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Taylorville, Illinois

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)
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: .net.taylorvillewww

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.


  • Geography 1
  • Demographics 2
  • Other 3
  • Notable people 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Taylorville is located at (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[7] 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.[8] The local power company Central Illinois Public Service Company was sued and lost for contaminating the groundwater in 1994.[9]

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.[10]

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

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

Notable people

  • Jon Corzine was the 54th Governor of New Jersey from 2006 to 2010 and was a United States Senator representing New Jersey from 2001-2006. Corzine was born outside Taylorville and graduated from Taylorville High School in 1965. Corzine previously served as co-CEO of Goldman Sachs.[11][12]
  • Yvonne Craig — born in Taylorville; actress who appeared in the Batman television series as Batgirl.
  • Harry B. Hershey, Illinois Supreme Court justice, lived in Taylorville; served as mayor of Taylorville.[13]
  • Johnny Orr was an American basketball player and coach born in Taylorville on June 10, 1927. He led Taylorville High School to its only state championship in high school basketball in 1944, with the Tornadoes finishing 45-0. In high school, he was a three-sport athlete.[14][15]
  • Edward Mills Purcell — born in Taylorville;[16] discovered nuclear magnetic resonance (MRI); winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics (1952)[16]
  • James B. Ricks, Illinois Supreme Court justice; served as mayor of Taylorville[17]
  • Doug Robinson, former Taylorville resident who won on Wheel of Fortune and scored Vanna White's number.


  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".  
  4. ^ "Places: Illinois". 2010 Census Gazetteer Files.  
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  8. ^
  9. ^ The case files for the case against the power plant
  10. ^ Google Books -> Illinois: Legends of Illinois High School Basketball by Taylor Bell (Page 4)
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  13. ^ Illinois Supreme Court-Harry B. Hershey
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  17. ^ Illinois Supreme Court-James B. Ricks

External links

  • Taylorville city website
  • Taylorville Schools
  • Lincoln Land Community College-Taylorville
  • Taylorville Park District
  • Taylorville Chamber of Commerce
  • Taylorville Main Street
  • Illinois: Legends of Illinois High School Basketball By Taylor Bell
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