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Community Profile


As of the census of 2020, there were 14,600 people, 6,465 households in the city. There are 8,664 housing units. The racial makeup of the city is 73.5% White, 15.3% African American, 0.4% Native American, 1.9% Asian, and 8.9% from two or more races. The average household size is 2.21.

In the City, the population consists of 76.6% ages 18-64, 20.2% ages 65 and over, and 7% under the age of 5. The median age was 38.6 years. Males represent 47.4% of the population, and women are 52.6% of the population. According to the US Census, health care services and social services employ the second most people with 1,001 estimated jobs. Accommodation and food services (restaurants) are the highest employer with 1,146 estimated jobs.


Mount Vernon hosts a 48-acre (190,000 m2) facility for Continental Tire of North America.It is also home to major distribution centers for NAPA, National Railway Equipment(NREC), ALCO and IPT (subsidiaries of NREC), and Walgreens along with many other smaller industries such as Vanex, Central Wholesale Liquors, IL-MO Welding supplies, Pepsi of Mid America, A.L. LEE Corporation, Goodman Air Conditioning, US Supply Co, Mine Supply Company, National Fabrication, IBT, Bearing Headquarters, Mt. Vernon Mold Works, Wiese Forklift Service Center, Black Forklift Service Center, Penske, Beelman Trucking, Clinton County Ready-Mix, Calison Wholesale Liquor, Praxair, Ultron Electronics, FedEx, UPS/Overnite, Springfield Electric, Mt. Vernon Electric, Roadway Express, Guaranteed Freight, Bennett Metals, Sun Container, Three-States Supply Co, Phoenix Modular Elevator Company and Petter Trucking, which are located in or within close proximity to the city’s three industrial parks. There is discussion of creating a fourth industrial park which is to be used for distribution centers in the area of the new interchange, this park would encompass 100 acres (0.40 km2) and would be eligible for Tax Increment Financing and Enterprise Zone benefits.

Top Employers

According to Mount Vernon’s 2021 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:

Top Employers
# Employer # of Employees
1 Continental Tires the Americas 3,496
2 Walgreens Distribution Center 2,138
3 Good Samaritan Hospital 1,484
4 National Railway Equipment Company 376
5 Crossroads Community Hospital 290
6 Mount Vernon City Schools, District 80 283
7 Rend Lake College 261
8 Spero Family Services 197
9 Jefferson County Government 178
10 Mount Vernon Township High School 171
11 City of Mount Vernon 139
12 Kroger 130
13 Peoples National Bank 102
14 Genuine Parts/NAPA Distribution Center 90
15 Durham Bus Service 84


Roads And Highways

  • I-57 runs north and south and is local
  • I-64 runs east and west and is local
  • IL 37 runs north and south and is local
  • IL 15 runs east and west and is local


  • The Mount Vernon Airport has a 6500-foot main runway, fixed-base operation, terminal building and storage hangars. Charter and private aviation services are provided, as well as refueling. The facility offers Shell 100 and Jet A fuels and pilot lounge with weight and exercise room, shower and snooze rooms, wireless internet in the airport terminal, complimentary refreshments, courtesy shuttle, as well as overnight hangar reservations.
  • MidAmerica Airport, a cargo airport approximately 45 miles from Mt. Vernon, located in Mascoutah, Illinois along Interstate 64.

Railroad Service

Motor Freight

Bus Service

  • Greyhound
  • South Central Mass Transit District