Quality of Life

The quality of life in Livingston County is a result of many contributing factors. These include good neighbors, quality schools, a rural character, lack of traffic congestion, abundance of open space, excellent park and recreational amenities, and modern conveniences for shopping and dining. The communities of Livingston County range in size from 100 to 11,000. Whether you are looking for a small town, or a medium sized city, Livingston County has the community for you.

We invite you to experience the small town America that is leading many people to give up the daily two-hour commute, smog, stress, breakfast and dinner in the car, and lack of family time in order to experience true community and establish a healthy balance between work and family.

Attractions: Livingston County is home to six museums and a number of other exhibits and displays. Most with free admission!

Public Parks: Livingston County offers 24 city parks and The Pontiac Recreation Center with a swimming and exercise facility.

Special Events: Livingston County is home to a number of annual events throughout the year including: The Threshermen’s Reunion, a bluegrass festival in Pontiac, The Red Carpet Corridor Festival hosted by Pontiac, Odell, and Dwight, Heritage Days in Chatsworth and Pontiac, The Illinois Basset Waddle in Dwight, and the Livingston County Fair.

Vibrant Art Community: Livingston County enjoys an active arts scene with local artists and performing arts groups. Included is the Vermillion Players which is in it’s 50th season in 2014! There are also several art museums and galleries including Fairbury Echoes, The International Walldog Mural and Sign Art Museum, and The Livingston County Art Center

Healthcare: OSF Saint James – John W. Albrecht Medical Center is located in Pontiac, Illinois, and is a state-of-the-art, 42-bed replacement health care facility, which was completed in 2002. This facility is also a member of The Mayo Clinic Care Network which provides OSF physicians the ability to quickly collaborate with Mayo specialists when they believe it will be helpful.

Pontiac has been publicized on PBS and in Wing World Magazine.