Gays, Illinois

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Coordinates: 39°27′32″N 88°29′47″W / 39.45889°N 88.49639°W / 39.45889; -88.49639
Gays
Village
Country United States
State Illinois
County Moultrie
Elevation 753 ft (230 m)
Coordinates 39°27′32″N 88°29′47″W / 39.45889°N 88.49639°W / 39.45889; -88.49639
Area 0.41 sq mi (1 km2)
 - land 0.41 sq mi (1 km2)
 - water 0.00 sq mi (0 km2)
Population 757 (2010)
Density 633.5 / sq mi (245 / km2)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 61928
Area code 217
Location of Gays within Illinois
Location of Gays within Illinois
Wikimedia Commons: Gays, Illinois
The Gays water tower

Gays is a village in Moultrie County, Illinois, United States. The population was 757 at the 2010 census.

Geography[edit]

Gays is located at 39°27′32″N 88°29′47″W / 39.45889°N 88.49639°W / 39.45889; -88.49639 (39.458782, -88.496367).[1]

According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 0.41 square miles (1.1 km2), all land.[2]

Attractions[edit]

The Gays historical two-story outhouse

A two-story outhouse is located in the town. It was built in 1869 for apartments that were attached to a general store. The top floor was used by the apartment dwellers while the bottom floor was used by patrons of the store. Although the store and apartments were demolished, the outhouse remained. Each level has two seats, so the outhouse could be used by four at a time. Waste from the top level dropped behind a false wall into a pit.[3] It is located at the corner of N Pine St. and Front St. 39°27′32″N 88°29′44″W / 39.45889°N 88.49553°W / 39.45889; -88.49553 (Two-story outhouse)

West of the outhouse is the former site of what was claimed to be Hitler’s bicycle. A rusty bicycle once hung on a pole with a sign that read "Hitler’s Bike (1934)."[4][5]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 259 people, 99 households, and 76 families residing in the village. The population density was 633.5 people per square mile (243.9/km²). There were 104 housing units at an average density of 254.4 per square mile (97.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.46% White and 1.54% Pacific Islander.

There were 99 households out of which 41.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.7% were married couples living together, 5.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.2% were non-families. 18.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the village the population was spread out with 27.8% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 32.4% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 10.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 112.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.8 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $42,500, and the median income for a family was $42,813. Males had a median income of $29,688 versus $21,944 for females. The per capita income for the village was $19,131. About 2.5% of families and 3.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.6% of those under the age of eighteen and none of those sixty five or over.

Climate and weather[edit]

Gays, Illinois
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Source: The Weather Channel[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer Files for Places – Illinois". United States Census. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  3. ^ http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2527 Two-Story Outhouse
  4. ^ http://www.memphisflyer.com/backissues/issue486/trvl486.htm The Memphis Flyer: Travel - June 11, 1998
  5. ^ http://www.triptrivia.com/step4.php?Submit=Submit&State=14&StartCity=10864 Gays, Illinois Tourism
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ "Monthly Averages for Gays, Illinois". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  • Pohlen, J. (2000). Oddball illinois. Chicago: Chicago Review Press.