St. Elmo, Illinois

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Population in 2013: 1,417 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -2.7%
 
Males: 686  (48.5%)
Females: 731  (51.5%)
Median resident age:  38.9 years
Illinois median age:  39.6 years

Zip codes: 62458.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $32,496 (it was $30,750 in 2000)
St. Elmo:

$32,496
IL:

$55,137
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $15,905 (it was $14,048 in 2000)

St. Elmo city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $52,932 (it was $44,400 in 2000)
St. Elmo:

$52,932
IL:

$170,600
Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $58,334; Detached houses: $63,468; In 2-unit structures: $15,300; Mobile homes: $35,054

Median gross rent in 2012: $428.

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St. Elmo races chart
  • White alone - 1,397 (98.0%)
  • Hispanic - 13 (0.9%)
  • Two or more races - 12 (0.8%)
  • Black alone - 4 (0.3%)

Races in St. Elmo detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in St. Elmo: 85.4 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: German (21.5%), United States (20.4%), Irish (19.5%), English (10.2%), Dutch (3.8%), Scottish (2.2%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 06/24/1896

Elevation: 619 feet

Land area: 0.96 square miles.

Population density: 1,481 people per square mile   (low).

St. Elmo,IL real estate house value index trend

St. Elmo, Illinois map

For population 25 years and over in St. Elmo:

  • High school or higher: 81.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 7.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.1%
  • Unemployed: 9.1%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.7 minutes

For population 15 years and over in St. Elmo city:

  • Never married: 22.7%
  • Now married: 56.4%
  • Separated: 1.4%
  • Widowed: 8.9%
  • Divorced: 10.5%

9 residents are foreign born

This city:  0.6%
Illinois:  13.9%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $787 (1.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $750 (1.4%)

St. Elmo satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Decatur, IL (57.3 miles , pop. 81,860).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: St. Louis, MO (79.9 miles , pop. 348,189).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (204.2 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Brownstown, IL (2.4 miles ), Altamont, IL (2.5 miles ), St. Peter, IL (3.3 miles ), Beecher City, IL (3.4 miles ), Edgewood, IL (3.5 miles ), Mason, IL (3.6 miles ), Farina, IL (3.7 miles ), Vandalia, IL (3.7 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 6 buildings, average cost: $56,000
  • 1998: 4 buildings, average cost: $58,800
  • 1999: 2 buildings, average cost: $48,000
  • 2002: 1 building, cost: $70,000
  • 2003: 1 building, cost: $43,000
  • 2005: 5 buildings, average cost: $81,000
  • 2010: 1 building, cost: $168,000

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 39.03 N, Longitude: 88.85 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 618

St. Elmo household income distribution St. Elmo home values distribution

Crime rates in St. Elmo by Year
Type 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Murders 0000000000
per 100,000 0.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.0
Rapes 0200010000
per 100,000 0.0137.40.00.00.071.00.00.00.00.0
Robberies 0011000000
per 100,000 0.00.068.770.40.00.00.00.00.00.0
Assaults 1000174852
per 100,000 68.70.00.00.071.0497.2278.7552.5350.6140.8
Burglaries 10191010315122683
per 100,000 686.81304.9686.8703.7213.11065.3836.21795.6561.0211.3
Thefts 45384545254146612811
per 100,000 3090.72609.93090.73166.81775.62911.93205.64212.71963.5774.6
Auto thefts 3011103221
per 100,000 206.00.068.770.471.00.0209.1138.1140.370.4
Arson 0000000100
per 100,000 0.00.00.00.00.00.00.069.10.00.0
City-data.com crime rate (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 313.1) 210.2318.1205.9211.0110.2361.5269.8432.7207.382.8

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City-data.com crime rate counts serious crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

Crime rate in St. Elmo detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 2 (2 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.40
Illinois average:

2.76
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

8.5%
Illinois:

7.1%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -15 (-1.0%).
Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (20%)
  • Retail trade (16%)
  • Construction (15%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Other services, except public administration (8%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (40%)
  • Accommodation and food services (17%)
  • Manufacturing (16%)
  • Other services, except public administration (7%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (4%)
  • Construction (4%)
  • Retail trade (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (8%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (8%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (8%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (7%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (6%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Cashiers (6%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4%)

Work and jobs in St. Elmo: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in St. Elmo, Illinois

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

St. Elmo-area historical tornado activity is near Illinois state average. It is 71% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/2/1990, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 31.7 miles away from the St. Elmo city center injured 6 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 4/5/1958, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 15.4 miles away from the city center killed one person and injured 8 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

St. Elmo-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 65.5 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 53.9 miles away from St. Elmo 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 92.4 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 66.3 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 50.7 miles away from St. Elmo 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 133.9 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 Fayette County (4) is a lot smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 3
Emergencies Declared: 1

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

Hospitals and medical centers near St. Elmo:

  • FRIENDSHIP MANOR OF ST. ELMO (Nursing Home, about 1 miles away; ST ELMO, IL)
  • LUTHERAN CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; ALTAMONT, IL)
  • FAYETTE COUNTY HOSPITAL (Nursing Home, about 14 miles away; VANDALIA, IL)
  • FAYETTE COUNTY HEALTH DEPT (Home Health Center, about 14 miles away; VANDALIA, IL)
  • FAYETTE CO HEALTH DEPARTMENT HOSPICE (Hospital, about 14 miles away; VANDALIA, IL)
  • VANDALIA REHAB AND HCC (Nursing Home, about 15 miles away; VANDALIA, IL)
  • VANDALIA TERRACE (Nursing Home, about 15 miles away; VANDALIA, IL)

Airports located in St. Elmo:

Amtrak station near St. Elmo:

  • 18 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 St. Elmo:

  • Kaskaskia College (about 37 miles; Centralia, IL; Full-time enrollment: 3,867)
  • Lake Land College (about 38 miles; Mattoon, IL; FT enrollment: 7,499)
  • Eastern Illinois University (about 49 miles; Charleston, IL; FT enrollment: 9,414)
  • Millikin University (about 57 miles; Decatur, IL; FT enrollment: 2,419)
  • Richland Community College (about 60 miles; Decatur, IL; FT enrollment: 2,434)
  • McKendree University (about 60 miles; Lebanon, IL; FT enrollment: 2,564)
  • Rend Lake College (about 63 miles; Ina, IL; FT enrollment: 2,778)

User submitted facts and corrections:

  • WKRV-FM in Vandalia, 14 miles away, and WPMB-AM in Vandalia would be the strongest radio signals in the city of St. Elmo

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Notable location: Saint Elmo Fire Protection District (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in St. Elmo include: First Assembly of God Church (A), First Baptist Church (B), First Christian Church (C), First Church of God (D), First United Methodist Church (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Fayette 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 2012 was 88.0. This is about average.

City:

88.0
U.S.:

74.2

Ozone [ppb] level in 2012 was 35.1. This is about average. Closest monitor was 16.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

35.1
U.S.:

32.0
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 25.4%
(24.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.5 people
Illinois:  2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  68.1%
Whole state:  65.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  7.4%
Whole state:  6.3%

No gay or lesbian households reported
52 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities in 2010
50 people in nursing homes in 2000

St. Elmo, Illinois environmental map by EPA

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St. Elmo compared to Illinois state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly 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.
  • Institutionalized population percentage above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.

Banks with branches in St. Elmo (2011 data):

  • Fayette County Bank: at 320 North Main Street, branch established on 1894/01/01. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $25.2 mil, Deposits: $22.3 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 1 total offices, Holding Company: Fayette County Bancshares, Inc.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012

St. Elmo travel time to work - commute St. Elmo mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (88%)
  • Electricity (11%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

2000 Presidential Elections Results

2004 Presidential Elections Results

2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for St. Elmo city (based on Fayette County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 52.13%
Here: 52.1%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionLutheran ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchChristian Churches and Churches of ChristCatholic Church
Adherents37.3%15.1%14.5%9.3%7.4%
Congregations23.5%5.9%20.6%14.7%4.4%
NameEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaAssemblies of GodUnited Church of ChristFree Methodist Church of North AmericaOther
Adherents4.0%2.6%2.1%1.7%5.8%
Congregations2.9%2.9%1.5%4.4%19.1%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 7
Fayette County:

3.34 / 10,000 pop.
Illinois:

2.24 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Fayette County:

0.95 / 10,000 pop.
Illinois:

0.75 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 11
Fayette County:

5.24 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.61 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 20
Here:

9.53 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

8.5%
Illinois:

8.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Fayette County:

27.3%
Illinois:

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

11.2%
State:

14.5%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2002)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other and Unallocable 0$0 1$124
Financial Administration 2$3,795$22,7700$0
Police Protection - Officers 3$6,139$24,5560$0
Other Government Administration 0$0 8$2,137
Streets and Highways 3$5,453$21,8120$0
Sewerage 0$0 1$1,687
Water Supply 0$0 1$1,457
Totals for Government 8$15,387$23,08111$5,404

St. Elmo government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Water Utilities: $329,000 ($232.18)
    General - Other: $281,000 ($198.31)
    Regular Highways: $132,000 ($93.15)
    Police Protection: $112,000 ($79.04)
    Sewerage: $91,000 ($64.22)
    Solid Waste Management: $65,000 ($45.87)
    Financial Administration: $56,000 ($39.52)
    Parks & Recreation: $27,000 ($19.05)
    Housing & Community Development: $8,000 ($5.65)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $18,000 ($12.70)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Water Utilities: $154,000 ($108.68)
    Sewerage: $13,000 ($9.17)
    Central Staff: $4,000 ($2.82)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $238,000 ($167.96)

St. Elmo government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $137,000 ($96.68)
    Solid Waste Management: $62,000 ($43.75)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing & Community Development: $214,000 ($151.02)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $55,000 ($38.81)
    Interest Earnings: $34,000 ($23.99)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $268,000 ($189.13)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Support: $220,000 ($155.26)
    Highways: $41,000 ($28.93)
    Housing & Community Development: $35,000 ($24.70)
  • Tax - Property: $51,000 ($35.99)
    Public Utilities: $45,000 ($31.76)

St. Elmo government finances - Debt in 2002 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $340,000 ($239.94)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Other, NEC: $315,000 ($222.30)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $25,000 ($17.64)

St. Elmo government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $1,063,000 ($750.18)

4.46% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($29,608 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.46%
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 Effingham County, IL  0.73% ($30,241 average AGI)
from Marion County, IL  0.26% ($29,286)
from Bond County, IL  0.25% ($19,200)


4.95% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($31,196 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.95%
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 Effingham County, IL  0.75% ($29,583 average AGI)
to Marion County, IL  0.42% ($26,412)
to Bond County, IL  0.31% ($31,280)

Strongest AM radio stations in St. Elmo:

  • KXEN (1010 AM; 50 kW; FESTUS-ST. LOUIS, MO; Owner: BDJ RADIO ENTERPRISES, LLC)
  • 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.)
  • WCRA (1090 AM; daytime; 1 kW; EFFINGHAM, IL)
  • 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)
  • KRFT (1190 AM; 10 kW; DE SOTO, MO; Owner: ALL SPORTS RADIO, LLC)
  • WSCR (670 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WLS (890 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WLS, INC.)
  • WHAS (840 AM; 50 kW; LOUISVILLE, KY; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KTRS (550 AM; 5 kW; ST. LOUIS, MO; Owner: KTRS-AM LICENSE, L.L.C.)

Strongest FM radio stations in St. Elmo:

  • WTRH (93.3 FM; RAMSEY, IL; Owner: COUNTRYSIDE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WJLY (88.3 FM; RAMSEY, IL; Owner: COUNTRYSIDE BROADCASTING)
  • WCRC (95.7 FM; EFFINGHAM, IL; Owner: TWO PETAZ, INC.)
  • WXEF (97.9 FM; EFFINGHAM, IL; Owner: PREMIER BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WRAN (98.3 FM; TOWER HILL, IL; Owner: KASKASKIA 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.)
  • WVNL (91.7 FM; VANDALIA, IL; Owner: ILLINOIS BIBLE INSTITUTE, INC.)
  • WKRV (107.1 FM; VANDALIA, IL; Owner: MIDWEST COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY, INC.)
  • W208AN (91.3 FM; EFFINGHAM, IL; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)

TV broadcast stations around St. Elmo:

  • WUSI-TV (Channel 16; OLNEY, IL; Owner: BD. OF TRUSTEES SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY)
  • WEIL-LP (Channel 54; EFFINGHAM, IL; Owner: BELIEVER'S BROADCASTING CORP.)
National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 3
Total length: 2 meters (7ft)
Total costs: $161,000
Total average daily traffic: 4,800
Total average daily truck traffic: 381
Total future (year 2032) average daily traffic: 4,945

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

18 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers in St. Elmo)

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

2
  • St Elmo N, Lat: 39.015000 Lon: -88.848611, Type: Tank, Structure height: 40 m, Call Sign: WQKA219
    Assigned Frequencies: 3650.00 MHz
    Grant Date: 03/03/2009, Expiration Date: 01/19/2019, Certifier: Ross E Cornett
    Registrant: Hofnet Communications, Inc., 401 E Wabash Ave, Effingham, IL 62401, Phone: (217) 342-6201, Fax: (217) 347-0280, Email:
  • St Elmo SE, Lat: 39.015000 Lon: -88.848611, Type: Tank, Structure height: 40 m, Call Sign: WQKA219
    Assigned Frequencies: 3650.00 MHz
    Grant Date: 03/03/2009, Expiration Date: 01/19/2019, Certifier: Ross E Cornett
    Registrant: Hofnet Communications, Inc., 401 E Wabash Ave, Effingham, IL 62401, Phone: (217) 342-6201, Fax: (217) 347-0280, Email:

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 3

St. Elmo on our top lists:

  • #76 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Printing and related support activities"
  • #77 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Printing and related support activities"
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