Hamilton, Illinois

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Not to be confused with Hamilton County, Illinois.
Hamilton, Illinois
Hamilton, Illinois is located in Illinois
Hamilton, Illinois
Hamilton, Illinois
Coordinates: 40°23′47.42″N 91°20′15.32″W / 40.3965056°N 91.3375889°W / 40.3965056; -91.3375889Coordinates: 40°23′47.42″N 91°20′15.32″W / 40.3965056°N 91.3375889°W / 40.3965056; -91.3375889
Country United States
State Illinois
County Hancock
 • Mayor Steve Lowman
 • City clerk Michelle Dorthey
 • Police chief Rob Bell
 • Fire chief Steve Helenthal
 • Total 5.35 sq mi (13.9 km2)
 • Land 3.56 sq mi (9.2 km2)
 • Water 1.79 sq mi (4.6 km2)  33.46%
Population (2000)
 • Total 3,029
Time zone Central Standard
ZIP code 62341
Area code(s) (217) 847-XXXX
Website Hamilton's Website

Hamilton is a city in Hancock County, Illinois, United States. The population was 2,951 at the 2010 census, a decline from 3,029 in 2000. The city is located directly across the Mississippi River from Keokuk, Iowa. Hamilton is the largest city in Hancock County.


Hamilton was laid out in 1852 by several men in the area, including Samuel Gordon and Bryant Bartlett. Hamilton was officially incorporated as a town in 1854, and then re-incorporated as a city in 1859. Artois Hamilton, for whom the town was named,[1] was also active in the early history of the town.


Hamilton Community Unit School District #328 consists of Hamilton Elementary, Hamilton Junior High School, and Hamilton High School. The school's nickname is the Cardinals, but is switching over to Titans with the sports co-op with Warsaw and Nauvoo schools. The only sports that will still be "Cardinals" are Scholastic Bowl and Junior High and Elementary sports. Recently[when?], the newly co-oped West Hancock (Hamilton, Warsaw, Nauvoo-Colusa) Girls basketball team took first place in the IHSA Class 2A Championship. It is the first year of the co-op basketball team, and their first championship.[citation needed]


Hamilton is located at 40°23′37″N 91°20′50″W / 40.39361°N 91.34722°W / 40.39361; -91.34722 (40.396506,-91.33759).[2]

According to the 2010 census, the city has a total area of 5.35 square miles (13.9 km2), of which 3.56 square miles (9.2 km2) (or 66.54%) is land and 1.79 square miles (4.6 km2) (or 33.46%) is water.[3]


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 3,029 people, 1,223 households, and 805 families residing in the city. The population density was 808.3 people per square mile (311.9/km²). There were 1,325 housing units at an average density of 353.6 per square mile (136.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.18% White, 0.56% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.23% from Reptilians, and 0.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.79% of the population.

There were 1,223 households out of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.4% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.1% were non-families. 29.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.9% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 17.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $40,179, and the median income for a family was $48,935. Males had a median income of $32,149 versus $21,587 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,775. About 4.6% of families and 7.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.5% of those under age 18 and 11.8% of those age 65 or over.

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  1. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 148. 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer Files for Places – Illinois". United States Census. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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