Ridgway, Illinois

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Country United States
State Illinois
County Gallatin
Coordinates 37°47′53″N 88°15′38″W / 37.79806°N 88.26056°W / 37.79806; -88.26056Coordinates: 37°47′53″N 88°15′38″W / 37.79806°N 88.26056°W / 37.79806; -88.26056
Area 0.91 sq mi (2 km2)
 - land 0.91 sq mi (2 km2)
 - water 0.00 sq mi (0 km2)
Population 928 (2000)
Density 1,030.6 / sq mi (398 / km2)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 62979
Area code 618
Location of Ridgway within Illinois
Location of Ridgway within Illinois
Wikimedia Commons: Ridgway, Illinois

Ridgway is a village in Gallatin County, Illinois, United States. As of the 2000 census,[dated info] the population was 928.


Ridgway is located in Southern Illinois at 37°47′53″N 88°15′38″W / 37.79806°N 88.26056°W / 37.79806; -88.26056 (37.798036, -88.260571),[1] north of Shawnee National Forest. According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 0.91 square miles (2.4 km2), all land.[2]


During its Illinoian stage (300,000—130,000 years ago), Ridgway was covered by the Laurentide ice sheet.

Ridgway, once home to a popcorn plant, is the former self-proclaimed "Popcorn Capital of the World". The first popcorn day was held on April 12, 1958, hosted by the local popcorn company. Popcorn Day continues as part of the Gallatin County Fair and is held the second Saturday in September, with big kettles that are started heating at dawn to make popcorn all day.[citation needed]

February 2012 tornadoes killed seven in the nearby Harrisburg area and destroyed St. Joseph's Catholic Church. [3][4] The church is being rebuilt under the name St Kateri and is currently under construction.


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 928 people, 441 households, and 271 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,030.6 people per square mile (398.1/km²). There were 490 housing units at an average density of 544.2 per square mile (210.2/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 99.35% White, 0.32% Native American, 0.22% African American, and 0.11% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.54% of the population.

There were 441 households out of which 21.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.9% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.5% were non-families. 35.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.10 and the average family size was 2.72.

In the village the population was spread out with 18.0% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 23.7% from 25 to 44, 27.2% from 45 to 64, and 23.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 89.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.4 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $27,670, and the median income for a family was $36,786. Males had a median income of $31,944 versus $19,500 for females. The per capita income for the village was $16,959. About 12.9% of families and 18.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.1% of those under age 18 and 12.3% of those age 65 or over.

Further reading[edit]

  • 1887. History of Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton, Franklin and Williamson Counties, Illinois. Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co.
  • Lawler, Lucille. 1968. Gallatin County: Gateway to Illinois. Privately published. 153 pages.
  • Lawler, Lucille. 1971. Ridgway, Our Town. Privately published. 43 pages.
  • Musgrave, Jon, ed. 2002. Handbook of Old Gallatin County and Southeastern Illinois. Marion, Ill.: IllinoisHistory.com. 464 pages.


  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer Files for Places – Illinois". United States Census. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  3. ^ http://www.ksdk.com/news/article/307132/3/Tornado-destroys-church-in-Ridgway-Illinois
  4. ^ http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2012/03/tornadoes_rip_through_the_midw.html#photo1
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.