in Paris.

Notable people

  • Lionel Artis, civil servant
  • George W. Bristow, Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, lived in Paris
  • Shorty Cantlon, race car driver
  • Ed Carpenter, race car driver, born in Paris
  • Alfred M. Craig, Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, born in Paris
  • Brett Eldredge, country music singer, born in Paris
  • Jack Franklin, pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers
  • Albert Austin Harding, University of Illinois band director, raised in Paris
  • George Hunt, Illinois Attorney General
  • Alice Moore McComas (1850–1919), author, editor, lecturer and reformer
  • Richard P. Mills, educator
  • Jean Paige, silent-film actress
  • Troy Porter, plumber and civil rights leader
  • Bernie Shively, college football Hall of Fame member and University of Kentucky athletic director
  • Lee Sholem, film and television director, born in Paris
  • Abraham L. Stanfield, businessman and politician
  • Barbara Stuart, actor, born in Paris
  • Tom Sunkel, pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers. Managed the Paris Lakers from 1950 to 1954
  • Carl Switzer, actor ("Alfalfa" in Our Gang)
  • Harold Switzer, actor ("Harold" in Our Gang); older brother to Carl Switzer
  • Bill Van Dyke, outfielder for the Toledo Maumees, St. Louis Browns and Boston Beaneaters
  • Rodney Watson, men's head basketball coach, University of Southern Indiana
  • W. H. Lillard, college instructor, Headmaster at Tabor Academy, head football coach at, Dartmouth College
  • William Zeckendorf, real estate developer
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