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West is a township in Effingham County, in the Effingham metro area. [NOTE: This is not the only community in Illinois named West. For links to other places called West, IL, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of West is 38.961N. The longitude is -88.751W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 571 feet.
The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 444.
Sections below provide additional information and links about West demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Effingham 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 62443 ZIP code.
57% of West residents report German ancestry, and 6% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the West ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in West was $15,436, compared with $21,587 nationally.
12% of West residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in West, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $308. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $827.
Effingham County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our West political report.
The average commute time for West workers is 25 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
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