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Quincy Today

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Located in West Central Illinois, Quincy is home to Quincy University, John Wood Community College, and an outstanding public school system. Quincy offers a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural and recreation opportunities, a strong economic base and diverse employment opportunities.

Community Overview

Quincy is a home rule city with a Council/Mayor form of government. The Council is made up of 7 wards each represented by 2 council members who are elected for four-year terms and a Mayor who is elected for a four-year term.

This growing rural community operates under a sophisticated and comprehensive development plan and is a full-service city. 

Quincy continues to invest in community improvements. Recent City Council-approved bond issues for capital improvement initiatives have enabled the City to begin over one dozen projects totaling over $5.7 million, to do numerous street improvements and to secure land for extensive Greenways and Walking/Biking Trails development.

Quincy is also home to a diverse education system, including both public and parochial elementary and secondary schools, technical schools, a community college, and a private four-year university.


The western most city in Illinois, Quincy is located along the eastern bank of the Mississippi River atop 90 foot limestone bluffs which overlook a wide expanse of the river and a natural harbor.

Residents enjoy a moderate, four season climate where the sun shines nearly 68% of the time. This area of Illinois receives an average of 36.86 inches of rainfall a year, and an average of 24 inches of snowfall. The average winter temperature is 28 degrees and the average summer temperature is 79 degrees.


General Population Characteristics (Based on 2010 data)

  • Quincy encompasses 15.94 square miles of area and has a total of 180 street miles.

  • There are approximately 15,000 residential properties with 17,151 housing units in the city.

  • Quincy has a population of 40,633.

  • Median age is 37.9 years old.

  • Adams County median household income between 2007-2011 was $45,792 (est.)

  • Quincy median household income between 2007-2011 was $41,647 (est.)

Honors & Awards

  • Quincy is in the distinguished position of being recognized as one of the three cities in the State of Illinois having an outstanding collection of architecturally and historically significant structures.

  • The Quincy and Adams County area offers a high quality of life thanks to the availability of affordable housing, low crime rates, a variety of entertainment opportunities. This was confirmed when Forbes magazine ranked Quincy number 8 on its list of the Best Small Cities to Raise a Family in 2010.

  • Quincy is home to America's first Community Arts Council. The Quincy Society of Fine Arts was founded in 1947 and continues to sponsor a wide range of cultural events including fine arts festivals, opera productions, arts classes, historic preservation and theater productions. The area is also the site of ten museums and four national historic districts, including one area with 50 square blocks of well-preserved private homes.

  • Voted Top 10 Historic Small Towns in the US

  • Twice designated as an All-America City

  • Tree City, USA

Demographic Links

For additional demographic information click on these links:

2013 Land Use Plan

U.S. Census Bureau

Great River Economic Development Foundation

Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce

Quincy Historic Business District