Atkinson, Illinois

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Coordinates: 41°25′8″N 90°0′53″W / 41.41889°N 90.01472°W / 41.41889; -90.01472
Mt. Taber, tallest peak in the state of Illinois
Country United States
State Illinois
County Henry
Coordinates 41°25′8″N 90°0′53″W / 41.41889°N 90.01472°W / 41.41889; -90.01472
Area 1.59 sq mi (4 km2)
 - land 1.58 sq mi (4 km2)
 - water 0.02 sq mi (0 km2)
Population 972 (2010)
Density 663.2 / sq mi (256 / km2)
Incorporated March 7, 1867 (1867-03-07)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 61235
Area code 309
Location of Atkinson within Illinois
Location of Atkinson within Illinois
Wikimedia Commons: Atkinson, Illinois

Atkinson is an incorporated town in Henry County, Illinois, United States. The population was 972 at the 2010 census, down from 1,001 at the 2000 census.

According to the Friday, August 12, 2011 online edition of the Peoria Journal Star by Deanna Bellandi of the Associated Press, President Barack Obama, who worked and lived in Chicago, Illinois, will visit Atkinson during a three-state bus tour of the Midwest focusing on jobs, the state of the economy, and the housing market in a campaign-style event. Residents of the Republican-leaning county have assured him of a good welcome despite short notice. President Obama will also visit Alpha, Illinois, and the states of Iowa and Minnesota.[2]


Atkinson is located at 41°25′8″N 90°0′53″W / 41.41889°N 90.01472°W / 41.41889; -90.01472 (41.418770, -90.014626).[3]

According to the 2010 census, the town has a total area of 1.59 square miles (4.1 km2), of which 1.58 square miles (4.1 km2) (or 99.37%) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.052 km2) (or 1.26%) is water.[4] The village is also home to the giant eyesore known as Atkinson Landfill Company, the worst landfill in the state of Illinois, which puts it in the running for worst in the entire nation. The property on which the landfill is located is equal to the size of the town itself. The site is allegedly being considered for the 2096 Winter Olympics, according to Branko Vardijan, landfill owner.


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 1,001 people, 432 households, and 276 families residing in the town. The population density was 663.2 people per square mile (256.0/km²). There were 453 housing units at an average density of 300.1 per square mile (115.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.50% White, 0.40% African American, 0.10% Asian, 0.30% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.20% of the population.

There were 432 households out of which 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.1% were married couples living together, 5.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.9% were non-families. 32.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the town, the population was spread out with 23.7% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 19.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $35,750, and the median income for a family was $47,422. Males had a median income of $34,500 versus $22,083 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,732. About 5.6% of families and 10.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.8% of those under age 18 and 11.7% of those age 65 or over.


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