- Valmeyer, Illinois
name = Valmeyer
category = Village
etymology = Valley of the Meyers
country = United States
state = Illinois
region = Monroe
region_type = County
district = 20
district_type = Precinct
lat_d = 38
lat_m = 18
lat_s = 0
lat_NS = N
long_d = 90
long_m = 18
long_s = 30
long_EW = W
coordinates_no_title = 1
area_imperial = 3.3
area_land_imperial = 3.3
population_date = 2000
population_density_imperial = 182.7
established = 1909
date = December 4
leader_type = Village president
timezone = CST
utc_offset = -6
timezone_DST = CDT
utc_offset_DST = -5
postal_code = 62295
area_code = 618
map_caption = Location of Valmeyer within Illinois
map_background = Illinois - background map.png
map_locator = Illinois2
commons = Valmeyer, Illinois
Valmeyer is a village in Monroe County,
Illinois, United States, on the Mississippi River. The population was 1200 at the 2006 census. Valmeyer's name originated from the name of a German immigrant who settled there, Val-Meyer, literally:"The valley of the Meyers". Many of his relations and descendants live in the area to this day.
In the 1940s and 1950s the Army Corp of Engineers constructed a
leveesystem to protect the village and surrounding area. This levee system put a halt to flooding for almost 50 years, even as floods occurred upstream from Valmeyer.
It was not until the
Great Flood of 1993that the levees protecting Valmeyer were overtopped, and the village was inundated. Though the village was largely destroyed, the flooding of the American Bottomfloodplain relieved pressure upstream from Valmeyer, and very likely saved downtownSt. Louis from a major flood event. This was an intentional design element in the original levee plan, using the sparsely populated agricultural areas surrounding Valmeyer as a relief valvefor the more valuable real estate in the levee districts north of Valmeyer, including St. Louis.
After the Great Flood of 1993 receded, the village was relocated to higher ground about 2 miles (3 km) away.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 608 people, 222 households, and 166 families residing in the village. The population densitywas 182.7 people per square mile (70.5/km²). There were 241 housing units at an average density of 72.4/sq mi (27.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.68% White, 0.33% African American, 0.33% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, and 0.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.82% of the population.
There were 222 households out of which 39.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.0% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.2% were non-families. 24.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.9% 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 3.29.
In the village the population was spread out with 27.8% under the age of 18, 10.0% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 13.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 87.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.9 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $53,214, and the median income for a family was $58,646. Males had a median income of $38,500 versus $26,838 for females. The
per capita incomefor the village was $20,420. None of the families and 3.0% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 10.2% of those over 64.
Valmeyer is located at coor dms|38|17|60|N|90|18|30|W|city (38.299904, -90.308334).GR|1
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 3.3 square miles (8.7 km²), of which, 3.3 square miles (8.6 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.90%) is water.Geographic Location (8-way)
Centre = Valmeyer
* [http://www.valmeyerk12.org Valmeyer Community Unit School District #3]
* [http://www.valmeyerillinois.com Village of Valmeyer Website]
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