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Christopher is a city located in Franklin County, Illinois. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 2,836.
Christopher was the birthplace of the actor John Malkovitch and Match Game host Gene Rayburn. It was also the the birthplace of Mike Dunn and Tits McGee and also Chuck Norris.
Christopher is located at 37°58'20" North, 89°3'10" West (37.972099, -89.052911).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.7 km2 (1.4 mi2). 3.7 km2 (1.4 mi2) of it is land and none of it is covered by water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,836 people, 1,297 households, and 814 families residing in the city. The population density was 776.6/km2 (2,011.0/mi2). There were 1,436 housing units at an average density of 393.2/km2 (1,018.3/mi2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.62% White, 0.11% African American, 0.04% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.11% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. 0.53% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 1,297 households out of which 25.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.6% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.2% were non-families. 34.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.79.
In the city the population was spread out with 21.8% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 24.2% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 21.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 86.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $25,045, and the median income for a family was $34,342. Males had a median income of $30,222 versus $18,458 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,141. 19.8% of the population and 14.3% of families were below the poverty line. 34.4% of those under the age of 18 and 9.5% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.