Makanda, Illinois

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Makanda, Illinois
A railroad crossing in Makanda
A railroad crossing in Makanda
Location of Makanda in Jackson County, Illinois.
Location of Makanda in Jackson County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 37°37′5″N 89°13′46″W / 37.61806°N 89.22944°W / 37.61806; -89.22944Coordinates: 37°37′5″N 89°13′46″W / 37.61806°N 89.22944°W / 37.61806; -89.22944
CountryUnited States
 • Total5.33 sq mi (13.81 km2)
 • Land5.28 sq mi (13.68 km2)
 • Water0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)
 • Total561
 • Estimate 
 • Density100.36/sq mi (38.75/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
Area code(s)618
FIPS code17-46214
Wikimedia CommonsMakanda, Illinois

Makanda is a village in Jackson County, Illinois, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 561,[3] up from 419 in 2000. In the early 20th Century it used the slogan "Star of Egypt."[4]

Makanda is part of the Carbondale, IL Micropolitan Statistical Area.


The village was named after Makanda, a local Native American chieftain.[5]

After Lincolns inauguration Theodore and Al Thompson, flew the Union flag from a tree atop a hill between Makanda and Cobden in defiance of the Knights of the Golden Circle, a secessionist group that operated throughout the Midwest.[6] [7] [8]

In 2019 citizens of Makanda rallied against the Illinois Central Railroad Company after an announcement of a tower set to be built in the downtown area and a registered flood plane.[9]


Makanda is located at 37°37′5″N 89°13′46″W / 37.61806°N 89.22944°W / 37.61806; -89.22944 (37.618190, -89.229545).[10]

According to the 2010 census, Makanda has a total area of 5.341 square miles (13.83 km2), of which 5.29 square miles (13.70 km2) (or 99.05%) is land and 0.051 square miles (0.13 km2) (or 0.95%) is water.[11]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2019530[2]−5.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[12]

As of the 2010 census, there were 561 people, 230 households, and 160 families residing in the village. The population density was 129.6 people per square mile (50.0/km2). There were 262 housing units at an average density of 60.5 per square mile (23.4/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 87.5% White, 3.6% African American, 6.6% Asian, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.7% of the population.

Of the 230 households in the village, 28.7% had children under the age of 18. Of the 160 family households, 54.8% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present. 23.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the village, the population was spread out with 23.0% under the age of 20, 14.3% from 20 to 34, 20.9% from 35 to 49, 29.9% from 50 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44.4 years. For every 100 females, there were 113.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 109.4 males.[3]

2005-2009 American Community Survey data indicates the median income for a household in the village was $54,107, and the median income for a family was $72,222. Male full-time workers had a median income of $36,875 versus $43,594 for female full-time workers. The per capita income for the village was $31,898. 5.8% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.8% of those under age 18.[13]

Arts and culture[edit]

  • Makanda Spring Fest, an annual two-day event featuring local artists and live music.[14]
  • Makanda Vulture Fest, an annual two-day event held during the third weekend in October that celebrates the migration of the black vulture and turkey vulture to the region.[14]
  • Total solar eclipses: The center lines of the paths of the solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, and the solar eclipse of April 8, 2024 will cross over Makanda. Tens of thousands of spectators were expected to flock to Makanda and surroundings to witness the 2017 eclipse.[15]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 14, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". Retrieved 2011-08-08.
  4. ^ Feb. 24, 1921. "Slogans of the Various Illinois Cities." Woodland Daily Democrat (Woodland, Calif.). 2.
  5. ^ Illinois Central Magazine. Illinois Central Railroad Company. 1922. p. 42.
  6. ^ "Theodore Wilson Thompson: Southern Illinois Pioneer". p. 36.
  7. ^ "Illinois Civil War graffiti site added to historic register". 2016.
  8. ^ "Knights of the Golden Circle".
  9. ^ "New communication tower coming to Makanda; residents voice concern about safety". 2019.
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  11. ^ "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2020-02-13. Retrieved 2015-08-04.
  12. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  13. ^ "American FactFinder 2000". Archived from the original on 2020-02-10. Retrieved 2011-08-08.
  14. ^ a b "Events of Makanda, Illinois". Retrieved 2011-08-08.
  15. ^ "Upcoming Solar Eclipses and Makanda". Village of Makanda, Illinois. 2015. Retrieved March 24, 2017.

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