Chrisman, Illinois

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Edgar County's location in Illinois
Edgar County's location in Illinois
Chrisman is located in Edgar County, Illinois
Chrisman's location in Edgar County
Coordinates: 39°48′13″N 87°40′25″W / 39.80361°N 87.67361°W / 39.80361; -87.67361Coordinates: 39°48′13″N 87°40′25″W / 39.80361°N 87.67361°W / 39.80361; -87.67361
Country  United States
State  Illinois
County Edgar
Township Ross
 • Total 0.75 sq mi (1.9 km2)
 • Land 0.75 sq mi (1.9 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 650 ft (198 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,343
ZIP code 61924
Area code(s) 217
GNIS feature ID[1] 0406082

Chrisman is a city in Ross Township, Edgar County, Illinois, United States. The population was 1,343 at the 2010 census.

The water tower in Chrisman


Chrisman is located at 39°48′15″N 87°40′32″W / 39.80417°N 87.67556°W / 39.80417; -87.67556 (39.804038, -87.675669).[2] It is on U.S. Route 150 less than a mile north of its intersection with U.S. Route 36. Two railroad lines intersect in Chrisman, both operated by CSX Transportation.[3]

According to the 2010 census, the city has a total area of 0.75 square miles (1.9 km2), all land.[4]


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 1,318 people, 531 households, and 340 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,801.6 people per square mile (697.1/km²). There were 597 housing units at an average density of 816.0 per square mile (315.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.17% White, 0.15% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.23% Asian, and 0.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.30% of the population.

There were 531 households out of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.5% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.8% were non-families. 32.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.89.

Chrisman High School

In the city the population was spread out with 22.3% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 23.6% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 25.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 83.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 73.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,167, and the median income for a family was $42,321. Males had a median income of $32,313 versus $21,875 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,651. About 5.1% of families and 10.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.0% of those under age 18 and 14.0% of those age 65 or over.

Some famous people went through Chrisman, Illinois like Barack Obama when he was going to Paris, Illinois to campaign for the Illinois Senate seat and Abraham Lincoln to stay up in a hotel in Danville, Illinois. Lincoln also stayed in a hotel outside Chrisman.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "Chrisman". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2010-10-15. 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ "Illinois Railroad Map" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-10-11. 
  4. ^ "Places: Illinois". 2010 Census Gazetteer Files. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ 'Illinois Blue Book 1997-1998,' Biographical Sketch of Harry "Babe" Woodyard, pg. 57