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Anchor, Illinois

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Welcome to Anchor ...

The pronunciation of Anchor: ANK-er<1>

The village of Anchor is located in McLean County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2015, Anchor has a population of 146 people<2> (see below for details).

Anchor is 770 feet [235 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Anchor lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Note: If you travel east from Anchor (for example, toward Ambia (IN)), you will leave Central Time and cross into the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT).

The area code for Anchor: (309)

The ZIP code for Anchor: 61720<4>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Anchor had a population of 146 people. This makes Anchor the county's 21st most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 146 people, the population of Anchor decreased 16.57% from the 2000 Census (that had a count of 175 people).

Taken from the 2015 Census Estimates, Anchor had an population of 146 people (or a decrease of 16.57% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Anchor.

Communities near Anchor ...

The following is a sample of nearby communities. Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance starting from Anchor and not the distance if you drove.<5>.

Community   2015
Chatsworth   [Map]   1,151   NE   18 miles [29 km]
Chenoa   [Map]   1,763   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
Colfax   [Map]   1,046   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
Fairbury   [Map]   3,630   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
Forrest   [Map]   1,177   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
Gibson City   [Map]   3,409   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Anchor.

Communities Also Named Anchor ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 9 communities that are also named Anchor - they are located in Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and West Virginia.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Anchor.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections that should be of interest to those chasing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Anchor. We make it easy to see an overhead view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Anchor. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Anchor.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Anchor:

Websites for Anchor ...

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TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Anchor ...

Looking for more information about Anchor? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you get an overview with links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Anchor, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information and a map of those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Tourism Map for Anchor.

Search for Local Businesses ...

People are finding Google's 'Search-by-Location' to be a useful tool when planning visits to this area. We have prepared the following searches to help you find businesses, travel and vacation activities that are in (or close to) Anchor. It's likely that the search results won't include all of the businesses that are in this area, but the results should give you a good foundation for further searches.

LodgingGas StationsBanks
Bed & BreakfastTruck StopsATMs
RestaurantsAuto RepairReal Estate
 RV RepairRentals
PharmacyAuto PartsChurches
 RV PartsCemeteries
AttractionsMotorcycle Parts 
 DentistsPost Offices
Auto RentalChiropractors 
Auto LeasingVeterinarians 

Business Owners: To appear in the above search results, your business will need to be listed with the Google Places service. Please use the below link to learn about and register for the free service.

If you find an error or if your business wasn't included in the results, please contact Google to register your business or report an error. We simply link to 'Search-by-Location' and have no control over their results. Only a registered owner/operator can add their business or correct mistakes - we can not do it for you.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Illinois

About McLean County

About Illinois

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Anchor. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for McLean County:

The official website for State of Illinois:

Footnotes ...

<1>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation. While it might not be exactly right, it should be close. If we have it wrong or there's a better way to pronounce the name, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Anchor.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Anchor - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a village (such as Anchor). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Anchor or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that begins in Anchor. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Anchor) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Anchor. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Anchor

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Anchor. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.5683, Longitude: -88.5383     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Anchor have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<6>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Anchor.


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