Geographic location and regional attributes
Pike County is located in west central Illinois, bound on the east by the Illinois River and on the west by the Mississippi. The centrally located county seat, Pittsfield, is 75 miles west of Springfield and 40 miles east of Hannibal, Missouri. Due to the county’s comparatively expansive land area, there are many large tracts of farm and field.
Pittsfield is closely connected to the villages of Barry, Griggsville, and Pleasant Hill. Each is located within a 25 to 35 minute drive of Pittsfield.
Each town has its own governmental and educational infrastructure and community identity. However, they share resources (Pittsfield is the area’s primary source of health care) and many citizens have multiple leadership roles in community or business activities.
The towns of Hull, Kinderhook and New Canton in the northwestern reaches of the county are referred to as West Pike and are near the larger cities of Hannibal, Missouri and Quincy, Illinois.
Pittsfield is home to numerous small businesses and restaurants. The historic town square is surrounded by residential areas and newer commercial establishments. A comprehensive plan has been completed.
Proximity of Pittsfield to nearest large communities:
• Jacksonville, Illinois – 40 miles • Hannibal, Missouri – 40 miles
• Quincy, Illinois - 50 miles • Springfield, Illinois – 75 miles
• St. Louis, Missouri – 120 miles • Chicago, Illinois – 270 miles
Recreational & natural areas
Pike County is flanked on the west by the Mississippi River and on the east by the Illinois River. Lake Pittsfield, four miles from the Pittsfield town square, offers fishing, water recreation, picnicking, RV & primitive camping. The area is renown for its trophy whitetail deer hunting, wild turkey and other bird hunting, and beautiful scenery. Ray Norbut Fish and Wildlife Area is 15 miles from Pittsfield, and Siloam Springs State Park is 40 miles.
Pike County is served by US 54 and 36/Interstate 72, State highway 106, and State highway 100.
Three passenger airports serve the region: Quincy Regional Airport (Quincy, IL), Capital Airport (Springfield, IL), and Lambert International Airport (St. Louis, MO). Pittsfield-Penstone Airport has a 4000-foot asphalt runway. Fuel, courtesy car, and rental cars are available. The airport is equipped with AWOS (Automated Weather Observation System) and pilot's lounge.
Amtrak passenger service is available from Quincy and Springfield.