Forsyth, Illinois

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"Pride and progress"
Location of Forsyth in Macon County, Illinois
Location of Forsyth in Macon County, Illinois
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 39°55.6′N 88°57.6′W / 39.9267°N 88.9600°W / 39.9267; -88.9600Coordinates: 39°55.6′N 88°57.6′W / 39.9267°N 88.9600°W / 39.9267; -88.9600
CountryUnited States
 • TypeTrustee-President
 • Village President (also referred to as Mayor)Marilyn J. Johnson [1]
 • Total3.11 sq mi (8.05 km2)
 • Land3.11 sq mi (8.05 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
676 ft (206 m)
 • Total3,490
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,119.37/sq mi (432.25/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
Area code(s)217
FIPS code17-27091
Wikimedia CommonsForsyth, Illinois
Official Logo of the Village of Forsyth

Forsyth is a village in Macon County, Illinois, United States whose population was 3,490 at the 2010 census, and 3,496 in 2018. It is included in the Decatur, Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Area pop. 109,456.


The settlement of Forsyth dates to around 1854, when the Illinois Central Railroad came through Macon County. The village is named after Col. Robert Forsyth, the first general freight agent of the Illinois Central Railroad.[4][5]


Forsyth is located at 39°55.6′N 88°57.6′W / 39.9267°N 88.9600°W / 39.9267; -88.9600 (39.9258, -88.9593).[6]

According to the 2010 census, Forsyth has a total area of 3.17 square miles (8.21 km2), all land.[7]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)3,479[3]−0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 2,434 people, 903 households, and 728 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,156.6 people per square mile (447.5/km2). There were 941 housing units at an average density of 447.1 per square mile (173.0/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 96.96% White, 1.27% African American, 0.21% Native American, 1.31% Asian, 0.04% from other races, and 0.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 0.49% of the population.

There were 903 households, out of which 37.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.4% were married couples living together, 4.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.3% were non-families. 17.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 28.1% under the age of 18, 4.3% from 18 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 29.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.9 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $69,000, and the median income for a family was $81,211. Males had a median income of $61,053 versus $33,125 for females. The per capita income for the village was $34,010. About 1.4% of families and 1.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.1% of those under age 18 and 2.2% of those age 65 or over.

Public schools[edit]

K–12 public education in the Forsyth area is provided by the Forsyth Public School District.[10]

  • Maroa-Forsyth Grade School (mascot: Trojan)
  • Maroa-Forsyth Middle School (mascot: Trojan)
  • Maroa-Forsyth High School (mascot: Trojan)


At the start of 2019, the Village Board of Trustees voted to approve a new Village Logo. The previous logo had not been updated since the 1980s. The new logo puts an emphasis on the Village's slogan, "Pride and Progress", while still maintaining the iconic green color that is so familiar to the community.


The Hickory Point Mall is located in Forsyth. The Village of Forsyth's retail base is made up of brands such as Von Maur, Kohl's, Staples, Lowe's, Menard's, Hobby Lobby, TJ Maxx, and more.

Notable person[edit]


  1. ^ The Village of Forsyth. "The Village of Forsyth, IL". Retrieved June 26, 2019.
  2. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 14, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. pp. 128.
  5. ^ Illinois Central Magazine. Illinois Central Railroad Company. 1922. p. 44.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. ^ "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2020-02-13. Retrieved 2015-08-03.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  10. ^ Forsyth Public School District
  11. ^ Conn, Justin (2012-11-20). "A Maroa-Forsyth history lesson". Decatur, IL: Herald and Review. Retrieved 2018-01-15.

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