West City is a village in Franklin County, Illinois, adjacent to the county seat of Benton. The population was 661 at the 2010 census.
West City is located at 37°59′40″N 88°56′30″W / 37.99444°N 88.94167°W / 37.99444; -88.94167 (37.994564, -88.941639). It is bordered to the east and north by the city of Benton, the Franklin County seat. Interstate 57 passes through the center of West City, with access from Exit 71. I-57 leads north 23 miles (37 km) to Mount Vernon and south 20 miles (32 km) to Marion.
According to the 2010 census, West City has a total area of 1.627 square miles (4.21 km), of which 1.61 square miles (4.17 km) (or 98.96%) is land and 0.017 square miles (0.04 km) (or 1.04%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 716 people, 305 households, and 193 families residing in the village. The population density was 443.7 people per square mile (171.7/km²). There were 330 housing units at an average density of 204.5 per square mile (79.1/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.21% White, 0.56% African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.14% Asian, and 1.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.42% of the population.
There were 305 households out of which 25.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.9% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.7% were non-families. 31.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.92.
In the village, the population was spread out with 22.2% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 19.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.8 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $21,250, and the median income for a family was $28,155. Males had a median income of $21,000 versus $18,333 for females. The per capita income for the village was $12,328. About 18.5% of families and 22.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.9% of those under age 18 and 13.5% of those age 65 or over.