Carterville, Illinois

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This article is about the city. For the precinct, see Carterville Precinct, Williamson County, Illinois.
Country United States
State Illinois
County Williamson
Coordinates 37°45′40.03″N 89°4′46.52″W / 37.7611194°N 89.0795889°W / 37.7611194; -89.0795889
Area 5.28 sq mi (14 km2)
 - land 5.19 sq mi (13 km2)
 - water 0.09 sq mi (0 km2)
Density 1,061.8/sq mi (410/km2)
Mayor Bradley Robinson (D)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 62918
Area code 618
Location of Carterville within Illinois
Location of Carterville within Illinois
Wikimedia Commons: Carterville, Illinois

Carterville is a city in Williamson County, Illinois, United States, geographically situated between Carbondale and Marion. The city is located next to Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge's 44,000 acres (180 km2) of land and water contain a wide diversity of flora and fauna.[1] As of the 2010 census, the city population was 5,496. The city is part of the Carbondale-Marion combined statistical area and city has grown considerably as a residential community of Carbondale and Marion.


Carterville was founded by George M. McNeill and Laban Carter. McNeill married Olive Herrin of Herrin Prairie and in 1866 they settled on the farm now known as Carterville. Carter came to Williamson County in 1864, purchased 100 acres (0.40 km2) of land, and helped organize and secure a post office for Carterville in 1871. The town was named in his honor.[2] McNeill was one of the youngest members of the Union army during the American Civil War. He enlisted at 16 and was with General Sherman during his March to the Sea.[2]


According to the 2010 census, the city has a total area of 5.28 square miles (13.7 km2), of which 5.19 square miles (13.4 km2) (or 98.30%) is land and 0.09 square miles (0.23 km2) (or 1.70%) is water.[3]


Carterville is home to John A. Logan College, named for the local American Civil War hero and politician John A. Logan. A college of approximately 8,000 students, John A. Logan College was featured in Rolling Stone magazine as the nation's fifth best community college and in 2004 was recognized as one of the fastest growing community colleges in the nation.[4]

Carterville High School received a silver medal and ranked 94th in Illinois on US News and World Report's 2016 list of the nation’s best high schools. CHS was the only public high school in southern Illinois that performed above the state average of 21 on ACT testing.[5]

The Carterville Unit 5 Schools' athletic programs have been successful in the past, winning the IHSA State Conference Championship in Class 3A football in 1996 and in Class 2A softball in 2008 and 2016.[6]


Beginning in 1995, Carterville High School reached the IHSA playoffs in 20 of the past 21 seasons and won one state title in 1996.[7][8]

In August 2008, Carterville unveiled a new outdoor athletic complex. The addition includes a football field with an artificial playing surface that sports a large "C" at midfield, and also includes an all-weather track, enabling the school to host track meets for the first time in many years.[9]

It has been a long-time tradition during Carterville home football games to fire an authentic American Civil War cannon after every Lions' touchdown. The cannon is privately owned by a local resident.[10]

Carterville was a long-time member of the Black Diamond Conference. In 2010, Carterville moved to the larger River to River Conference's Mississippi Division. The change was made due to Carterville's rapid increase in enrollment, along with its football domination within the BDC. Since joining the R2R, Carterville has won the conference championship four times, two of these times as co-champions.[11]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 692
1890 969 40.0%
1900 1,749 80.5%
1910 2,971 69.9%
1920 3,404 14.6%
1930 2,866 −15.8%
1940 2,893 0.9%
1950 2,716 −6.1%
1960 2,643 −2.7%
1970 3,061 15.8%
1980 3,445 12.5%
1990 3,630 5.4%
2000 4,616 27.2%
2010 5,496 19.1%
Est. 2015 5,818 [12] 5.9%
U.S. Census[13]

As of the census[14] of 2000, there were 4,616 people, 1,933 households, and 1,293 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,061.8 people per square mile (409.7/km²). There were 2,093 housing units at an average density of 481.5 per square mile (185.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.21% White, 1.13% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.93% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.58% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.13% of the population.

There were 1,933 households out of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.4% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.1% were non-families. 28.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.2% under the age of 18, 10.0% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 13.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 93.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $36,969, and the median income for a family was $44,722. Males had a median income of $34,231 versus $24,924 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,884. About 9.9% of families and 14.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.4% of those under age 18 and 7.1% of those age 65 or over.


In a 2013 election, Brad Robinson was elected Mayor of Carterville. He succeeded Mayor Bill Mausey, who retired after 26 years in the position.[15]


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  2. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-02-06. Retrieved 2007-04-30. 
  3. ^ "Places: Illinois". 2010 Census Gazetteer Files. United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-10-21. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-07-03. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
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  11. ^ Black Diamond Conference
  12. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  13. ^ Census of Population and Housing, U.S. Census Bureau, archived from the original on 2006-02-08 
  14. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
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Further reading[edit]

  • Angle, Paul M. (1992). Bloody Williamson - A Chapter in American Lawlessness. University of Illinois Press. ISBN 0-252-06233-7.
  • Erwin, Milo. 1876, Rep. 1976. History of Williamson County, Illinois. Marion, Ill.: Williamson County Historical Society.
  • Erwin, Milo, and Jon Musgrave. 2006. The Bloody Vendetta of Southern Illinois. Marion, Ill.:
  • Spence, Jennifer and Sheri Hunter. 2011. Carterville, Cambria & Crainville: A Look Back At Our Towns. ISBN 0-615-49379-3.

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