Assumption, Illinois

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The Illinois State Bank Building located at 201 N. Chestnut St.
The Illinois State Bank Building located at 201 N. Chestnut St.
Location of Assumption in Christian County, Illinois.
Location of Assumption in Christian County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 39°31′10″N 89°2′57″W / 39.51944°N 89.04917°W / 39.51944; -89.04917Coordinates: 39°31′10″N 89°2′57″W / 39.51944°N 89.04917°W / 39.51944; -89.04917
CountryUnited States
 • Total0.88 sq mi (2.28 km2)
 • Land0.88 sq mi (2.28 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
642 ft (196 m)
 • Total1,168
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,254.55/sq mi (484.58/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
Area code(s)217
FIPS code17-02609
Wikimedia CommonsAssumption, Illinois

Assumption is a city in Christian County, Illinois, United States. The population was 1,168 at the 2010 census.


Illinois Central Railroad depot in Assumption, 1913

Assumption originally was called "Tacusah";[3] the present name is after Assumption, Canada.[3] A post office called Assumption has been in operation since 1858.[4]


According to the 2010 census, Assumption has a total area of 0.88 square miles (2.28 km2), all land.[5]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20161,104[2]−5.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 1,261 people, 551 households, and 353 families residing in the city; the population density was 1,433.1 people per square mile (553.3/km²). There were 607 housing units at an average density of 689.9 per square mile (266.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.84% White, 0.08% Asian, and 0.08% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.16% of the population.

There were 551 households out of which 28.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.4% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.8% were non-families. 33.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the town the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 19.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 82.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $34,474, and the median income for a family was $41,417. Males had a median income of $35,650 versus $17,292 for females; the per capita income for the city was $16,421. About 5.2% of families and 9.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.6% of those under age 18 and 11.7% of those age 65 or over.


Until 1992, Assumption was served by the Assumption School District #9. Since 1992, Assumption has been served by the Central A&M School District,[8] which also includes the village of Moweaqua, as well as the nearby rural areas. Central A&M Middle School (grades 6-8) and Bond Elementary School (preK-2) are located in Assumption, as well as the school district office.[9][10]

Enrollment at the middle school is approximately 170 students.

Assumption is also home to Kemmerer Village, a private Presbyterian childcare agency, named for donor Philip Kemmerer who willed 400 acres (1.6 km2) to "the orphans and friendless poor of all denominations" in 1884. Originally known as Kemmerer Orphan Home, the facility opened in 1914. In 1930, the named was changed to Kemmerer Children's Home. Eventually the name became Kemmerer Village.[11][12]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jun 30, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Illinois Central Magazine. Illinois Central Railroad Company. 1922. p. 44.
  4. ^ "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  5. ^ "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-25.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
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  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-26. Retrieved 2013-07-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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