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Local time  Monday 12:29 PM
Population  11,093 (2013)
Postal code  62568
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Area  26.16 km² (25.54 km² Land / 4.947 km² Water)

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


Map of Taylorville, IL, USA


Taylorville is located at 39°32′27″N 89°17′17″W (39.540768, −89.288005).

According to the 2010 census, Taylorville has a total area of 11.77 square miles (30.48 km2), of which 9.86 square miles (25.54 km2) (or 83.77%) is land and 1.91 square miles (4.95 km2) (or 16.23%) is water.


As of the census 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.


Taylorville is served by Illinois Route 29, Illinois Route 48 and Illinois Route 104. (by closest major city) Illinois Route 29 connects Taylorville to Springfield Illinois, Illinois Route 48 connects Decatur Illinois including highway access to US Highway 51 to Pana Illinois and/or Champaign Illinois via Interstate 72, and Illinois Route 104 connects Taylorville to Jacksonville Illinois.


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 in Taylorville were damaged by a F1 tornado 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. The local power company Central Illinois Public Service Company was sued and lost for contaminating the groundwater in 1994.

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.

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.
  • Yvonne Craig — born in Taylorville; actress who appeared in the Batman television series as Batgirl.
  • Jamie Harrold - born and raised in Taylorville; actor who appeared in the "Erin Brockovich" as Scott
  • Harry B. Hershey, Illinois Supreme Court justice, lived in Taylorville; served as mayor of Taylorville.
  • Johnny Orr was a 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.
  • Edward Mills Purcell — born in Taylorville; discovered nuclear magnetic resonance (MRI); winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics (1952)
  • James B. Ricks - Illinois Supreme Court justice; served as mayor of Taylorville.
  • Joyce Taylor - 1960s film and television actress who was born in Taylorville.
  • References

    Taylorville, Illinois Wikipedia