Panama, Illinois

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Coordinates: 39°1′50″N 89°31′25″W / 39.03056°N 89.52361°W / 39.03056; -89.52361
Panama, Illinois
Country United States
State Illinois
County Bond
Elevation 591 ft (180 m)
Coordinates 39°1′50″N 89°31′25″W / 39.03056°N 89.52361°W / 39.03056; -89.52361
Area 0.36 sq mi (1 km2)
 - land 0.36 sq mi (1 km2)
 - water 0.00 sq mi (0 km2)
Population 343 (2010)
Density 952.8 / sq mi (368 / km2)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 62077
Area code 217
Location of Panama within Illinois
Wikimedia Commons: Panama, Illinois

Panama is a village in Montgomery and Bond counties, Illinois, United States. The population was 343 at the 2010 census.[1]


The town was founded in the early 20th century when the Shoal Creek Coal Company of Chicago sunk a coal mine shaft there. The shaft was completed in 1906. The town attracted many European immigrants.[2]


Panama is located at 39°1′50″N 89°31′25″W / 39.03056°N 89.52361°W / 39.03056; -89.52361 (39.030451, -89.523548).[3]

According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 0.36 square miles (0.93 km2), all land.[4]

Two-thirds of the village is in Montgomery County, with the remainder in Bond County. Local law enforcement is dispatched through the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office in Hillsboro.


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 323 people, 155 households, and 84 families residing in the village. The population density was 958.3 people per square mile (366.8/km²). There were 174 housing units at an average density of 516.2 per square mile (197.6/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.83% White, 0.93% Native American, and 1.24% from two or more races.

There were 155 households out of which 20.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.6% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.2% were non-families. 41.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.08 and the average family size was 2.75.

In the village the population was spread out with 20.4% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 22.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 87.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.6 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $28,889, and the median income for a family was $38,125. Males had a median income of $29,861 versus $17,250 for females. The per capita income for the village was $21,634. About 7.5% of families and 14.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.9% of those under age 18 and 8.3% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]

  • John L. Lewis, nationally known union organizer, coal miner in Panama (1909-1915)[6]


  1. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Panama village, Illinois". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved November 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ Panama Illinois History and Genealogy Group Home Page at Historical Society of Montgomery County Illinois
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer Files for Places – Illinois". United States Census. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ Allan H. Keith, Historical Stories: About Greenville and Bond County, IL. Consulted on August 15, 2007.

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