- Paris, Illinois
name = Paris
category = City
image_caption = The Edgar County Courthouse in Paris, Illinois
country = United States
state = Illinois
region_type = County
region = Edgar
district_type = Township
district = Paris
elevation_imperial = 722
elevation_imperial_note = cite web|url=Gnis3|415377|title=USGS detail on Paris|accessdate=2007-10-11]
lat_d = 39
lat_m = 36
lat_s = 47
lat_NS = N
long_d = 87
long_m = 41
long_s = 38
long_EW = W
area_imperial = 5.2
population = 9077
population_date = 2000
population_density_imperial = 1885.3
timezone = CST
utc_offset = -6
timezone_DST = CDT
utc_offset_DST = -5
postal_code = 61944
area_code = 217
map_caption = Location of Paris within Illinois
map_locator = Illinois
map1 = Map of USA IL.svg
map1_caption = Location of Illinois within the United States
Paris is a city in Paris Township, Edgar County,
Illinois, USA, 165 miles (276 km) south of Chicago, and 90 miles (150 km) west of Indianapolis. The commission form of government was adopted in 1915. In 1900, 6,105 people lived in Paris, Illinois; in 1910, 7,664; and in 1940, 9,281. The population was 9,077 at the 2000 census. It is the county seatof Edgar CountyGR|6.
Paris is located at coor dms|39|36|47|N|87|41|38|W|city (39.613014, -87.693829)GR|1.
U.S. Route 150and Illinois State Route 1pass through Paris. One railroad passes through town, a CSX Transportationline that goes north toward Danville and southeast toward Terre Haute, Indiana.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.2 square miles (13.5 km²), of which, 4.8 square miles (12.5 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²) of it (7.68%) is water.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 9,077 people, 3,874 households, and 2,382 families residing in the city. The population densitywas 1,885.3 people per square mile (728.6/km²). There were 4,211 housing units at an average density of 874.6/sq mi (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 incomefor 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.
* Morgan Manufacturing
* Illinois Cereal Mills, a wholly-owned subsidiary of
* North American Lighting, Inc.
* Cadillac Products
* Meco, Inc.
* Paris Metal Products
* Paris Transport
* Simonton Windows
* German's Car Corner
1544th Transportation Company
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.
Colonel Eli Lilly, industrialist
Daniel Rhoads, ranger who helped rescue the Donner Party
William Glenn Sloan, engineer who was co-author of the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program
Solomon L. Spink, attorney
Carl Switzer, actor, "Alfalfa" in the " Our Gang" comedies.
Paris is the home of Saint Mary's School. It is a Catholic school serving grades PreSchool thru 8th grade and is open to children of all religions.
Paris is composed of two school districts: District 95 (for those living inside city limits) and District 4 (for those outside the city limits). Those who are in District 95 send their children to Mayo Middle School, while District 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 is under District 95. Paris High School's mascot is the tiger and its colors are orange and black.
Asher Morton Farmstead
Edgar County Courthouse
Paris Carnegie Public Library
Paris Elks Lodge No. 812 Building
Pine Grove Community Club
* [http://www.allischalmersmuseum.com Allis Chalmers Museum]
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