- Savanna, Illinois
name = Savanna
category = Village
image_caption = The
Pulford Opera Housein downtown Savanna.
country = United States
state = Illinois
region_type = County
region = Carroll
district_type = Township
district = Savanna
motto = Sportsman's Paradise
elevation_imperial = 600
elevation_imperial_note = cite web|url=Gnis3|418038|title=USGS detail on Newtown|accessdate=2007-10-21]
lat_d = 42
lat_m = 5
lat_s = 24
lat_NS = N
long_d = 90
long_m = 8
long_s = 24
long_EW = W
area_imperial = 2.7
area_land_imperial = 2.6
area_water_imperial = 0.1
population = 3542
population_date = 2000
population_density_imperial = 1357.7
leader_type = Mayor
leader = William Lease
timezone = CST
utc_offset = -6
timezone_DST = CDT
utc_offset_DST = -5
postal_code = 61074
area_code = 815
map_caption = Location of Savanna within Illinois
map_locator = Illinois
commons = Savanna, Illinois
website = http://www.savannaillinois.com
Savanna is a city in Carroll County,
Illinois, United States. The population was 3,542 at the 2000 census. As of 2005 census estimates, the population had decreased to 3,288. [http://www.citytowninfo.com/places/illinois/savanna]
Savanna is located along the
Mississippi Riverat the mouth of the Plum River. Going from north to south, the second automobile bridge between Iowaand Illinoisis located just north of Savanna, and is part of the U.S. Highway 52route. The bridge leads to Sabula, Iowa, which is across the river from Savanna. U.S. Highway 52goes through Savanna.
Savanna has produced several notable natives. These include "America's Waltz King"
Wayne King, professional wrestler Tommy Treichel, guitarist Billy Zoom(Tyson Kindell), and former NASAastronaut Dale Gardner.
avanna Army Depot
In 1917, the
United States Armypurchased convert|13062|acre|km2|0 of land about seven miles (11 km) north of Savanna to construct the Savanna Army Depot. Originally the land was to be used as a test range for munitions produced at the Rock Island, IllinoisArsenal. In 1921, the mission of the installation was changed to be a depot.
By 1995, the Savanna Army Depot was identified by Congress as one of the bases that would be closed under the Base Realignment and Closure Act. On
March 18, 2000, the Savanna Army Depot was closed.
Some of the land is being redeveloped. One of the most controversial redevelopment projects was the building of a medium security prison on the depot land. Instead, the
Thomson Correctional Centerwas constructed several miles south of Savanna, just outside of the town of Thomson, IL.Which to this day remains empty but may be opened soon.
Savanna is located at coor dms|42|5|24|N|90|8|24|W|city (42.090069, -90.140050)GR|1.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.7 square miles (7.0 km²), of which, 2.6 square miles (6.8 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (3.33%) is water.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 3,542 people, 1,558 households, and 886 families residing in the city. The population densitywas 1,357.7 people per square mile (524.0/km²). There were 1,790 housing units at an average density of 686.1/sq mi (264.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.10% White, 1.52% African American,
0.34% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 2.57% from other races, and 1.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.25% of the population.
There were 1,558 households out of which 25.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.3% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.1% were non-families. 38.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.94.
In the city the population was spread out with 23.7% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 24.6% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 22.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 89.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $27,180, and the median income for a family was $38,255. Males had a median income of $28,125 versus $20,954 for females. The
per capita incomefor the city was $15,150. About 14.2% of families and 16.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.0% of those under age 18 and 6.8% of those age 65 or over.
Savanna is experiencing an influx of "weekenders" from
Chicago& St. Louis, drawn to the area by its small town charm and affordable housing stock. Many homes have been purchased recently & restored as second homes for those seeking a quiet weekend home away from the city.Fact|september 20, 2007|date=September 2007
An annual garden walk takes place in July showcasing some of the area's finest
gardens, which benefit from the areas fertile Mississippi River soil.
The downtown area has revived some since the mid-1990s closing of the Army Depot with the addition of new ornamental lighting to complement the late 1800s buildings. The city is trying to lure more shops to the main street in hopes of becoming more of a weekend destination, like nearby Galena.
Savanna is known as "The Metropolis" of Carrol County because it contains the county's only stop light.
* [http://www.savanna-il.com Savanna Chamber of Commerce]
* [http://www.savannaillinois.com City of Savanna]
* [http://www.landofozdolls.com/walkinthegarden.htm Savanna Garden Walk]
* [http://www.gocarrollcounty.com/ Carroll County]
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