Tilton, Illinois

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Tilton is a village in Danville Township, Vermilion County, Illinois, United States. It is part of the 'Danville, Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Area'. The population was 2,976 at the 2000 census.

It is named after Charles Tilton, a friend of Abraham Lincoln, who worked for the railroads. Lincoln reputedly had Thanksgiving dinner at Tilton's house in the village in the 1850s.



Tilton is located at 40°5′48″N 87°38′31″W / 40.09667°N 87.64194°W / 40.09667; -87.64194 (40.096586, -87.642071)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 3.1 square miles (8.1 km²), of which, 3.1 square miles (8.0 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.96%) is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,976 people, 1,322 households, and 823 families residing in the village. The population density was 960.5 people per square mile (370.7/km²). There were 1,412 housing units at an average density of 455.7/sq mi (175.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.29% White, 0.17% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.34% from other races, and 1.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.08% of the population.

There were 1,322 households out of which 23.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.4% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.7% were non-families. 32.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.83.

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