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Taylorville, Illinois
Christian County Courthouse, Taylorville.jpg
Motto(s): 
A Great Place To Live, Work, and Visit
Location within Christian County and Illinois
Location within Christian County and Illinois
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Country United States
State Illinois
County Christian
Area
 • Total 12.22 sq mi (31.66 km2)
 • Land 10.31 sq mi (26.72 km2)
 • Water 1.91 sq mi (4.95 km2)
Elevation
630 ft (190 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 10,506
 • Density 1,018.52/sq mi (393.26/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
62568
Area codes 217, 447
FIPS code 17-74574
GNIS ID 419575

Taylorville is a city in and the county seat of Christian County, Illinois, United States. The population was 11,246 at the 2010 census, making it the county's largest city.

Geography

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.

Demographics

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%
2020 10,506 −6.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 11,427 people, 4,856 households, and 3,039 families living 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 people of any race were 0.70% of the population.

Transportation

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

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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."

Education

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.

Notable people

  • John J. Bullington - Illinois state representative, soldier, and politician; lived and practiced law in Taylorville
  • Jon Corzine - 54th Governor of New Jersey 2006–2010; United States Senator representing New Jersey 2001–2006; previously co-CEO of Goldman Sachs, and CEO and Chairman of MF Global; born outside Taylorville and graduated from Taylorville High School
  • Yvonne Craig - actress who appeared in season 3 of the 1960s Batman TV series as Batgirl; born in Taylorville
  • James H. Forrester - Illinois state senator, judge, and lawyer; lived and practiced law in Taylorville
  • Harry B. Hershey - Illinois Supreme Court justice; lived in and served as mayor of Taylorville
  • Randy Hopper - Wisconsin State Senator; born in Taylorville
  • Vern Mullen - professional football player
  • Johnny Orr - basketball player and coach; born in Taylorville
  • Pat Perry - former MLB pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs; born in Taylorville
  • Edward Mills Purcell - discovered nuclear magnetic resonance (MRI); winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics (1952); born in Taylorville
  • James B. Ricks - Illinois Supreme Court justice; served as mayor of Taylorville
  • Ruth Robertson - photojournalist; born in Taylorville
  • Joyce Taylor - 1960s film and television actress; born in Taylorville
  • Rolland F. Tipsword - Illinois state representative, judge, and lawyer; lived and practiced law in Taylorville
  • Stuart J. Traynor - Illinois state legislator and lawyer, lived and practiced law in Taylorville.
  • Clifford J. Vogelsang - Illinois state senator, judge, and lawyer; lived and practiced law in Taylorville
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