Mason, Illinois

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Population in 2014: 343 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -13.4%
 
Males: 176  (51.4%)
Females: 167  (48.6%)
Median resident age:  37.5 years
Illinois median age:  37.9 years

Zip codes: 62443.

Estimated median household income in 2016: $38,858 (it was $40,441 in 2000)
Mason:

$38,858
IL:

$60,960

Estimated per capita income in 2016: $19,184 (it was $13,392 in 2000)

Mason town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $69,351 (it was $38,100 in 2000)
Mason:

$69,351
IL:

$186,500

Mean prices in 2016: All housing units: $61,805; Detached houses: $68,581; Mobile homes: $30,958

Median gross rent in 2016: $501.

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  • Races in Mason, IL (2010)

    Mason races chart
    • 33496.8%White alone
    • 51.4%Hispanic
    • 30.9%Two or more races
    • 20.6%American Indian alone
    • 10.3%Asian alone

Races in Mason detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Mason: 84.6 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: American (35.2%), German (22.1%), English (9.0%), Irish (4.1%), Italian (1.4%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 02/15/1865

Elevation: 594 feet

Land area: 1.14 square miles.

Population density: 302 people per square mile   (very low).

Mason, Illinois map

For population 25 years and over in Mason:

  • High school or higher: 76.2%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 2.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Unemployed: 6.1%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 27.1 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Mason town:

  • Never married: 32.1%
  • Now married: 38.4%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 10.3%
  • Divorced: 19.2%



According to our research of Illinois and other state lists there were 4 registered sex offenders living in Mason, Illinois as of December 16, 2018.
The ratio of number of residents in Mason to the number of sex offenders is 88 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $1,319 (1.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $969 (2.8%)

Mason satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Decatur, IL (64.5 miles , pop. 81,860).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: St. Louis, MO (90.0 miles , pop. 348,189).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (205.9 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Edgewood, IL (1.7 miles ), Watson, IL (2.4 miles ), Iola, IL (2.9 miles) , Altamont, IL (3.2 miles ), Farina, IL (3.4 miles ), Effingham, IL (3.5 miles ), St. Elmo, IL (3.6 miles ), St. Peter, IL (3.7 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 4 buildings, average cost: $90,300
  • 1998: 2 buildings, average cost: $101,700
  • 1999: 4 buildings, average cost: $101,700
  • 2000: 1 building, cost: $108,200
  • 2001: 3 buildings, average cost: $111,900
  • 2006: 2 buildings, average cost: $149,000

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 38.95 N, Longitude: 88.63 W

Area code: 217

Mason household income distribution Mason home values distribution
Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

4.1%
Illinois:

5.1%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: +8 (+2.1%).
Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (42%)
  • Retail trade (18%)
  • Construction (11%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (8%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (5%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (5%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Manufacturing (27%)
  • Retail trade (24%)
  • Health care and social assistance (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (12%)
  • Finance and insurance (7%)
  • Public administration (7%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (4%)
Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Production occupations (24%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (16%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (12%)
  • Material moving occupations (10%)
  • Sales and related occupations (8%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (8%)
  • Transportation occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (32%)
  • Material moving occupations (18%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (11%)
  • Sales and related occupations (9%)
  • Production occupations (9%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (7%)
  • Management occupations (5%)

Work and jobs in Mason: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Mason, Illinois

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Mason-area historical tornado activity is near Illinois state average. It is 65% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/2/1990, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 19.2 miles away from the Mason town center injured 6 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 6/2/1990, a category F4 tornado 27.8 miles away from the town center injured 2 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Mason-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Illinois state average. It is 76% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 52.9 miles away from the city center
On 6/10/1987 at 23:48:54, a magnitude 5.1 (4.9 MB, 4.4 MS, 4.6 MS, 5.1 LG) earthquake occurred 40.9 miles away from Mason center
On 6/18/2002 at 17:37:15, a magnitude 5.0 (4.3 MB, 4.6 MW, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 81.0 miles away from the city center
On 4/18/2008 at 15:14:16, a magnitude 4.8 (4.5 MB, 4.8 MW, 4.6 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 53.4 miles away from the city center
On 4/3/1974 at 23:05:02, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 LG) earthquake occurred 38.0 miles away from Mason center
On 9/26/1990 at 13:18:51, a magnitude 5.0 (4.7 MB, 4.8 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 7.7 mi) earthquake occurred 133.0 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Effingham County (4) is a lot smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 3
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 2, Storms: 2, Hurricane: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Tornado: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Mason topographic map

Birthplace of: Joe Sullivan (pitcher) - Baseball player.

Hospitals and medical centers in Mason:

  • MASON CITY AREA NURSING HOME (520 NORTH PRICE AVENUE)

Other hospitals and medical centers near Mason:

  • LUTHERAN CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 10 miles away; ALTAMONT, IL)
  • OAKVIEW (Hospital, about 12 miles away; EFFINGHAM, IL)
  • EFFINGHAM REHAB AND HEALTH CARE CTR (Nursing Home, about 13 miles away; EFFINGHAM, IL)
  • EFFINGHAM COUNTY HEALTH DEPT (Home Health Center, about 13 miles away; EFFINGHAM, IL)
  • ST ANTHONYS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Acute Care Hospitals (about 13 miles away; EFFINGHAM, IL)
  • EFFINGHAM DIALYSIS (Dialysis Facility, about 13 miles away; EFFINGHAM, IL)
  • ST ANTHONYS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (Home Health Center, about 13 miles away; EFFINGHAM, IL)

Amtrak station near Mason:

  • 13 miles: EFFINGHAM (S. BANKERS ST.) . Services: partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service, public transit connection.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Mason:

  • Lake Land College (about 36 miles; Mattoon, IL; Full-time enrollment: 7,499)
  • Kaskaskia College (about 41 miles; Centralia, IL; FT enrollment: 3,867)
  • Eastern Illinois University (about 44 miles; Charleston, IL; FT enrollment: 9,414)
  • Wabash Valley College (about 59 miles; Mount Carmel, IL; FT enrollment: 2,142)
  • Rend Lake College (about 59 miles; Ina, IL; FT enrollment: 2,778)
  • Vincennes University (about 63 miles; Vincennes, IN; FT enrollment: 9,876)
  • Millikin University (about 65 miles; Decatur, IL; FT enrollment: 2,419)

Library in Mason:

  • MASON CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT (Operating income: $146,969; Location: 820 WEST CHESTNUT STREET; 20,998 books; 359 audio materials; 1,007 video materials; 17 state licensed databases; 1 other licensed databases; 37 print serial subscriptions)

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Cemetery: Mason Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Effingham County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2013 was 67.8. This is about average.

City:

67.8
U.S.:

74.7

Ozone [ppb] level in 2013 was 31.8. This is about average. Closest monitor was 9.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

31.8
U.S.:

32.0
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2016: 6.5%
(6.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 66.7% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This town:  2.4 people
Illinois:  2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:  60.7%
Whole state:  65.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:  9.7%
Whole state:  6.3%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Mason, Illinois environmental map by EPA

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Educational Attainment (%) in 2016

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2016

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

8.8
Illinois average:

12.1

Mason travel time to work - commute Mason mode of transportation to work chart

Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Mason town (based on Effingham County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant10,61836
Catholic10,14410
Mainline Protestant2,68916
Other2873
None10,504-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 10
Effingham County:

2.93 / 10,000 pop.
Illinois:

2.24 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
This county:

0.29 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.08 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 20
Effingham County:

5.85 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.61 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 27
Here:

7.90 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.86 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

8.6%
Illinois:

8.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Effingham County:

27.9%
Illinois:

25.2%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

12.8%
State:

14.5%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

43.5%
Illinois:

48.6%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
This city:

44.0%
Illinois:

45.7%

Average BMI:
Mason:

29.8
State:

28.7

People feeling badly about themselves:
Here:

19.3%
Illinois:

21.1%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

16.9%
Illinois:

11.0%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Mason:

7.2
State:

6.8

Overweight people:
Mason:

26.5%
State:

33.2%

General health condition:
Here:

56.7%
Illinois:

55.4%

Average condition of hearing:
Mason:

84.2%
Illinois:

79.5%

More about Health and Nutrition of Mason, IL Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other Government Administration 0$0 8$637
Streets and Highways 0$0 3$1,210
Totals for Government 0$0 11$1,847

Mason government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Water Utilities: $34,000 ($99.13)
    Regular Highways: $30,000 ($87.46)
    Sewerage: $27,000 ($78.72)
    Financial Administration: $23,000 ($67.06)
    Solid Waste Management: $10,000 ($29.15)
    General - Other: $5,000 ($14.58)
    Parks & Recreation: $1,000 ($2.92)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $11,000 ($32.07)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $75,000 ($218.66)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $0 ($0.00)

Mason government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $34,000 ($99.13)
    Solid Waste Management: $12,000 ($34.99)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Water Utilities: $24,000 ($69.97)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $6,000 ($17.49)
    General Revenue, NEC: $4,000 ($11.66)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $44,000 ($128.28)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Support: $28,000 ($81.63)
    Highways: $11,000 ($32.07)
  • Tax - Property: $19,000 ($55.39)
    NEC: $4,000 ($11.66)

Mason government finances - Debt in 2002 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding - Water Utilities: $3,000 ($8.75)
  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $224,000 ($653.06)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Other, NEC: $216,000 ($629.74)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $8,000 ($23.32)
    Water Utilities: $3,000 ($8.75)

Mason government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $243,000 ($708.45)

4.32% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($40,347 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.32%
Illinois average:

4.45%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Fayette County, IL  0.42% ($29,583 average AGI)
from Shelby County, IL  0.32% ($27,717)
from Coles County, IL  0.30% ($49,907)


4.64% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($34,118 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.64%
Illinois average:

4.96%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Fayette County, IL  0.40% ($30,241 average AGI)
to Coles County, IL  0.28% ($24,125)
to Shelby County, IL  0.28% ($36,475)

Strongest AM radio stations in Mason:

  • KXEN (1010 AM; 50 kW; FESTUS-ST. LOUIS, MO; Owner: BDJ RADIO ENTERPRISES, LLC)
  • WCRA (1090 AM; daytime; 1 kW; EFFINGHAM, IL)
  • KMOX (1120 AM; 50 kW; ST. LOUIS, MO; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WILY (1210 AM; daytime; 10 kW; CENTRALIA, IL; Owner: W. RUSSELL WITHERS, JR.)
  • WSDZ (1260 AM; 20 kW; BELLEVILLE, IL)
  • WLBH (1170 AM; daytime; 5 kW; MATTOON, IL; Owner: MATTOON BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WMIX (940 AM; 5 kW; MOUNT VERNON, IL; Owner: WITHERS BROADCASTING CO OF ILLINOIS)
  • WIBC (1070 AM; 50 kW; INDIANAPOLIS, IN; Owner: EMMIS RADIO LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • WHAS (840 AM; 50 kW; LOUISVILLE, KY; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WDDD (810 AM; 10 kW; JOHNSTON CITY, IL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WSCR (670 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WLS (890 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WLS, INC.)
  • WGN (720 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WGN CONTINENTAL BROADCASTING CO.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Mason:

  • WCRC (95.7 FM; EFFINGHAM, IL; Owner: TWO PETAZ, INC.)
  • WXEF (97.9 FM; EFFINGHAM, IL; Owner: PREMIER BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WKJT (102.3 FM; TEUTOPOLIS, IL; Owner: JOHN W. KIRBY)
  • W204BG (88.7 FM; EFFINGHAM, IL; Owner: BIBLE BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WHQQ (98.9 FM; NEOGA, IL; Owner: WSHY, INC.)
  • WTRH (93.3 FM; RAMSEY, IL; Owner: COUNTRYSIDE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WJLY (88.3 FM; RAMSEY, IL; Owner: COUNTRYSIDE BROADCASTING)
  • WUSI (90.3 FM; OLNEY, IL; Owner: BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF S. ILL. UNIVER.)
  • WNOI (103.9 FM; FLORA, IL; Owner: H & R COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • W208AN (91.3 FM; EFFINGHAM, IL; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)

TV broadcast stations around Mason:

  • WUSI-TV (Channel 16; OLNEY, IL; Owner: BD. OF TRUSTEES SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY)
  • WEIL-LP (Channel 54; EFFINGHAM, IL; Owner: BELIEVER'S BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WNOI-LP (Channel 24; FLORA, IL; Owner: H & R COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)

Mason fatal accident list:

Aug 12, 2005 06:25 PM, Sr-37, Van Buren Ave, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 7, Fatalities: 1, Drunken persons involved: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 3Number of bridges
  • 24m79ftTotal length
  • 31,150Total average daily traffic
  • 14,507Total average daily truck traffic

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Mason)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

46 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

15 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers in Mason, IL)

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

15 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

18 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Mason)

FAA Registered Aircraft:

3
  • Aircraft: SWARTZBAUGH NEIL STEEN SKYBOLT (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: FORD CONVERSION (60 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 123NS , Serial Number: NS-1, Year manufactured: 1989, Airworthiness Date: 04/26/1990
    Registrant (Individual): Neil L Swartzbaugh, 801 Mallard Ln, Mason, IL 62443
  • Aircraft: SIX CHUTER SPIRIT DE (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: ROTAX 582 (65 HP) (2 Cycle)
    N-Number: 80907 , Serial Number: SPIRIT DE-2700, Year manufactured: 2003, Airworthiness Date: 01/12/2008
    Registrant (Individual): Steven J Boswell, 6436 N 1175th St, Mason, IL 62443
  • Aircraft: CESSNA 182M (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 119 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR O-470 SERIES (230 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 91621 , Serial Number: 18259846, Year manufactured: 1969, Airworthiness Date: 05/27/1969
    Registrant (Individual): Richard J Whitney, 32462 E County Road 580 North, Mason City, IL 62664

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 8
  • Good Intent Call: 1
Most common first names in Mason, IL among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William1575.1 years
John1377.3 years
Robert962.0 years
Charles876.7 years
Donald869.4 years
Mabel685.3 years
Walter680.8 years
Joseph675.5 years
Henry676.7 years
Frank679.4 years
Most common last names in Mason, IL among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Bushue1074.6 years
Heth976.4 years
Smith877.4 years
Vandyke686.0 years
Walker674.5 years
Warner670.2 years
Cameron567.0 years
Holland579.8 years
Macklin569.6 years
Sieben587.8 years

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (87%)
  • Electricity (7%)
  • Wood (3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1%)

Mason compared to Illinois state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.
There are 2 pilots and no other airmen in this city.
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