- Payson, Illinois
name = Payson
category = Village
country = United States
state = Illinois
region = Adams
region_type = County
district = Payson
district_type = Township
lat_d = 39
lat_m = 49
lat_s = 1
lat_NS = N
long_d = 91
long_m = 14
long_s = 33
long_EW = W
area_imperial = 1.1
area_land_imperial = 1.1
population = 1066
population_date = 2000
population_density_imperial = 929.4
leader_type = Village president
timezone = CST
utc_offset = -6
timezone_DST = CDT
utc_offset_DST = -5
postal_code = 62360
area_code = XXX
map_caption = Location of Payson within Illinois
map_locator = Illinois
commons = Payson, Illinois
During the 1860 Presidential campaign, the residents of Payson erected a pole on which they hung banners supporting the Democratic candidate,
Stephen Douglas, and an effigy of Abraham Lincolnriding a rail. This resulted in two confrontations with the Quincy Wide Awakes, the Republican para-military organization, on August 25-26, 1860. During the second confrontation, shots were fired at the Wide Awakes, resulting in injuries. This action was related to the "Stone's Prairie Riot" at nearby Plainville [Iris A. Nelson and Walter S. Waggoner, "The Stone's Prairie Riot of 1860", Journal of Illinois History, Vol. 5, p. 19 (Spring 2002)] .
Payson is located at coor dms|39|49|1|N|91|14|33|W|city (39.816818, -91.242594)GR|1.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.1 square miles (3.0 km²), all of it land.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 1,066 people, 389 households, and 289 families residing in the village. The population densitywas 929.4 people per square mile (357.9/km²). There were 409 housing units at an average density of 356.6/sq mi (137.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.78% White, 0.09% African American, 0.09% Pacific Islander, and 1.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.56% of the population.
There were 389 households out of which 39.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.2% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.7% were non-families. 22.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.24.
In the village the population was spread out with 29.9% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 31.1% from 25 to 44, 18.9% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 96.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.1 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $37,321, and the median income for a family was $40,789. Males had a median income of $30,880 versus $20,231 for females. The
per capita incomefor the village was $14,541. About 7.1% of families and 9.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.6% of those under age 18 and 12.2% of those age 65 or over.
Registered Historic Places
Fall Creek Stone Arch Bridge
* [http://history.rays-place.com/il/adams-payson.htm Early history of Payson, Illinois]
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