Paris, Illinois

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Paris is a city in Paris Township, Edgar County, Illinois, USA, 165 miles (276 km) south of Chicago, and 90 miles (150 km) west of Indianapolis. In 1900, 6,105 people lived in Paris, Illinois; in 1910, 7,664; and in 1940, 9,281. The population was 9,077 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Edgar County[2].



Paris is located at 39°36′47″N 87°41′38″W / 39.61306°N 87.69389°W / 39.61306; -87.69389 (39.613014, -87.693829)[3].

U.S. Route 150 and Illinois State Route 1 pass through Paris. One railroad passes through town, a CSX Transportation line that goes north toward Danville and southeast toward Terre Haute, Indiana.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.2 square miles (13.5 km²), of which, 4.8 square miles (12.5 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²) of it (7.68%) is water.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 9,077 people, 3,874 households, and 2,382 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,885.3 people per square mile (728.6/km²). There were 4,211 housing units at an average density of 874.6/sq mi (338.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.31% White, 0.51% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.25% from other races, and 0.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.84% of the population.

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