Philo, Illinois

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Philo is a village about nine miles south of Urbana[1] in Champaign County, Illinois, United States. The population was 1,314 at the 2000 census.



Philo is located at 40°0′19″N 88°9′23″W / 40.00528°N 88.15639°W / 40.00528; -88.15639 (40.005359, -88.156483)[2]. The legend "Center of the Universe" is painted on the village water tower, along with its zipcode.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.0 km²), all of it land.

Philo was named after the founder Philo Hale. The main park, which is used for numerous functions including reserved space for family reunions, located on the north end of the village is named after the founder (Hale Park). Philo is also known as the boyhood home of American writer David Foster Wallace.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,314 people, 474 households, and 381 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,723.4 people per square mile (667.6/km²). There were 492 housing units at an average density of 645.3/sq mi (250.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 99.01% White, 0.30% African American, and 0.68% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.30% of the population.

There were 474 households out of which 41.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.5% were married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.6% were non-families. 17.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the village the population was spread out with 30.1% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 103.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.2 males.

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