Litchfield, Illinois

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Litchfield is a city in Montgomery County, Illinois, United States. The population was 6,815 at the 2000 census. It is located in southern Illinois, south of Springfield and on the northern edge of the Greater Saint Louis Metro-East area.



The Ariston Cafe is one of the oldest restaurants along the historic U.S. Route 66, commonly known as Old Route 66, though the cafe itself claims it could possibly be the oldest[1]. The Ariston Café was founded in 1924 in the town of Carlinville, Illinois, but was later moved to its present location. The cafe was inducted into the Route 66 Hall of Fame in 1992. Another landmark is Litchfield's Lake Lou Yaeger, located northeast of town.[2]. The SkyView theater is a member of the Route 66 hall of fame and has been in operation since 1951.[3].


Litchfield is located at 39°10′36″N 89°39′13″W / 39.17667°N 89.65361°W / 39.17667; -89.65361 (39.176741, -89.653721).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.1 square miles (13.2 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 6,815 people, 2,772 households, and 1,785 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,338.5 people per square mile (517.0/km²). There were 3,011 housing units at an average density of 591.4/sq mi (228.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.31% White, 0.37% African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.22% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.95% of the population.

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