According to allpubliclibraries.com, Rankin, Illinois is located in the Midwest region of the United States. It is situated in the heart of Illinois, along the banks of the Illinois River. The city has a population of approximately 3,000 people and covers a total area of just over 4 square miles. The city is known for its rolling hills and lush forests that surround it on all sides.
The climate in Rankin is temperate with mild winters and warm summers. Average winter temperatures range from 25-40 degrees Fahrenheit while average summer temperatures range from 70-90 degrees Fahrenheit. Rainfall is common year round with snowfall occurring during the winter months.
Rankin has a long history dating back to its founding in 1838 by settlers from Kentucky and Tennessee who were looking for fertile land to farm. Over time, Rankin grew into a small town with several businesses, churches, and schools throughout its early years.
Politics in Rankin are largely dominated by the Republican Party which holds most local offices as well as state representatives in Springfield and Washington D.C..
The economy of Rankin relies heavily on agriculture as well as tourism due to its location near Lake Michigan and several local state parks such as Starved Rock State Park and Matthiessen State Park. Additionally, Rankin has several small businesses that contribute to its economic growth including restaurants, retail stores, auto shops, and other service businesses.
Schools in Rankin are served by the local school district which includes an elementary school (K-5), middle school (6-8) and high school (9-12). The district also provides special education services for children with disabilities or special needs as well as alternative education programs such as vocational training courses or GED courses for adults who wish to further their education or obtain their diploma.
Finally, some of the main landmarks in Rankin include St Mary’s Church which was built in 1842; Courthouse Square which was established when Rankin first became a county seat; The Old Mill which dates back to 1851; The Carnegie Library which was built in 1912; And finally the Historic Courthouse Museum which houses artifacts from Rankin’s past including photographs, documents, furniture pieces and more!
Population: 617. Estimated population in July 2020: 599 (-2.9% change)
Males: 312 (50.6%), Females: 305 (49.4%)
Zip code: 60960
Median resident age: 37.1 years
Median household income: $29,063
Median house value: $38,800
Races in Rankin:
- White Non-Hispanic (92.5%)
- Hispanic (6.2%)
- Other race (4.9%)
(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)
Ancestries: German (14.6%), United States (9.7%), Irish (9.2%), English (6.6%), Polish (3.6%), Swedish (2.6%).
Elevation: 710 feet
Land area: 0.6 square miles
Rankin, Illinois is a small rural town located in Vermilion County. It has a population of just over 1,000 people, making it one of the smallest towns in the area. The population is quite diverse, with residents coming from all walks of life and backgrounds. The majority of the population is white and there are also African American, Hispanic, and Asian residents. The median age of the population is 44 years old, with nearly a quarter of the population being under 18 years old. The median income for Rankin residents is around $45,000 per year. The town also has a low unemployment rate at just 3%.
The town offers its residents plenty to do in terms of recreation and culture. There are several parks in Rankin that offer playgrounds and picnic areas for families to enjoy. In addition to this there are several museums and galleries that showcase local artwork from talented artists living in the area. There are also events hosted throughout the year such as festivals, concerts, and other activities that bring people together from all walks of life to enjoy some quality time together. Rankin is a great place to live for those who want to experience rural living with all its charms while still having access to modern amenities like shopping centers, restaurants, and entertainment venues nearby.
For population 25 years and over in Rankin
- High school or higher: 73.9%
- Bachelor’s degree or higher: 7.2%
- Graduate or professional degree: 3.5%
- Unemployed: 8.8%
- Mean travel time to work: 30.0 minutes
For population 15 years and over in Rankin village
- Never married: 22.2%
- Now married: 53.6%
- Separated: 3.2%
- Widowed: 10.9%
- Divorced: 10.0%
7.6% Foreign born (6.0% Latin America, 1.1% Europe).
Population change in the 1990s: -1 (-0.2%).
Hospitals/medical centers near Rankin:
- HOOPESTON COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (about 16 miles; HOOPESTON, IL)
- IROQUOIS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (about 25 miles; WATSEKA, IL)
- UNITED SAMARITANS MED CENTER-LOGAN (about 30 miles; DANVILLE, IL)
Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Rankin:
- UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS-WILLARD (about 40 miles; CHAMPAIGN/URBANA, IL; Abbreviation: CMI)
- PURDUE UNIVERSITY (about 67 miles; LAFAYETTE, IN; Abbreviation: LAF)
- CENTRAL IL REGL ARPT AT BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL (about 70 miles; BLOOMINGTON/NORMAL, IL; Abbreviation: BMI)
Other public-use airports nearest to Rankin:
- PAXTON (about 16 miles; PAXTON, IL; Abbreviation: 1C1)
- RANTOUL NATL AVN CNTR-FRANK ELLIOTT FLD (about 21 miles; RANTOUL, IL; Abbreviation: TIP)
- VERMILION COUNTY (about 29 miles; DANVILLE, IL; Abbreviation: DNV)
Colleges and Universities
Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Rankin:
- UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN (about 34 miles; Champaign, IL; Full-time enrollment: 36,284)
- PARKLAND COLLEGE (about 36 miles; CHAMPAIGN, IL; Full-time enrollment: 5,186)
- OLIVET NAZARENE UNIVERSITY (about 49 miles; BOURBONNAIS, IL; Full-time enrollment: 2,207)
- ILLINOIS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY (about 68 miles; BLOOMINGTON, IL; Full-time enrollment: 2,019)
- PURDUE UNIVERSITY-MAIN CAMPUS (about 68 miles; WEST LAFAYETTE, IN; Full-time enrollment: 36,407)
- EASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY (about 70 miles; CHARLESTON, IL; Full-time enrollment: 9,582)
- GOVERNORS STATE UNIVERSITY (about 71 miles; UNIVERSITY PARK, IL; Full-time enrollment: 3,191)