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Location of Sumner in Lawrence County, Illinois.
Location of Sumner 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
Founded 1855
incorporated 1887
 • Total 1.40 sq mi (3.62 km2)
 • Land 1.40 sq mi (3.62 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
 • Total 2,631
 • Density 1,881.97/sq mi (726.62/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
Area code(s) 618
FIPS code 17-73703
Wikimedia Commons Sumner, Illinois

Sumner is a city in Lawrence County, Illinois, United States. The population was 3,174 at the 2010 census, with approximately 2,000 of that population being inmates at the Lawrence Correctional Center.


Sumner is located at 38°42′57″N 87°51′36″W / 38.71583°N 87.86000°W / 38.71583; -87.86000 (38.715935, -87.859910).

According to the 2010 census, Sumner has a total area of 1.37 square miles (3.55 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 672
1880 1,021 51.9%
1890 1,037 1.6%
1900 1,268 22.3%
1910 1,413 11.4%
1920 1,029 −27.2%
1930 967 −6.0%
1940 1,070 10.7%
1950 1,170 9.3%
1960 1,035 −11.5%
1970 1,201 16.0%
1980 1,238 3.1%
1990 1,083 −12.5%
2000 1,022 −5.6%
2010 3,174 210.6%
2020 2,631 −17.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,022 people, 369 households, and 238 families residing in the city. The population density was 991.0 people per square mile (383.1/km2). There were 425 housing units at an average density of 412.1 per square mile (159.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.16% White, 1.96% African American, 0.49% from other races, and 0.39% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.68% of the population.

There were 369 households, out of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.0% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.5% were non-families. 32.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 23.0% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 19.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,489, and the median income for a family was $36,667. Males had a median income of $23,068 versus $21,999 for females—although Lawrence County ranks as one of the worst in the country for men of prime working age, 25-54, who are willing to work, according to a New York Times study, which shows 84 percent of that gender and age group not in the workforce. The per capita income for the city was $14,808. About 13.5% of families and 16.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.2% of those under age 18 and 14.5% of those age 65 or over.

Sumner is sometimes reported as the American town with the highest male-to-female ratio. Males represent about 90 percent of the population when the figures include the Lawrence Correctional Center.

Hugh David Rigall and Pernie Wagner's wedding, Sumner, Illinois, 1918
Hugh David Rigall and Pernie Wagner's wedding, Sumner, Illinois, 1918

Notable Events

In 2011-2013 the found footage horror film Unlisted Owner was filmed there by Jed Brian's production company Lawford County Productions. Unlisted Owner is a 2013 American found footage thriller horror film written and directed by Jed Brian and co-written by Tyler Landers and produced by Lawford County Productions. Unlisted Owner has been edited as crime scene video evidence with law enforcement placards showing the date time and who’s camera was filming in the next sequence. Lawford County Productions signed a distribution agreement for Unlisted Owner with Tom Cat Films in October 2016.

Production began in July 2011 and completed May 2013. As his directorial debut, filmmaker Jed Brian spent two years shooting and editing the film. It was filmed in and around Sumner, Illinois.

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