Ladd, Illinois

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Coordinates: 41°22′53″N 89°12′58″W / 41.38139°N 89.21611°W / 41.38139; -89.21611
Ladd, Illinois
Country United States
State Illinois
County Bureau
Township Hall
Coordinates 41°22′53″N 89°12′58″W / 41.38139°N 89.21611°W / 41.38139; -89.21611
Area 1.18 sq mi (3 km2)
 - land 1.18 sq mi (3 km2)
 - water 0.00 sq mi (0 km2)
Population 1,295 (2010)
Density 1,097.5 / sq mi (424 / km2)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 61329
Area code 815
Location of Ladd within Illinois
Wikimedia Commons: Category:Ladd, Illinois

Ladd is a village in Bureau County, Illinois, United States. The population was 1,295 at the 2010 census.[1] It is part of the OttawaStreator Micropolitan Statistical Area. Ladd is most notable for the large hill in the middle of town that resulted from the years of mining conducted in the town, and for a World War II tank located in the center of its park.


Ladd was incorporated on June 7, 1890, and was founded by George D. Ladd, a resident of Peru, Illinois. Ladd was originally named Laddville, and in its heyday was like most of the towns in the area, a coal mining town. Most of the buildings that were constructed during the first thirty years are still there and in use, such as the fire station, city hall, and a bunch of local businesses. If you were to travel down Main Street you will see most of the buildings still standing and looking the same on the outside, but the insides have been updated to a modern look and technology. In 2015 the village will celebrate its 125 year anniversary. The local grade school was replaced in the summer of 2009; prior to that the grade school occupied the building that originally housed Hall High School until the new school was constructed in 1911 in Spring Valley, at which time the old high school became the new Ladd C.C. School which had previously been a little three-room building behind the high school.[2]


There were no chain stores in Ladd until 1998, when Casey's General Store moved in. The rest of the businesses in town were little mom and pop family owned businesses. People still go to Ladd to eat at one of the four restaurants in town. Each have their own special atmosphere: Lanuti's is known for its turtle and fish, Rip's for its chicken, Softtails Bar and Grill serves different foods and has a special every day, and Joe's Pizzeria is known for its pizza and has been in Ladd for about 60 years, originally owned and run by Joseph Alfano, and now owned and operated by his son Peter Alfano.

Ladd is the center of the local music scene with the Cancun in Ladd hosting shows at least once a month. Lanuti's Tavern and Rip's Tavern are area-wide favorites famous for their fried chicken.[citation needed]


Ladd is located at 41°22′53″N 89°12′58″W / 41.38139°N 89.21611°W / 41.38139; -89.21611 (41.381264, -89.216056),[3] one mile north of Interstate 80 on Illinois Route 89. It is located between the village of Cherry to the north and the city of Spring Valley to the south.

According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 1.18 square miles (3.1 km2), all land.[4]


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 1,313 people, 559 households, and 375 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,100.2 people per square mile (426.0/km²). There were 584 housing units at an average density of 489.4 per square mile (189.5/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.41% White, 0.08% African American, 0.08% Asian, 1.83% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.66% of the population.

There were 559 households out of which 27.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.8% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.9% were non-families. 29.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the village the population was spread out with 23.0% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 20.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.6 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $41,029, and the median income for a family was $49,783. Males had a median income of $38,125 versus $23,750 for females. The per capita income for the village was $21,696. About 3.2% of families and 4.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.4% of those under age 18 and 7.2% of those age 65 or over.


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