Avon, Illinois

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Nickname: A-Town
Country United States
State Illinois
County Fulton
Coordinates 40°39′44″N 90°26′8″W / 40.66222°N 90.43556°W / 40.66222; -90.43556Coordinates: 40°39′44″N 90°26′8″W / 40.66222°N 90.43556°W / 40.66222; -90.43556
Area 0.45 sq mi (1 km2)
 - land 0.45 sq mi (1 km2)
 - water 0.00 sq mi (0 km2)
Density 2,065.3 / sq mi (797 / km2)
Mayor Terry Mingus
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 61415
Area code 309-465
Location of Avon within Illinois
Location of Avon within Illinois
Wikimedia Commons: Avon, Illinois

Avon is a village in Fulton County, Illinois, United States. The population was 915 at the 2000 census.[1]


Avon is located at 40°39′44″N 90°26′8″W / 40.66222°N 90.43556°W / 40.66222; -90.43556 (40.662254, -90.435485).[2]

According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 0.45 square miles (1.2 km2), all land.[3]


Ira Woods and his family settled in Avon in 1835. Avon was named Woodsville from 1837 to 1843. In 1843, the town became big enough to ask for a post office. The name was then changed to Woodstock. Then on April 4, 1852 the postmaster gave the town the name of Avon to avoid confusion. Avon was once a thriving town, due in part to the railroad industry, by serving as a method of transporting cattle to the slaughterhouses in Chicago and also as a stop between Chicago and Quincy.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 915 people, 375 households, and 260 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,065.3 people per square mile (802.9/km²). There were 403 housing units at an average density of 909.6 per square mile (353.6/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.80% White, 0.11% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.66% from other races, and 0.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.77% of the population.

There were 375 households out of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.3% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.4% were non-families. 26.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the village the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 20.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 93.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.3 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $33,417, and the median income for a family was $38,819. Males had a median income of $30,167 versus $21,429 for females. The per capita income for the village was $16,257. About 9.9% of families and 11.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.7% of those under age 18 and 10.8% of those age 65 or over.

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