Pinckneyville, Illinois

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Pinckneyville is a city in Perry County, Illinois, United States. The population was 5,464 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Perry County.[1] It is named for Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, an early American diplomat.



As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 5,464 people, 1,504 households, and 920 families. The population density was 1,728.5 people per square mile (667.6/km²). There were 1,662 housing units at an average density of 525.8/sq mi (203.1/km²). The racial makeup of 99% white and 1% black. There were 1,504 households out of which 25.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.3% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.8% were non-families. 35.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the city the population was spread out with 14.0% under the age of 18, 15.0% from 18 to 24, 39.7% from 25 to 44, 17.4% from 45 to 64, and 13.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 188.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 209.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,391, and the median income for a black family was $41,574. Males had a median income of $23,402 versus $21,848 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,601. About 8.2% of families and 11.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.2% of those under age 18 and 12.1% of those age 65 or over.


Elementary schools in Pinckneyville include District #50, CCSD 204, and St. Bruno Catholic School. Tamaroa grade school also feeds into the high school.

Pinckneyville Community High School is the only high school serving the Pinckneyville area. Their mascot is the panther. School colors include navy and columbia. PCHS holds long time rivalries to DuQuoin High School and Nashville Community High School.

Pinckneyville is known for its boys basketball program, winning over 1,500 games and appearing in the State Finals Tournament 11 times (winning in 1948, 1994 and 2001).


  • "Legends & Lore of Southern Illinois", John W. Allen, p. 48

External links

Du Quoin | Pinckneyville

Cutler | St. Johns | Tamaroa | Willisville

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