Highland, IL


Highland is a city located in Madison County, Illinois. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 8,438.


Highland is located at 38°44'38" North, 89°40'38" West (38.743963, -89.677194).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.6 km2 (6.4 mi2). 14.0 km2 (5.4 mi2) of it is land and 2.6 km2 (1.0 mi2) of it is water. The total area is 15.89% water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 8,438 people, 3,442 households, and 2,230 families residing in the city. The population density was 602.2/km2 (1,561.1/mi2). There were 3,610 housing units at an average density of 257.6/km2 (667.9/mi2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.60% White, 0.08% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.49% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 0.45% from two or more races. 1.32% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,442 households out of which 32.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.2% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.5% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 18.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 87.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $39,524, and the median income for a family was $52,240. Males had a median income of $36,536 versus $25,620 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,101. 6.8% of the population and 3.6% of families were below the poverty line. 6.9% of those under the age of 18 and 8.3% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

Recent Mentions in Popular Media

Highland, IL, was mentioned on the Illinoise album by Sufjan Stevens, where Stevens mentioned a 21st century UFO sighting by the owner of the local mini-golf course.

Highland, IL, was also mentioned on The Daily Show on 9 Feb 2006. A report mentioned local pharmacist and state legislator Ron Stephens, who protested an executive order by Illinois Governor Rod R. Blagojevich requiring a pharmacist to fill emergency contraception prescriptions.