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Royal Lakes is a village in Macoupin County, Illinois, United States. The population was 190 at the 2000 census. A July 1, 2008 U.S. Census Bureau estimate placed the population at 184.
Royal Lakes is located at 39°6′42″N 89°57′38″W (39.1116990, -89.9606600) in Hillyard Township in southern Macoupin County. Royal Lakes lies at the southwestern corner of two intersecting roads, Illinois Route 16 and Illinois Route 159. The nearest large cities are St. Louis, approximately 50 miles (80 km) to the southwest and Springfield, around 60 miles (97 km) northeast of the village.
According to the 2010 census, Royal Lakes has a total area of 0.516 square miles (1.34 km2), of which 0.47 square miles (1.22 km2) (or 91.09%) is land and 0.046 square miles (0.12 km2) (or 8.91%) is water.
Three small lakes – Meshach, Shad, and Shadrach – are located within the village of Royal Lakes.
The site that would eventually become Royal Lakes was purchased by a Chicago developer in 1956. The 320-acre (1.3 km2) tract was to be developed as a resort-style community.