Albers, Illinois

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Albers, Illinois
Country United States
State Illinois
County Clinton
Coordinates 38°32′41″N 89°36′59″W / 38.54472°N 89.61639°W / 38.54472; -89.61639Coordinates: 38°32′41″N 89°36′59″W / 38.54472°N 89.61639°W / 38.54472; -89.61639
Area 0.85 sq mi (2 km2)
 - land 0.85 sq mi (2 km2)
 - water 0.00 sq mi (0 km2)
Population 1,190 (2010)
Density 1,400.0 / sq mi (541 / km2)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 62215
Area code 618
Location of Albers within Illinois
Location of Albers within Illinois

Albers is a village in Clinton County, Illinois, United States. The population was 1,190 at the 2010 census.[1]


Albers is located in western Clinton County at 38°32′41″N 89°36′59″W / 38.54472°N 89.61639°W / 38.54472; -89.61639 (38.544833, -89.616300).[2] Illinois Route 161 runs through the village, leading east 27 miles (43 km) to Centralia and west 6 miles (10 km) to Interstate 64, which leads 28 miles (45 km) farther west to St. Louis. I-64 eastbound can be reached 3 miles (5 km) south of Albers in the village of Damiansville.

According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 0.85 square miles (2.2 km2), all land.[3]


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 878 people, 315 households, and 225 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,211.1 people per square mile (470.8/km²). There were 322 housing units at an average density of 444.1 per square mile (172.7/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.86% White, 0.11% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.34% from other races, and 0.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.80% of the population.

There were 315 households out of which 43.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.2% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.3% were non-families. 24.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.40.

In the village the population was spread out with 30.4% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 33.8% from 25 to 44, 14.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 97.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.7 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $46,964, and the median income for a family was $57,625. Males had a median income of $36,316 versus $26,250 for females. The per capita income for the village was $19,017. About 2.7% of families and 4.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.9% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.


Albers' founding was gradual and began with trade and industries centered around the train depot, which was established by the Air Line Railroad in 1891. At that time the stop was known as Albers Station. On January 30, 1901, the first subdivision of land was filed by Edward Case, Registered Land Surveyor. The F.H. Albers subdivision was platted and filed at the Clinton County Courthouse in Carlyle.

Henry Tonnies was the main entrepreneur and catalyst for the foundation of the village, starting and operating a general goods store, a coal mine, and other businesses, as well as forming a committee for the establishment and building of a Catholic church.

By 1912, approximately 175 persons were living in the joint settlement of the Town of Tonnies and Albers Station. Business included three general stores, a hardware store, a butcher shop, a creamery, three saloons, a barber shop, a blacksmith shop, a livery stable, a lumberyard, a sawmill and an elevator.

Albers became a municipality in 1954. The first meeting of the Village Board was on August 31, 1954, with Alois Johnson serving as village president.


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