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Prairie is a township in Shelby County.[NOTE: This is not the only community in Illinois named Prairie. For links to other places called Prairie, IL, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Prairie is 39.282N. The longitude is -88.638W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 640 feet.
The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 1,267.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Prairie demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Shelby County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 62463 ZIP code.
46% of Prairie residents report German ancestry, and 9% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Prairie ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Prairie was $16,142, compared with $21,587 nationally.
11% of Prairie residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Prairie, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $296. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $683.
Shelby County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Prairie political report.
The average commute time for Prairie workers is 24 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
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