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Official name: City of Taylorville
Motto: A Great Place To Live, Work, and Visit
Country United States
State Illinois
County Christian
Elevation 621 ft (189 m)
Coordinates 39°32′27″N 89°17′17″W / 39.54083°N 89.28806°W / 39.54083; -89.28806
Area 10.1 sq mi (26 km²)
 - land 9.86 sq mi (26 km²)
 - water 1.91 sq mi (5 km²)
Population 11,427 (2000)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 62568

Taylorville is a city in and the county seat of Christian County, Illinois, United States. The population was 11,427 at the 2000 census, making it the county's largest city.


Taylorville is located at 39°32′27″N 89°17′17″W / 39.54083°N 89.28806°W / 39.54083; -89.28806 (39.540768, −89.288005).

According to the 2010 census, Taylorville has a total area of 11.77 square miles (30.48 km2), of which 9.86 square miles (25.54 km2) (or 83.77%) is land and 1.91 square miles (4.95 km2) (or 16.23%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 2,237
1890 2,829 26.5%
1900 4,248 50.2%
1910 5,446 28.2%
1920 5,806 6.6%
1930 7,316 26.0%
1940 8,313 13.6%
1950 9,188 10.5%
1960 8,801 −4.2%
1970 10,644 20.9%
1980 11,386 7.0%
1990 11,133 −2.2%
2000 11,427 2.6%
2010 11,246 −1.6%
Est. 2015 10,873 −3.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 11,427 people, 4,856 households, and 3,039 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,416.6 people per square mile (546.7/km²). There were 5,208 housing units at an average density of 645.6 per square mile (249.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.67% White, 0.71% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.31% from other races, and 0.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.70% of the population.


Taylorville is served by Illinois Route 29, Illinois Route 48 and Illinois Route 104. (by closest major city) Illinois Route 29 connects Taylorville to Springfield Illinois, Illinois Route 48 connects Decatur Illinois including highway access to US Highway 51 to Pana Illinois and/or Champaign Illinois via Interstate 72, and Illinois Route 104 connects Taylorville to Jacksonville Illinois.

Taylorville Watertower
Taylorville Water tower


Around 11:20AM on August 11, 2012, a twin engine airplane crashed into a residential area of Taylorville, killing the pilot but injuring none on the ground.

Some outer homes and a business in Taylorville were damaged by a F1 tornado on April 2, 2006.

The town newspaper is the Breeze-Courier, which is the only daily newspaper serving Christian County. Also, The State Journal-Register, published in Springfield, Illinois covers Taylorville and Christian County quite extensively. The Decatur, Illinois Herald & Review covers the area as well.

Taylorville was known (in the early to mid-1990s) to have had a high rate of neuroblastoma, a cancer affecting the adrenal gland and striking children. The local power company Central Illinois Public Service Company was sued and lost for contaminating the groundwater in 1994.

The IHSA single season boys' basketball record of 45–0 was set by Taylorville High School in 1944. Ron Bontemps and Johnny Orr were team members.

In 1911, the Taylorville Christians were a member of the Illinois–Missouri League, an American minor league baseball league. Future Baseball Hall of Famer Ray Schalk played on that team.

Taylorville is known as the "Christmas Capital of Illinois."

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