Germantown, Illinois

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This article is about the village in southern Illinois. For the Woodford County village often called Germantown, see Germantown Hills, Illinois.
Coordinates: 38°33′15″N 89°32′22″W / 38.55417°N 89.53944°W / 38.55417; -89.53944
Country United States
State Illinois
County Clinton
Coordinates 38°33′15″N 89°32′22″W / 38.55417°N 89.53944°W / 38.55417; -89.53944
Area 0.87 sq mi (2 km2)
 - land 0.87 sq mi (2 km2)
 - water 0.00 sq mi (0 km2)
Population 1,118 (2000)
Density 1,408.8 / sq mi (544 / km2)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 62245
Area code 618
Location of Germantown within Illinois
Location of Germantown within Illinois
Wikimedia Commons: Germantown, Illinois

Germantown is a village in Clinton County, Illinois, United States. The population was 1,118 at the 2000 census.


The village of Germantown was established in 1833. Formerly known as Hanover, Germantown is said to be one of the first true German settlements in Illinois. It was originally called Hanover because it was the name of the first settlers native hometown in Germany.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,118 people, 444 households, and 322 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,408.8 people per square mile (546.4/km²). There were 459 housing units at an average density of 578.4 per square mile (224.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 99.19% White, 0.18% Asian, 0.27% from other races, and 0.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.54% of the population. There are approximately 5 non-white people here according to this equation.

There were 444 households out of which 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.9% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.3% were non-families. 24.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the village the population was spread out with 22.5% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 17.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 98.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.8 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $47,614, and the median income for a family was $56,563. Males had a median income of $39,028 versus $27,917 for females. The per capita income for the village was $21,851. About 3.5% of families and 6.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.1% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]

  • Red Schoendienst (1923-), second baseman and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer, born in Germantown


One of the most notable aspects of the Germantown community is its magnificent elementary school. Germantown Elementary provides classes for students in Pre-K up to eighth grade. They are known for having several programs to benefit every student. There is a special education program designed to take students who need a little extra help aside and give them the assistance they need. There is also an advanced program for students that have surpassed state standards. Germantown Elementary’s academic success is astounding. They have received several awards in past years for academic excellence.

In addition to their scholarly success, there are many extra curricular activities that Germanotwn Elementary offers. Those activities include: student council, scholar bowl, math team, science fair, team quest, concert band, jazz band, group and solo vocal performing, girls and boys track and field, girls and boys basketball, cheerleading, and girls volleyball.

There is no high school in Germantown, but there are two high schools in the neighboring town, Breese. These two high schools are Central Public High School and Mater Dei Catholic High School.

Annual events[edit]

January - Germantown PTA Trivia Night - Parent-Teacher Association fund raiser for the school. Reigning Champs:The Jr. High Teachers!

April - Earth Day - The junior high students from Germantown Elementary use the day to make the town a better place.

May - Bulldog Dash - 5K & 2K runs that provide funding for the students of Germantown Elementary.

July - St. Boniface Church Picnic - A carnival style event in which the proceeds go to St. Boniface Church in Germantown.

August - Spassfest - Spassfest means "fun festival" in German. This is a celebration of the town's German heritage. The festival includes traditional German bands and foods as well as many entertaining rides & games for young adults and children.

October - Scavenger Hunt - A PTA organized event for Germantown junior high students.


Germantown is located at 38°33′15″N 89°32′22″W / 38.55417°N 89.53944°W / 38.55417; -89.53944 (38.554180, -89.539315).[2]

According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 0.87 square miles (2.3 km2), all land.[3] Germantown is known for its great sports teams over the past couple of years.


  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer Files for Places – Illinois". United States Census. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 

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