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The city of Dixon is located in Lee County<1> and is the County Seat for Lee County.

The pronunciation of Dixon: DIKS-uhn<2>

Dixon was established in 1828.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Dixon has a population of 15,090 people<3> (see below for details).

The community of Dixon is 700 feet [213 m] above sea level.<4>.

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

Telephone area codes for Dixon: (815) & (779)<5>

The ZIP code for Dixon: 61021<6>

Websites for Dixon ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Dixon had an population of 15,090 people. This is a decrease of 4.09% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 5.34% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Dixon had a population of 15,733 people (or 43.67% of the total population of Lee County). This makes Dixon the county's most populous community.

The population of Dixon represents 0.12% of the population of Illinois (which has 12,830,632 people), making it the state's 158th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 15,733 people, the population of Dixon decreased 1.3% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 15,941 people).

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

Communities Also Named Dixon ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 38 communities that are also named Dixon - they are located in California, Colorado (2), Florida, Georgia, Indiana (2), Iowa, Kansas (4), Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi (2), Missouri, Montana (2), Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina (2), Ohio (2), Oklahoma, Ontario, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Saskatchewan, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

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

Communities near Dixon ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Dixon.

  • Sterling
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the west)
  • Rock Falls
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the southwest)
  • Oregon
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the northeast)
  • Mount Morris
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the north)
  • Amboy
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Amboy have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Amboy
    • Amboy is located in Lee County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,287 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Amboy <7>
  • Polo
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the northwest)
  • Milledgeville
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the northwest)
  • Franklin Grove
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Franklin Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Franklin Grove
    • Franklin Grove is located in Lee County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 919 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Franklin Grove <7>
  • Ashton
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the east)
  • Ohio
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ohio have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ohio
    • Ohio is located in Bureau County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 475 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ohio <7>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Dixon. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Dixon.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Dixon. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Dixon.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Dixon. Our list includes 31 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Dixon.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Dixon ...

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

In addition to the Tourism page for Dixon, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Dixon.

Adding Dixon to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Dixon in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Dixon was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<9>

From that list, the Dixon post office opened in 1842.

We also found Dixon in the book titled U.S. Post Offices (Oct. 1846).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Dixon.

The official website for Dixon:

The official website for State of Illinois:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Illinois' counties, including Lee, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation for Dixon. While it might not be exactly right, hopefully it will be close. If we have it wrong or there's a better way to pronounce the name, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Dixon.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Dixon - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Area code (779) is an overlay for area code (815).
<6>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 city (such as Dixon). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Dixon or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<8>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<9>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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