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Village of Philo
Downtown Philo, IllinoisPhilo, Illinois
Downtown Philo, Illinois
Philo, Illinois
"Center of the Universe"
Location of Philo in Champaign County, Illinois.
Location of Philo in Champaign County, Illinois.
Philo is located in Champaign County, Illinois
Location in Champaign County, Illinois
Philo is located in Illinois
Location in Illinois
Country United States
State Illinois
County Champaign
 • Total 0.83 sq mi (2.15 km2)
 • Land 0.83 sq mi (2.15 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
733 ft (223 m)
 • Total 1,392
 • Density 1,679.13/sq mi (648.39/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Postal code
Area code(s) 217
FIPS code 17-59533

Philo is a village about nine miles south of Urbana in Champaign County, Illinois, United States. The population was 1,466 at the 2010 census.


Philo is located at 40°0′19″N 88°9′23″W / 40.00528°N 88.15639°W / 40.00528; -88.15639 (40.005359, -88.156483). The legend "Center of the Universe" is painted on the village water tower, along with its zipcode.

According to the 2010 census, Philo has a total area of 0.83 square miles (2.15 km2), all land.

Philo was named after the founder Philo Hale. The main park, which is used for numerous functions including reserved space for family reunions, located on the north end of the village is named after the founder (Hale Park).


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 291
1880 435 49.5%
1890 491 12.9%
1900 502 2.2%
1910 562 12.0%
1920 544 −3.2%
1930 512 −5.9%
1940 510 −0.4%
1950 525 2.9%
1960 740 41.0%
1970 1,022 38.1%
1980 973 −4.8%
1990 1,028 5.7%
2000 1,314 27.8%
2010 1,466 11.6%
2020 1,392 −5.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,314 people, 474 households, and 381 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,723.4 people per square mile (667.6/km2). There were 492 housing units at an average density of 645.3 per square mile (250.0/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 99.01% White, 0.30% African American, and 0.68% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.30% of the population.

There were 474 households, out of which 41.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.5% were married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.6% were non-families. 17.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 30.1% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 103.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.2 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $56,852, and the median income for a family was $60,365. Males had a median income of $43,125 versus $25,446 for females. The per capita income for the village was $21,502. About 2.3% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.9% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.


Philo is in the Unit 7 School District located in nearby Tolono. Residents attend Unity East Elementary, Unity Junior High, and Unity High School.

Philo also has a Catholic Grade School, St. Thomas, for grades pre-K through 8th, and in nearby Champaign is the High School of Saint Thomas More

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