Tilton is a village in Danville Township, Vermilion County, Illinois, United States. It is part of the Danville, Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population is 3300 in 2020. It is named after Charles Tilton, a friend of Abraham Lincoln, who worked for the railroads. Lincoln reputedly had Thanksgiving dinner at Tilton’s house in the village in the 1850s. Tilton is located at 40°5′48″N 87°38′31″W (40.096586, -87.642071).
According to the 2010 census, Tilton has a total area of 3.243 square miles (8.40 km2), of which 3.21 square miles (8.31 km2) (or 98.98%) is land and 0.033 square miles (0.09 km2) (or 1.02%) is water.As of the census of 2000, there were 2,976 people, 1,322 households, and 823 families residing in the village. The population density was 960.5 people per square mile (370.7/km2). There were 1,412 housing units at an average density of 455.7 per square mile (175.9/km2).
The racial makeup of the village was 98.29% White, 0.17% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.34% from other races, and 1.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.08% of the population. There were 1,322 households, out of which 23.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.4% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.7% were non-families.
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