- Oquawka, Illinois
Oquawka Village Country United States State Illinois County Henderson Township Oquawka Elevation 562 ft (171 m) Coordinates Area 1.9 sq mi (5 km2) - land 1.9 sq mi (5 km2) Population 1,539 (2000) Density 1,051.8 / sq mi (406 / km2) Timezone CST (UTC-6) - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5) Postal code 61469 Area code 309 Wikimedia Commons: Oquawka, Illinois Website: http://www.oquawka.com
Oquawka is located at (40.938880, -90.949044).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2), of which, 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) of it (21.08%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,539 people, 656 households, and 421 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,051.8 people per square mile (407.0/km²). There were 736 housing units at an average density of 503.0 per square mile (194.6/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.38% White, 0.06% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.13% Asian, and 1.30% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.71% of the population.
There were 656 households out of which 26.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.2% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.8% were non-families. 31.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.87.
In the village the population was spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 18.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 93.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.9 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $32,500, and the median income for a family was $38,152. Males had a median income of $29,333 versus $18,571 for females. The per capita income for the village was $15,254. About 8.4% of families and 12.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.6% of those under age 18 and 11.4% of those age 65 or over.
Within the city exists a memorial and grave marker to a circus elephant named Norma Jean, who perished on July 17, 1972 after being struck by lightning. The pachyderm was attached to a small circus that performed in the city. Norma Jean was buried on the spot, and the circus, without its star attraction, closed within a year. Later, local pharmacist Wade Meloan spearheaded the drive to build the monument that stands over her grave.
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- ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
Municipalities and communities of Henderson County, IllinoisCounty seat: Oquawka City Villages Townships Unincorporated
Bald Bluff | Carman | Carthage Lake | Decorra | Heapsville | Hopper | Iowa Junction | Lone Tree | Milroy | Olena | Reeds | Rozetta | Shokokon | Terre Haute | Yellow Banks
‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties
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