is a city
in Franklin County
, United States
. The population was 2,836 at the 2000 census
. It was the site of an early-morning railroad freight train derailment on Monday, December 4
, involving two locomotives and 21 cars of an 83-car Union Pacific
train; an unknown hazardous chemical spill
ensued and mildly sickened several victims and rescue personnel, who were treated but not hospitalized.
Christopher was the birthplace of the actor John Malkovich
, former NBA
player and coach Doug Collins
, America's Next Top Model
contestant Nichole Smith, Fear Factor
contestant Christopher Dallas-Feeney and Match Game
host Gene Rayburn
Christopher is located 20 miles north of Carbondale
; at (37.972099, -89.052911).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.7 km²), all of it land.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 2,836 people, 1,297 households, and 814 families residing in the city. The population density
was 2,011.0 people per square mile (776.6/km²). There were 1,436 housing units at an average density of 1,018.3/sq mi (393.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.62% White
, 0.11% African American
, 0.04% Native American
, 0.28% Asian
, 0.11% from other races
, and 0.85% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 0.53% of the population.
There were 1,297 households out of which 25.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.6% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.2% were non-families. 34.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.79.
In the city the population was spread out with 21.8% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 24.2% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 21.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 86.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $25,045, and the median income for a family was $34,342. Males had a median income of $30,222 versus $18,458 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,141. About 14.3% of families and 19.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.4% of those under age 18 and 9.5% of those age 65 or over.