Rankin, Illinois

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Rankin is a village in Butler Township, Vermilion County, Illinois, United States. It is part of the 'Danville, Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Area'. The population was 617 at the 2000 census.



This town was named after W. A. Rankin, a wealthy landowner in the area. In 1872, a dispute between him and W. H. Pells (who was on the board of directors of the Lake Erie and Western Railroad) over the location of a railroad station. Ultimately, over the course of several years, Rankin won out over Pellsville, which was located a mile and a half to the west. There were railroad maintenance shops in Rankin until 1932 when they were moved to Frankfort, Indiana, and some of the residents of Rankin followed.[2]


Rankin is located at 40°27′50″N 87°53′46″W / 40.46389°N 87.89611°W / 40.46389; -87.89611 (40.463836, -87.896055)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.5 km²), all of it land.

Current Administration

Aaron Warren is the current mayor of Rankin. Chris White serves as Chief of Police. Shane Diskin is the Fire Chief.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 617 people, 247 households, and 162 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,078.3 people per square mile (417.9/km²). There were 282 housing units at an average density of 492.8/sq mi (191.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 93.52% White, 0.16% African American, 0.49% Native American, 0.49% Asian, 4.86% from other races, and 0.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.16% of the population.

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