Washington, Illinois

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Washington is a city in Tazewell County, Illinois, United States. The population was 10,841 at the 2000 census. There are currently 13,167 people living in Washington, according to a 2004 special census. Washington is part of the Peoria Metropolitan Statistical Area. From April 2000 to 2006, Washington's population grew 23.3 percent, second in the Peoria area only to Germantown Hills.[1]



Washington is located at 40°42′N 89°25′W / 40.7°N 89.417°W / 40.7; -89.417 (40.7039, -89.4206).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.5 square miles (19.4 km²), of which, 7.5 square miles (19.4 km²) of it is land and 0.13% is water.


Washington was founded in 1825 by William Holland, Sr., who came from North Carolina and was hired by the U.S. Government to provide blacksmith services to the local Native Americans. During his long and eventful life he was married three times, and was the father of twenty-one children: fourteen by his first wife and seven by his second wife. He had eighty-two grandchildren, and fifty great grandchildren. He died in Washington on November 27, 1871, at the age of ninety-one years. The city was originally known as Holland's Grove before being renamed in honor the first U.S. president George Washington.

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