Alvin, Illinois


Alvin, Illinois

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image_caption = Alvin post office and grain elevator


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country = United States
state = Illinois
region_type = County
region = Vermilion
district_type = Township
district = South Ross
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timezone = CST
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postal_code = 61811
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map_caption = Location of Alvin within Illinois
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Alvin is a village in South Ross Township, Vermilion County, Illinois, United States. It is part of the 'Danville, Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Area'. The population was 316 at the 2000 census [ [http://www.city-data.com/city/Alvin-Illinois.html City data. 2000 census information] Retrieved on May 16, 2007] .

History

A settlement was founded in 1872 about a mile south of present-day Alvin, along the Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad railroad, and was called Gilbert in honor of the founder, Alvan Gilbert. In 1875, the new Havana, Rantoul and Eastern Railroad (which became the Illinois Central Railroad) crossed the C&EI north of Gilbert, and the town of Alvan was founded at the intersection. Tradition says that the town's name became Alvin (with an "i" instead of an "a") because the post office mis-spelled it and refused to correct the error.cite book
last = Stapp
first = Katherine
coauthors = W. I. Bowman
title = History Under Our Feet: The Story of Vermilion County, Illinois
publisher = Interstate Printers and Publishers, Inc.
year = 1968
location = Danville, Illinois
pages = p. 48
]

In 1942 a tornado struck Alvin and caused much destruction, killing six people. A marker in the town commemorates the tragic event and reads as follows:

Alvin Tornado
Monday, March 16, 1942
11:40 AM
Killed
Billy Smith - Henry O'Farrell
Ruth Viles - George Johnson
Odessa Scott - Goldie Hoover
Donated by
Mel Schriefer
2004
A.E. Hoskins

Geography

Alvin is located on County Road 3 about 2 miles north of Bismarck, Illinois. The coordinates are coor dms|40|18|34|N|87|36|25|W|city (40.309494, -87.606887)GR|1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 316 people, 106 households, and 85 families residing in the village. The population density was 397.2 people per square mile (152.5/km²). There were 115 housing units at an average density of 144.6/sq mi (55.5/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.78% White, 1.58% Native American, 0.32% Asian, and 0.32% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.63% of the population.

There were 106 households out of which 49.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.4% were married couples living together, 14.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.8% were non-families. 19.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.98 and the average family size was 3.35.

In the village the population was spread out with 34.5% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 29.7% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 8.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 92.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.9 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $36,000, and the median income for a family was $38,333. Males had a median income of $30,278 versus $18,194 for females. The per capita income for the village was $13,773. About 7.0% of families and 8.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.2% of those under age 18 and 31.6% of those age 65 or over.

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