Gorham, Illinois

Gorham, Illinois
Country United States
State Illinois
County Jackson
Coordinates 37°43′1″N 89°29′9″W / 37.71694°N 89.48583°W / 37.71694; -89.48583
Area 1.2 sq mi (3 km2)
 - land 1.2 sq mi (3 km2)
Population 256 (2000)
Density 210.2 / sq mi (81 / km2)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 62940
Area code 618
Location of Gorham within Illinois
Location of Gorham within Illinois
Wikimedia Commons: Gorham, Illinois

Gorham is a village in Jackson County, Illinois, United States. The population was 256 at the 2000 census. It is known locally for its near-annihilation during the deadly Tri-State Tornado of 1925.

On June 15, 1999, resident George Morber and his grown daughter, Carolyn Frederick, were murdered by serial killer Angel Maturino Resendiz.



Gorham is located at 37°43′1″N 89°29′9″W / 37.71694°N 89.48583°W / 37.71694; -89.48583 (37.716897, -89.485804)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2), of which, 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2) of it is land and 0.81% is water.

Gorham is located in the middle of the Mississippi River delta flood plains, which are among the most fertile farming regions in the Midwestern United States. The village is at a particularly low elevated region of the delta known as the "Bottoms". This makes it more susceptible to flooding, as it was threatened in the infamous Great Flood of 1993.

Less than one mile south of Gorham is a large hill named Fountain Bluff. Etched into cliffs on the north side of this landform are several Native American petroglyphs.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 256 people, 101 households, and 69 families residing in the village. The population density was 210.2 people per square mile (81.0/km²). There were 116 housing units at an average density of 95.2 per square mile (36.7/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.44% White and 1.56% Native American.

There were 101 households out of which 38.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.4% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.7% were non-families. 28.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.16.

In the village the population was spread out with 31.3% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 19.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 88.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.4 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $22,750, and the median income for a family was $30,000. Males had a median income of $33,333 versus $15,625 for females. The per capita income for the village was $11,739. About 19.1% of families and 26.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 38.0% of those under the age of eighteen and 15.0% of those sixty five or over.


  1. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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