Cuba, Illinois

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Cuba (Centerville & Middletown)
Nickname: Cube, Cubie-town
Country United States
State Illinois
County Fulton
Coordinates 40°29′36″N 90°11′36″W / 40.49333°N 90.19333°W / 40.49333; -90.19333Coordinates: 40°29′36″N 90°11′36″W / 40.49333°N 90.19333°W / 40.49333; -90.19333
Area 0.54 sq mi (1 km2)
 - land 0.54 sq mi (1 km2)
 - water 0.00 sq mi (0 km2)
Population 1,418 (2000)
Density 2,616.7 / sq mi (1,010 / km2)
Founded 1818
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 61427
Area code 309
Location within Fulton County
Location within Illinois
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Cuba is a city in Fulton County, Illinois, United States. The population was 1,418 at the 2000 census.


Cuba, Illinois, was named after the island of Cuba.[1] Abraham Lincoln and Douglas settled a debate here under the last standing original oak trees on the south side of town. Only three remain today and they reside on private property on the end of 4th street by the old slaughter house.

Cuba used to be two different towns. Centerville was the north side of town, and Middletown was the south side. They got their names for being in the middle of Fulton county. In the early 1900s, they came together and became Cuba.

Cuba was the coal mining capital of Fulton County in the 1950s.


Cuba is located at 40°29′36″N 90°11′36″W / 40.49333°N 90.19333°W / 40.49333; -90.19333 (40.493422, -90.193307).[2]

According to the 2010 census, the city has a total area of 0.54 square miles (1.4 km2), all land.[3]


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,418 people, 552 households, and 384 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,616.7 people per square mile (1,013.9/km²). There were 594 housing units at an average density of 1,096.1 per square mile (424.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.45% White, 0.21% African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.14% from other races, and 0.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.56% of the population.

There were 552 households out of which 30.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.5% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.4% were non-families. 27.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.9% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 19.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 86.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,682, and the median income for a family was $35,952. Males had a median income of $31,522 versus $19,519 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,608. About 8.4% of families and 9.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.7% of those under age 18 and 6.9% of those age 65 or over.

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