Mahomet, Illinois

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Lake of the Woods, Mahomet, Illinois
Country United States
State Illinois
County Champaign
Elevation 715 ft (218 m)
Coordinates 40°11′33″N 88°24′8″W / 40.19250°N 88.40222°W / 40.19250; -88.40222Coordinates: 40°11′33″N 88°24′8″W / 40.19250°N 88.40222°W / 40.19250; -88.40222
Area 9.08 sq mi (24 km2)
 - land 9.02 sq mi (23 km2)
 - water 0.07 sq mi (0 km2)
Population 7,258 (2010)
Density 711.6 / sq mi (275 / km2)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 61853
Area code 217
Location within Champaign County
Location within Illinois
Wikimedia Commons: Mahomet, Illinois

Mahomet /məˈhɒmɨt/ is a village in Champaign County, Illinois, United States. The population was 7,258 at the 2010 census. Mahomet is located approximately ten miles west of Champaign at the junction of Interstate 74 and IL 47.


Mahomet is located at 40°11′33″N 88°24′8″W / 40.19250°N 88.40222°W / 40.19250; -88.40222 (40.192384, -88.402115).[1]

According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 9.08 square miles (23.5 km2), of which 9.02 square miles (23.4 km2) (or 99.34%) is land and 0.07 square miles (0.18 km2) (or 0.77%) is water.[2]


The Early American Museum at Lake of the Woods forest preserve.[3]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 4,877 people, 1,654 households, and 1,374 families residing in the village. This figure does not include surrounding subdivisions which would almost double the population. The population density was 711.6 people per square mile (274.9/km²). There were 1,700 housing units at an average density of 248.0 per square mile (95.8/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.18% White, 0.14% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.59% Asian, 0.39% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.94% of the population.

There were 1,654 households out of which 51.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.9% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.9% were non-families. 14.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.95 and the average family size was 3.27.

In the village the population was spread out with 34.3% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 31.8% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 6.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 93.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.0 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $57,574, and the median income for a family was $61,063. Males had a median income of $46,277 versus $30,956 for females. The per capita income for the village was $21,990. About 3.5% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.1% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.

Forest preserves[edit]

"HI Tower"[5] at the Champaign County Forest Preserve District Headquarters in Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, Mahomet, Illinois.

The most popular tourist attractions in Mahomet are all Champaign County Forest Preserve District properties: Lake of the Woods Park and its award-winning Hartwell C. Howard Golf Course, and the River Bend Forest Preserve. Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve is a 900 acres (3.6 km2) park along the Sangamon River. The park features a botanical garden, a lake, a picturesque covered bridge and also offers activities like boating, fishing, cross country skiing, and sledding. Within Lake of the Woods Park is the Museum of the Grand Prairie (formerly called the Early American Museum), which has a collection that features life in the 19th and early 20th century in East-Central Illinois. The park has a 3.3-mile (5.3 km) bike path and a bell tower. The Hartwell C. Howard Golf Course is an 18 hole regulation course, a 9 hole par 3 course, and a practice range. The River Bend Forest Preserve is 275 acres (1.11 km2), of which 130 acres (0.53 km2) is water. The park has two large lakes, one of them being the largest lake in Champaign County and 2.5 miles (4.0 km) of forest along the Sangamon River.

Mahomet schools[edit]

The Mahomet School District has 2,678 students in grades K-12, 185 instructors and 10 administrators, spread over five schools. The school colors are orange and blue and the school mascot is a Bulldog.

Mahomet-Seymour High School[edit]

Mahomet-Seymour High School was built in 1981 and has since undergone expansion as the community of Mahomet continues to grow. The latest expansion was completed in August 2000 and brought 16,000 sq ft (1,500 m2). (when completed the building was over 80,000 sq ft (7,000 m2)) of additional space to the building, increased student capacity to 1,100, and cost $8,701,400. As of the 2004-2005 school year, the school has an enrollment of 863 students and a faculty of fifty-two full-time teachers. On May 5, 2007, school board members unanimously approved a Mahomet-Seymour Schools Foundation plan to raise money to build a greenhouse.[1] In early 2008, the greenhouse was pronounced to be ready for spring.[2] The Chicago Sun-Times ranked MSHS 34th based on state test scores in 2013.[3]

Mahomet-Seymour Junior High[edit]

Built in 1961, the building that is now MSJH was originally Mahomet- Seymour High School. In 1981 the high school moved to its current building. MSJH has gone through many renovations and additions, including ten new rooms in 1994. As of the 2004-2005 school year, there are 631 students enrolled at MSJH over three grade levels (6th-8th). An interesing fact about MSJH is that the floor in the Blue Gym was originally the flooring at the Assembly Hall, where the Fighting Illini of the University of Illinois play basketball and wrestle.

Lincoln Trail Elementary School[edit]

Lincoln Trail has students enrolled over three grade levels (3rd-5th).

Sangamon Elementary School[edit]

Sangamon enrolls students in 1st and 2nd grades.

Middletown Early Childhood Center[edit]

Middle town houses the local kindergarten classes.


Lake of the Woods forest preserve covered bridge.[6]

The village of Mahomet was first settled in 1832 on the banks of the Sangamon River. It was the first community to be established in modern day Champaign County. The original village name was Middletown, because it was half-way between the towns of Danville and Bloomington. In 1871, the name of the village was changed to Mahomet because there was already another Middletown in Illinois, which was causing mail problems.[7] Most early settlers came from Ohio, Virginia, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania and chose to reside in Mahomet because there was abundant water from the Sangamon River and abundant trees. Currently, most residents commute 10 miles (16 km) to the city of Champaign to work, although the village has a thriving small business district.

The Sangamon River as viewed from the covered bridge at Lake of the Woods forest preserve.

The Illinois town's name derives from the "Mahomet Lodge," the local Masonic Lodge at the time the town was searching for a new name. Its use as the name of the lodge was a manifestation of the Freemasons' liberal use of religious names and stonemason tools and symbols.[citation needed] An alternative theory states that the name Mahomet was arbitrarily assigned when the conflicting names were noted by the US Postal Service.[7]

Although the unusual spelling, which is French for Mohammed, sometimes confuses newcomers, the pronunciation of Mahomet is muh-HOMM-it.

In 2007, the citizens of Mahomet voted to repeal the alcohol prohibition order that had been in place since World War II.

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