Makanda, Illinois

Coordinates: 37°37′5″N 89°13′46″W / 37.61806°N 89.22944°W / 37.61806; -89.22944
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Makanda, Illinois
A railroad crossing in Makanda
A railroad crossing in Makanda
Location of Makanda in Jackson County, Illinois.
Location of Makanda in Jackson County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 37°37′5″N 89°13′46″W / 37.61806°N 89.22944°W / 37.61806; -89.22944
CountryUnited States
 • Total5.33 sq mi (13.81 km2)
 • Land5.28 sq mi (13.68 km2)
 • Water0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)
Elevation676 ft (206 m)
 • Total547
 • Density103.58/sq mi (39.99/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
Area code618
FIPS code17-46214
GNIS feature ID2399228[2]
Wikimedia CommonsMakanda, Illinois

Makanda is a village in Jackson County, Illinois, United States. As of the 2020 United States Census, the population was 547, down from 561 in 2010. In the early 20th Century it used the slogan "Star of Egypt."[3]

Makanda is part of the Carbondale, IL Micropolitan Statistical Area.


The village was named after Makanda, a local Native American chieftain.[4]

After Lincoln’s inauguration, Theodore and Al Thompson flew the Union flag from a tree atop a hill between Makanda and Cobden in defiance of the Knights of the Golden Circle, a secessionist group that operated throughout the Midwest.[5][6][7]

In 2019, citizens of Makanda rallied against the Illinois Central Railroad Company after an announcement of a tower set to be built in the downtown area and a registered flood plain.[8]

After former U.S. Senator Paul Simon died in 2003, Makanda added a "bow tie" to the smiley face water tower to honor Simon.[9]


Makanda is located at 37°37′5″N 89°13′46″W / 37.61806°N 89.22944°W / 37.61806; -89.22944 (37.618190, -89.229545).[10]

According to the 2010 census, Makanda has a total area of 5.341 square miles (13.83 km2), of which 5.29 square miles (13.70 km2) (or 99.05%) is land and 0.051 square miles (0.13 km2) (or 0.95%) is water.[11]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[12]

As of the 2010 census, there were 561 people, 230 households, and 160 families residing in the village. The population density was 129.6 inhabitants per square mile (50.0/km2). There were 262 housing units at an average density of 60.5 per square mile (23.4/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 87.5% White, 3.6% African American, 6.6% Asian, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.7% of the population.

Of the 230 households in the village, 28.7% had children under the age of 18. Of the 160 family households, 54.8% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present. 23.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 23.0% under the age of 20, 14.3% from 20 to 34, 20.9% from 35 to 49, 29.9% from 50 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44.4 years. For every 100 females, there were 113.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 109.4 males.[13]

2005-2009 American Community Survey data indicates the median income for a household in the village was $54,107, and the median income for a family was $72,222. Male full-time workers had a median income of $36,875 versus $43,594 for female full-time workers. The per capita income for the village was $31,898. 5.8% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.8% of those under age 18.[14]

Arts and culture[edit]

  • Makanda Spring Fest, an annual two-day event featuring local artists and live music.[15]
  • Makanda Vulture Fest, an annual two-day event held during the third weekend in October that celebrates the migration of the black vulture and turkey vulture to the region.[15]
  • Total solar eclipses: The center lines of the paths of the solar eclipse of August 21, 2017 and the solar eclipse of April 8, 2024 will cross over Makanda. Tens of thousands of spectators were expected to flock to Makanda and surroundings to witness the 2017 eclipse.[16]
  • Historic Boardwalk located downtown is home to local artisan retail shops

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 15, 2022.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Makanda, Illinois
  3. ^ Feb. 24, 1921. "Slogans of the Various Illinois Cities." Woodland Daily Democrat (Woodland, Calif.). 2.
  4. ^ Illinois Central Magazine. Illinois Central Railroad Company. 1922. p. 42.
  5. ^ "Theodore Wilson Thompson: Southern Illinois Pioneer". p. 36.
  6. ^ "Illinois Civil War graffiti site added to historic register". 2016.
  7. ^ "Knights of the Golden Circle".
  8. ^ "New communication tower coming to Makanda; residents voice concern about safety". 2019.
  9. ^ SOUTHERN, JOE SZYNKOWSKI THE. "Makanda Water Tower". The Southern. Retrieved April 4, 2022.
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  11. ^ "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
  12. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  13. ^ "U.S. Census website". Retrieved August 8, 2011.
  14. ^ "American FactFinder 2000". Archived from the original on February 10, 2020. Retrieved August 8, 2011.
  15. ^ a b "Events of Makanda, Illinois". Retrieved August 8, 2011.
  16. ^ "Upcoming Solar Eclipses and Makanda". Village of Makanda, Illinois. 2015. Retrieved March 24, 2017.

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