Pleasant Plains, Illinois
|Elevation||614 ft (187 m)|
|Area||1.40 sq mi (4 km2)|
|- land||1.40 sq mi (4 km2)|
|- water||0.00 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Density||626.0 / sq mi (242 / km2)|
|- summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|Wikimedia Commons: Pleasant Plains, Illinois|
Pleasant Plains is located at (39.874221, -89.920106).
According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 1.40 square miles (3.6 km2), all land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 777 people, 297 households, and 237 families residing in the village. The population density was 626.0 people per square mile (241.9/km2). There were 317 housing units at an average density of 255.4 per square mile (98.7/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 98.84% White, 0.26% African American, 0.39% Asian, and 0.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.51% of the population.
There were 297 households out of which 42.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.7% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.2% were non-families. 19.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.4% 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 2.99.
In the village the population was spread out with 29.0% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 90.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.7 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $46,053, and the median income for a family was $51,111. Males had a median income of $38,482 versus $25,446 for females. The per capita income for the village was $18,714. About 3.5% of families and 2.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.7% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.
Pleasant Plains Historical Society
In an effort to re-connect to its historical roots, the Pleasant Plains Historical Society was created by mayor Jim Verkuilan and his friends in 2009. Its stated purpose is “To acquire, restore and maintain historical sites surrounding the community.” The Historical Society promptly took steps to purchase the Clayville, Illinois site, a goal accomplished in 2010. Clayville, a Lincoln-era stagecoach stop, had been operated by a predecessor of the University of Illinois at Springfield from the 1970s until 1992. The Pleasant Plains Historical Society's affiliate, Clayville Historic Site, now operates the stagecoach stop and 1824 tavern building.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer Files for Places – Illinois". United States Census. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Reavy, Amanda (May 7, 2009). "Pleasant Plains forms group to try to buy Clayville site". The State Journal-Register (Springfield). Retrieved June 10, 2009.
- "Clayville Historic Site". Clayville Historic Site: The Broadwell Inn. Retrieved 2013-08-24.