Mount Pulaski, Illinois

Mount Pulaski is a city in Logan County, Illinois, United States. The population was 1,701 at the 2000 census, and 1,577 at a 2009 estimate. It is the home of the Mount Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site. The city is named in honor of Polish Revolutionary War hero Casimir Pulaski.

Mount Pulaski
Businesses on Cooke Street downtown
Vinegar Hill
Location of Mount Pulaski in Logan County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 40°0′36″N 89°17′4″W
CountryUnited States
  Total1.13 sq mi (2.93 km2)
  Land1.13 sq mi (2.93 km2)
  Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
654 ft (199 m)
  Density1,337.46/sq mi (516.55/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
  Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
Area code(s)217
FIPS code17-51128
Wikimedia CommonsMount Pulaski, Illinois


Mount Pulaski is located near the geographic center of the state at 40°0′36″N 89°17′4″W (40.010106, -89.284560).[3]

According to the 2010 census, Mount Pulaski has a total area of 1.13 square miles (2.93 km2), all land.[4]


Historical population
Est. 20161,514[2]−3.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 1,701 people, 696 households, and 471 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,494.1 people per square mile (576.1/km²). There were 741 housing units at an average density of 650.9 per square mile (251.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.47% White, 0.06% Native American, 0.06% from other races, and 0.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.41% of the population.

There were 696 households out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.2% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the city, the population was spread out with 22.7% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 24.1% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 25.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $38,750, and the median income for a family was $46,181. Males had a median income of $37,941 versus $22,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,616. About 4.3% of families and 5.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.1% of those under age 18 and 2.2% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

  • Henry Pierson Crowe, Lieutenant colonel in the USMC (18991991); attended high school in Mount Pulaski
  • Vaughn De Leath (18941943); First female to sing live on a radio station January 1920 (New York City); was from Mt. Pulaski and her ashes are buried there.
  • Herbert Ryman (1910-1989), American artist and Disney Imagineer lived in Mt. Pulaski as a youth.[7][8]
  • John Schlitt was born in Lincoln, Illinois. Shortly after, his family moved to Mt. Pulaski where he grew up. Schlitt began singing and showing interest in music from a very young age. When he was 13 years old, he joined a band called Vinegar Hills Hometown Band Something Different. He went to Mt. Pulaski High School in his hometown graduating in 1968. It was during his high school years that he would meet future wife, Dorla Froelich.


  1. "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jun 30, 2017.
  2. "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  4. "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-27.
  5. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. "Five Star Family -- One of Them, Gold". Times-News, Mt.Pulaski, IL. July 13, 1961. Retrieved September 21, 2014.
  8. Miller, Jean Ann (September 13, 2014). "Disney connection to Mt. Pulaski". The Courier. Retrieved September 28, 2014.
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