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Troy is a city in Madison County, Illinois, United States. The population was 9,888 at the 2010 census.[3]

The William W. Jarvis House, a historic site in the city.
The William W. Jarvis House, a historic site in the city.
Location of Troy in Madison County, Illinois.
Location of Troy in Madison County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 38°43′45″N 89°53′30″W / 38.72917°N 89.89167°W / 38.72917; -89.89167Coordinates: 38°43′45″N 89°53′30″W / 38.72917°N 89.89167°W / 38.72917; -89.89167
CountryUnited States
 • Total5.35 sq mi (13.85 km2)
 • Land5.29 sq mi (13.70 km2)
 • Water0.06 sq mi (0.15 km2)
 • Total9,888
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,907.58/sq mi (736.57/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
Area code(s)618
FIPS code17-76199
Wikimedia CommonsTroy, Illinois

Troy is part of the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area. Its namesake in Lincoln County, Missouri is also part of this MSA, making it (along with the two O'Fallons in Illinois and Missouri) one of the few pairs of like-named municipalities to be part of the same MSA.



Troy was platted in 1819.[4]


Troy has a number local legends many having to do with the derelict railroads, bridges, and open stretches of country on its south and eastern sides. Troy holds a few of the 7 gates of hell, underpasses for roads with active rail road tracks crossing overhead, with the rest located in nearby Collinsvile.Many stories of rituals and or sacrifices occurring on or near these are popular stories. An especially notable gate (actually two gates) the so-called Twin Gates play as host to most of these stories as until very recently due to their entrances being blocked off for safety reasons.

A few characters of note include:

The Black Truck or Ghost Truck The Ghost Truck is a large truck who seemingly appears out of nowhere at midnight near the twin gates and attempts to run late night drivers off the road. Though some stories differ as to whether the truck is black red or any other number of colors, they all agree that it posses over-bar headlights.

The Shovel Man The Shovel Man is a man who waits near dangerous and sharp turns on hilly back roads. When his victims approach he sets of a crude explosive the incapacitate a tire and then titular shovel in hand attempts to smash the windshield or drivers window to get at his victims.

The Man in Yellow The Man in Yellow allegedly appears on deserted stretches of rural road only while steady rain is falling. He is said to be wearing a yellow rain suit and standing near a tree line. Once noticed, the story is that you will hear a loud tendentious like ringing in your ear followed by bouts of incapacitating sickness as long as it continues to rain. Weeks of nightmares are said to follow, with the feeling that you can see The Man in Yellow in the corner of your vision. On further raining days if seen again The Man in Yellow is said to make the person blind and deaf. Many have noted the Slender Man qualities of this character.

It is important to note these are just stories, neither evidence has been shown or claims have been made. Most likely they are the widespread stories upperclassmen have told the freshmen at the local Triad High School. A Large number of high school students and returning collage students, in successive generations, often party on or near the back roads at places like "Acid Bridge", the Twin gates (formerly), "Rockpile" or "Mighty Pile", and "The Devils House".


Troy is located at 38°43′45″N 89°53′30″W / 38.72917°N 89.89167°W / 38.72917; -89.89167 (38.729236, -89.891733).[5]

According to the 2010 census, Troy has a total area of 5.349 square miles (13.85 km2), of which 5.29 square miles (13.70 km2) (or 98.9%) is land and 0.059 square miles (0.15 km2) (or 1.1%) is water.[6]


Census Pop.
Est. 201610,093[2]2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 8,524 people, 3,100 households, and 2,356 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,037.6 people per square mile (787.4/km²). There were 3,201 housing units at an average density of 765.2 per square mile (295.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.48% White, 1.48% African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.70% Asian, 0.38% from other races, and 1.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.49% of the population.

There were 3,100 households out of which 45.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.1% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.0% were non-families. 19.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.16.

In the city, the population was spread out with 30.2% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 34.3% from 25 to 44, 19.2% from 45 to 64, and 7.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $53,720, and the median income for a family was $59,643. Males had a median income of $41,705 versus $27,542 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,174. About 2.1% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.4% of those under age 18 and 4.5% of those age 65 or over.

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  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jun 30, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Troy city, Illinois". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved January 20, 2012.
  4. ^ Norton, William T. (1913). Centennial History of Madison County, Illinois, and Its People, 1812 to 1912. The Lewis Publishing Co. p. 560.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-27.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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