Port Byron, Illinois
|Motto: "Honoring the past and Building the future"|
|Area||2.48 sq mi (6 km2)|
|- land||2.48 sq mi (6 km2)|
|- water||0.00 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Density||664.3 / sq mi (256 / km2)|
|- summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
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Port Byron is located at (41.618051, -90.332789).
According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 2.48 square miles (6.4 km2), all land.
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,676 people, 623 households, and 419 families residing in the village. The population density was 664.3 people per square mile (256.6/km²). There were 659 housing units at an average density of 285.2 per square mile (110.1/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.83% White, 0.07% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.07% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.63% of the population.
There were 623 households out of which 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.9% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.6% were non-families. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.08.
In the village the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 25.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 102.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.0 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $47,768, and the median income for a family was $59,000. Males had a median income of $44,926 versus $26,208 for females. The per capita income for the village was $24,363. About 2.1% of families and 4.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.0% of those under age 18 and 8.8% of those age 65 or over.
The event of the year in this small town is the Great River Tug Fest, held since 1987 on the second weekend in August. Following a fireworks display on Friday night, the Mississippi River is closed on Saturday afternoon. The tug-of-war is made up of 10 men teams of 20 and one woman's team of 25. After a large rope is pulled across the river to Le Claire, Iowa, a tug of war takes place. The side with the most wins gets bragging rights for the year, along with the traveling alabaster trophy. Port Byron, the 2011 champion, holds an overall record of 15-10 in the competition. The rope used for the tug is 2700 feet in length and weighs about 700 lbs. Tug Fest is the only event in the United States that allows the Mississippi River to be closed down. Illinois has won the past six years, including three years being clean sweeps by winning all 11 tugs of war. The women on the Illinois side are the only undefeated team in Tug Fest history.
For more information on the Port Byron Great River Tug Fest please visit.
Will B. Rolling
Will B. Rolling is the name of a 30' high statue of a rider perched atop his Penny-farthing. Erected on November 13th along the Great River Trail in Port Byron, the statue was a gift to the village from former mayor Lawrence Bay and his wife Carol.
On April 25, 2014 River Action awarded Will B. Rolling the 2014 Eddy Award for Art.
Art: Larry Bay, "Will B. Rolling" Sculpture. Mr. Bay and his wife, Carol, self-financed the large public sculpture as a landmark for their hometown of Port Byron. The sculpture, depicting a man riding a bicycle, was inspired by and created from the same mold as "Ben Biking," in Sparta, Wis.
Port Byron Online and Social Media
Port Byron has an independent website available designed to highlight village events and attractions and promote local businesses. You can visit this site at www.port-byron.com. The official city page can be visited at www.portbyronil.com. Port Byron is also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/portbyronil. When you "Like" the page you are able to see local events and happenings for the community.
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- "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.