Nora, Illinois

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Country United States
State Illinois
County Jo Daviess
Township Nora
Elevation 1,014 ft (309 m)
Coordinates 42°27′22″N 89°56′42″W / 42.45611°N 89.94500°W / 42.45611; -89.94500Coordinates: 42°27′22″N 89°56′42″W / 42.45611°N 89.94500°W / 42.45611; -89.94500
Area 0.91 sq mi (2 km2)
 - land 0.91 sq mi (2 km2)
 - water 0.00 sq mi (0 km2)
Population 121 (2010)
Density 130.2 / sq mi (50 / km2)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 61059
Area code 815
Location of Nora within Illinois
Wikimedia Commons: Nora, Illinois

Nora is a village in Jo Daviess County, Illinois, United States. The population was 121 at the 2010 census, up from 118 at the 2000 census.


Nora was named by a railroad official for a female settler.[1]


Nora is located at 42°27′22″N 89°56′42″W / 42.45611°N 89.94500°W / 42.45611; -89.94500 (42.456072, -89.945113).[2]

According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 0.91 square miles (2.4 km2), all land.[3]


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 118 people, 53 households, and 31 families residing in the village. The population density was 130.2 people per square mile (50.1/km²). There were 61 housing units at an average density of 67.3 per square mile (25.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 100.00% White.

There were 53 households out of which 20.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.9% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.5% were non-families. 39.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 24.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the village the population was spread out with 18.6% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 21.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 84.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.3 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $28,125, and the median income for a family was $50,208. Males had a median income of $26,000 versus $23,750 for females. The per capita income for the village was $17,608. There were 14.3% of families and 11.0% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and none of those over 64.

Nora Elementary School (mascot Navahos) was a fixture of the town for years. In the early 1980s consolidation led to the school's closure and it was converted to apartments. Until the 1960s the town had a grocery store run by Belle Lutter, who claimed to have ridden Ulysses S. Grant's horse as a girl.


  1. ^ Chicago and North Western Railway Company (1908). A History of the Origin of the Place Names Connected with the Chicago & North Western and Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railways. p. 107. 
  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 2012-10-13. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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