Heyworth, Illinois

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Looking east on Main Street in downtown Heyworth
Looking east on Main Street in downtown Heyworth
Location of Heyworth in McLean County, Illinois.
Location of Heyworth in McLean County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 40°18′53″N 88°58′40″W / 40.31472°N 88.97778°W / 40.31472; -88.97778Coordinates: 40°18′53″N 88°58′40″W / 40.31472°N 88.97778°W / 40.31472; -88.97778
Country United States
State Illinois
County McLean
Township Randolph
 • Total 2.97 sq mi (7.69 km2)
 • Land 2.91 sq mi (7.53 km2)
 • Water 0.06 sq mi (0.16 km2)
Elevation 743 ft (226 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,841
 • Estimate (2016)[2] 2,881
 • Density 990.37/sq mi (382.36/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s) 61745
Area code(s) 309
FIPS code 17-34449
Wikimedia Commons Heyworth, Illinois

Heyworth is a village in McLean County, Illinois, United States. It was founded in 1858. As of 2010, Heyworth has a population of 2,841. It is part of the BloomingtonNormal Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Heyworth was laid out by Campbell Wakefield on September 11, 1858.[3] Before settlement, the locality now known as Heyworth was covered by a heavy growth of timber and underbrush which was inhabited by the Kickapoo Native Americans, and was supported a great number of deer, wild turkeys, and packs of large gray wolves.

As settlers began to move West, families such as the Rutledges, Funks, Passwaters, Bishops, Nobles,Wakefields, and Martins settled in the immediate vicinity of the present Village of Heyworth as early as 1824. Campbell Wakefield was the primary founder of Heyworth. In the course of his achievements, Wakefield became the owner of a vast tract of land including what is now Heyworth. He continually added to his original tract until he obtained about 1,500 acres (6.1 km2) in one plot.

As the Western US population increased and industries began to spring up, railroads were becoming a great advantage. In 1852 and 1853, the Illinois Central Railroad was constructed through the Wakefield land. When the line became operational in 1855, the residents hoped to put a train station in the vicinity. Many property owners vied for the station, but Wakefield immediately donated a large tract of land for the station. Additionally he set aside adjacent land for the foundation of a town, a Presbyterian Church, and a district school.

The first post office was built in the municipality in 1856, when the new station was opened. The station was named "Elmwood", but it was soon discovered that this name was already taken by a locality in Peoria County.[4] The President of the Illinois Central Railroad proposed calling the new station "Heyworth," after Lawrence Heyworth, an English director of the railroad.[5]

After the establishment of the station, Campbell Wakefield made several donations to encourage trade and induce business men to locate in the new town. He became the proprietor of the new town, and the Village of Heyworth was incorporated on March 31, 1869.

Campbell Wakefield

Heyworth today[edit]

While railroads brought growth during the 19th century, growth today is driven by recession-resistant business expansion occurring primarily in Bloomington-Normal, located just 10 minutes north of Heyworth on U.S. Route 51.

One of the largest draws to McLean County and the Heyworth area is that it offers easy access to more than 30 million people who live within 300 miles (480 km). Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis are each just over two hours away by car and twelve major metro areas are located within a 450-mile (720 km) radius. The Central Illinois Regional Airport is just 12 miles (19 km) away, with commercial airlines and jet service.

Community services include excellent local police protection, a volunteer fire department, local 24-hour ambulance service which will soon have paid paramedics on staff, local schools from kindergarten through grade 12, and several churches of various denominations. The annual Hey Days celebration in May features a carnival, food and live entertainment. Christmas is celebrated with the "Holidays Heyworth Style" parade and craft show.

OSF Primary Care, a medical clinic operated by the OSF Healthcare System under the auspices of OSF St. Joseph's Medical Center in Bloomington, opened in January 2010. The facility provides in-town healthcare access to Heyworth residents for the first time since 1989. Also, a Casey's General Store.


Heyworth is located at 40°18′53″N 88°58′40″W / 40.31472°N 88.97778°W / 40.31472; -88.97778 (40.314718, -88.977896).[6]

According to the 2010 census, Heyworth has a total area of 1.88 square miles (4.87 km2), all land.[7]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20162,881[2]1.4%
Decennial US Census

As of the census[8] of 2007, there were 2,547 people,(+3.1% from 2000), 898 households, and 687 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,573.6 people per square mile (609.5/km²). There were 956 housing units at an average density of 618.8 per square mile (239.7/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.82% White, 0.16% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.62% from other races, and 0.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.82% of the population.

There were 898 households out of which 42.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.0% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.4% were non-families. 19.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the village, the population was spread out with 31.0% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 33.0% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 10.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.9 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $53,043, and the median income for a family was $60,648. Males had a median income of $40,944 versus $26,708 for females. The per capita income for the village was $20,655. About 2.9% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.8% of those under age 18 and 2.0% of those age 65 or over.


Heyworth Elementary School services grades Pre K - 6. The school is located at 100 S. Joselyn St.

Heyworth Jr/Sr High School services grades 7 - 12. The school is located at 308 W. Cleveland St. See school report card at ISBE The Junior High offers the following sports for students: Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Volleyball, Track and Wrestling. The Senior High offers the following sports and activities for students: Basketball, Football, Golf, Soccer, Volleyball, Baseball, Softball, Track, Cheerleading, Marching Band, Speech, Wrestling, and FFA.


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jun 29, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McLean County, Illinois ( Edited by Ezra M. Prince and John H. Burnham; 2 vols; Chicago: Munsell, 1908)p. 2:209.
  4. ^ Marker, Charles A. (1926). A History of Heyworth. Heyworth, IL: Heyworth Star. pp. 8 (page 14 of the PDF). Retrieved February 2, 2017 – via Internet Archive. Those interested here called it "Elmwood," but finding that that name had been appropriated by a Mr. Phelps in Peoria County long before, the President of the Illinois Central proposed to call the new station "Heyworth," the name of an English director of the road. This was in 1856.
  5. ^ Flesher, Dale L.; Previts, Gary J.; Samson, William D. (June 2006). "Early American Corporate Reporting and European Capital Markets: The Case of the Illinois Central Railroad, 1851-1861". The Accounting Historians Journal. 33 (1): 3–24. JSTOR 40698555. (Subscription required (help)).
  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. Retrieved 2015-08-03.
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  • Marker, Charles A., (1926) A History of Heyworth, The Heyworth Star

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