Crescent City, Illinois

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Crescent City
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Iroquois County's location in Illinois
Iroquois County's location in Illinois
Crescent City is located in Iroquois County, Illinois
Crescent City
Crescent City
Crescent City's location in Iroquois County
Coordinates: 40°46′12″N 87°51′32″W / 40.77000°N 87.85889°W / 40.77000; -87.85889Coordinates: 40°46′12″N 87°51′32″W / 40.77000°N 87.85889°W / 40.77000; -87.85889
Country United States
State Illinois
County Iroquois
Township Crescent, Iroquois
 • Total 0.50 sq mi (1.3 km2)
 • Land 0.50 sq mi (1.3 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 640 ft (195 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 631
 • Density 1,254.5/sq mi (483.9/km2)
ZIP code 60928
Area code(s) 815
GNIS feature ID 0406769 [1]

Crescent City is a village in Iroquois and Crescent townships, Iroquois County, Illinois, United States. The population was 631 at the 2000 census.


Crescent City is located at 40°46′14″N 87°51′28″W / 40.77056°N 87.85778°W / 40.77056; -87.85778 (40.770448, -87.857823).[2]

According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 0.50 square miles (1.3 km2), all land.[3]


Railroad accident[edit]

On June 21, 1970, the Toledo, Peoria and Western Railroad Company's Train No. 20 derailed in downtown Crescent City. A propane tank car ruptured and explosions caused fires that destroyed the city center, which included numerous houses and businesses. Fortunately, no lives were lost, although over 60 firefighters and civilians were injured.[4] The disaster would later be featured on episode #124 of the Discovery Channel show Destroyed In Seconds.


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 631 people, 259 households, and 183 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,253.7 people per square mile (487.3/km²). There were 272 housing units at an average density of 540.4 per square mile (210.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.42% White, 0.48% Native American, 0.48% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.27% of the population.

There were 259 households out of which 31.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.9% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.3% were non-families. 24.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% 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 25.4% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 20.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 97.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.4 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $38,500, and the median income for a family was $46,979. Males had a median income of $32,750 versus $23,594 for females. The per capita income for the village was $17,308.


  1. ^ "Crescent City". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2010-10-15. 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ "Places: Illinois". 2010 Census Gazetteer Files. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  4. ^,%201970.pdf
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.