Taylorville, Illinois

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Official name: City of Taylorville
Motto: A Great Place To Live, Work, and Visit [1]
Country United States
State Illinois
County Christian
Elevation 621 ft (189 m)
Coordinates 39°32′27″N 89°17′17″W / 39.54083°N 89.28806°W / 39.54083; -89.28806Coordinates: 39°32′27″N 89°17′17″W / 39.54083°N 89.28806°W / 39.54083; -89.28806
Area 10.1 sq mi (26 km2)
 - land 9.86 sq mi (26 km2)
 - water 1.91 sq mi (5 km2)
Population 11,427 (2000)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 62568
Location of Taylorville in Illinois
Website: www.taylorville.net

Taylorville is a city in and the county seat of Christian County, Illinois, United States.[2] The population was 11,427 at the 2000 census, making it the county's largest city.


Taylorville is located at 39°32′27″N 89°17′17″W / 39.54083°N 89.28806°W / 39.54083; -89.28806 (39.540768, -89.288005).[3]

According to the 2010 census, the city has a total area of 11.77 square miles (30.5 km2), of which 9.86 square miles (25.5 km2) (or 83.77%) is land and 1.91 square miles (4.9 km2) (or 16.23%) is water.[4]


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 11,427 people, 4,856 households, and 3,039 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,416.6 people per square mile (546.7/km²). There were 5,208 housing units at an average density of 645.6 per square mile (249.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.67% White, 0.71% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.31% from other races, and 0.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.70% of the population.


Around 11:20AM on August 11, 2012 a twin engine airplane crashed into a residential area of Taylorville, killing the pilot but injuring none on the ground.

Some outer homes and a business of Taylorville were damaged or destroyed by two EF2 tornadoes on April 2, 2006.

The town newspaper is the Breeze-Courier, which is the only daily newspaper serving Christian County. Also, The State Journal-Register, published in Springfield, Illinois covers Taylorville and Christian County quite extensively. The Decatur, Illinois Herald & Review covers the area as well.

Taylorville was known (in the early to mid-1990s) to have had a high rate of neuroblastoma, a cancer affecting the adrenal gland and striking children.[6] The local power company Central Illinois Public Service Company was sued and lost for contaminating the groundwater in 1994.[7]

The IHSA single season boys' basketball record of 45–0 was set by Taylorville High School in 1944. Ron Bontemps and Johnny Orr were team members.[8]

In 1911, the Taylorville Christians were a member of the Illinois–Missouri League, an American minor league baseball league. Future Hall of Famer Ray Schalk played on that team.

Taylorville is known as the "Christmas Capital of Illinois."

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  1. ^ Official City Website Retrieved on May 27, 2007
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "Places: Illinois". 2010 Census Gazetteer Files. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ http://www.clutterinvestigations.com/environmental_inv.html
  7. ^ The case files for the case against the power plant
  8. ^ Google Books -> Illinois: Legends of Illinois High School Basketball by Taylor Bell (Page 4)
  9. ^ http://www.sj-r.com/x1637735066/Dave-Bakke-When-Jon-Corzine-is-in-the-news-national-media-turn-to-Taylorville
  10. ^ http://copleydc.net/copleydc_staff/Meinert/meinert_9-26-04.htm
  11. ^ Illinois Supreme Court-Harry B. Hershey
  12. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/03/sports/ncaabasketball/johnny-orr-a-top-basketball-coach-at-two-colleges-dies-at-86.html?_r=0
  13. ^ http://www.sj-r.com/article/20131231/ENTERTAINMENTLIFE/131239924/10250/LIFESTYLE
  14. ^ a b Purcell, Edward Mills (1952). "Biography". The Nobel Prize in Physics 1952 Felix Bloch, E. M. Purcell. The Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 

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