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Country United States
State Illinois
County Clinton
Coordinates 38°36′46″N 89°22′15″W / 38.61278°N 89.37083°W / 38.61278; -89.37083
Area 3.0 sq mi (8 km2)
 - land 3.0 sq mi (8 km2)
Density 1,137.9 /sq mi (439 /km2)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 62231
Area code 618
Location of Carlyle within Illinois
Location of Carlyle within Illinois
Wikimedia Commons: Carlyle, Illinois

Carlyle is a city in Clinton County, Illinois, United States. The population was 3,406 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Clinton County.[1]

Carlyle is located approximately 50 miles east of St. Louis, Missouri, and is home to Illinois' largest man-made lake, Carlyle Lake, and to the General Dean Suspension Bridge, a suspension bridge that is the only one of its kind in Illinois and crosses the Kaskaskia River.



Carlyle was founded in 1818 by Charles W. Slade, father of Joseph 'Jack' Slade, who named the town after after his grandmother's family.[2] Charles Slade pushed hard for Carlyle to become the state capitol of Illinois, but lost by one vote to Vandalia, IL in 1819. In 1824, Clinton County was formed, and Carlyle became the county seat in July, 1825, both at the initiative of Charles Slade.[3] Carlyle is now known for its man-made lake, the largest in all of Illinois, and this has caused it to accumulate a great deal of tourism

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Carlyle is located at 38°36′46″N 89°22′15″W / 38.61278°N 89.37083°W / 38.61278; -89.37083 (38.612642, -89.370789).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.8 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 3,406 people, 1,370 households, and 902 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,137.9 people per square mile (439.8/km²). There were 1,464 housing units at an average density of 489.1/sq mi (189.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.24% White, 3.41% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.12% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.82% of the population.

There were 1,370 households out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.7% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.1% were non-families. 30.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 21.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 88.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $36,660, and the median income for a family was $48,056. Males had a median income of $35,977 versus $22,463 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,744. About 5.4% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.8% of those under age 18 and 6.6% of those age 65 or over.

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Notable residents

Additional references

  • History of Southern Illinois, George Washington Smith, 1912.


  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ Rottenberg, Dan, Michael (2008). Death of a Gunfighter: The Quest for Jack Slade, the West's Most Elusive Legend, p.21. Simon & Fille, New York. ISBN 9781594160707.
  3. ^ Rottenberg, Dan, Michael (2008). Death of a Gunfighter: The Quest for Jack Slade, the West's Most Elusive Legend, p.23. Simon & Fille, New York. ISBN 9781594160707.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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