Chillicothe’s Census 2010 numbers are not dramatic, but they do reflect a small increase in population.



In 2000, the city was just shy of 6,000 residents by four people. Fast forward 10 years later, the city added 101 people for a total of 6,097 residents.


Chillicothe’s Census 2010 numbers are not dramatic, but they do reflect a small increase in population.

In 2000, the city was just shy of 6,000 residents by four people. Fast forward 10 years later, the city added 101 people for a total of 6,097 residents.

“You’d like to have it go up more. It’s not that much of an increase, but it’s better than a decrease,” said Mayor Troy Childers Sr.
He credited the increase in part to former Mayor Don White’s term when Sycamore Trail subdivision was beginning, and later RiverSound subdivision.

Though Chillicothe’s population is officially over the 6,000 mark, it is not the highest the city has had, Childers said. The longtime aldermen and two-term mayor said he thought the city’s population may have been the highest in the 1960s or 1970s before railroad and gravel pit operations changed.

This time last year, city officials were encouraging residents to fill out their census forms, which equals dollars to the city.
Each resident is worth about $100 per person each month in funds the city receives from the state, such as Motor Fuel tax funds and income taxes.

The city now can receive about $10,100 more each month than in the last decade.

As far as who is living in the city limits, all ethnic categories gained at least two people. Hispanics or Latinos gained almost 20 percent, from 210 residents in 1990 to 251 in 2010. More Asian residents also came to Chillicothe, from 10 in 2000 to 17 in 2010 – a 70 percent increase. White residents still dominate the city, making up 97 percent of the population.

Also of note are housing units/households within city limits. In 2000, there were 2,544 housing units with 2,429 occupied, making a 4.5 percent vacancy rate.

Just 10 years later, the total housing units/households increased to 2,719, with 2,551 of them occupied, just a few more than the total housing units in 2000. Vacancy now is at 6 percent.

Population in local areas include Chillicothe Township, 8,364, which increased from 2000’s numbers of 8,233. Hallock Township also increased to 1,600 from 1,532.

Medina Township nearly doubled its population from 6,388 in 2000 to 12,564 in 2010. The township includes not only part of the Illinois Valley Central 321 school district including Mossville but also part of Dunlap District 323.