|City of Anna|
The Anna State Asylum, built in 1869 in the Kirkbride Plan was a rambling four-story structure, part of which was destroyed in separate incidents, but most of which is still standing as the central complex to the C.L. Choate Mental Health and Developmental Center.
|Country||United States of America|
|Platted||March 3, 1854|
|Incorporated||February 16, 1865|
|• Mayor||Steve Hartline|
|• Total||3.52 sq mi (9.1 km2)|
|• Land||3.50 sq mi (9.1 km2)|
|• Water||0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)|
|Elevation||610 ft (190 m)|
|• Density||1,200/sq mi (480/km2)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
Anna is a city in Union County, Illinois. Located in Southern Illinois, the population was 4,442 at the 2010 United States Census, a decline from 5,135 in 2000. The city is known for being tied to its close neighbor Jonesboro, together known as Anna-Jonesboro. Anna is renowned for the Anna State Mental Hospital or the Choate Mental Health Care Center.
Anna was historically a sundown town, in which African Americans were excluded from living in the town's limits. In 1909, a mob of angry white citizens drove out Anna's black families following the lynching in a nearby town of a black man accused of raping a white woman. According to Historian James Loewen, a common adage in the town was that its name of "Anna" was actually an acronym, standing for "Ain't No Niggers Allowed".
Anna is located at .
According to the 2010 census, Anna has a total area of 3.519 square miles (9.11 km2), of which 3.5 sq mi (9.06 km2) (or 99.46%) is land and 0.019 sq mi (0.05 km2) (or 0.54%) is water.
As of the census of 2010, there were 4,442 people, 1,893 households and 1,097 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,269.1 people per square mile. There were 2,123 housing units at an average density of 606.6 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 95.7% White, 1.1% African American, 0.6% American Indian and Alaskan Native, 0.4% Asian, <0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.2% from other races, and .9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino (of any race) were 2.9% of the population.
There were 1,893 households out of which 24.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.6% were married couples living together, 14.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.8% had a male householder with no wife present and 42.0% were non-families. 37.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.85.
In the city the population was spread out with 22.7% aged 19 and younger, 7.0% from 20 to 24, 22.7% from 25 to 44, 24.5% from 45 to 64, and 23.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.8 years. For every 100 females there were 91.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $39,602, the median income for a family was $44,420. The incomes of 20.2% of the population were below the poverty level. (2013)
- Delos Brown, pinch hitter for the Chicago White Sox, born in Anna
- Clyde L. Choate, politician and soldier
- Crystal Davis, 2015 Miss Illinois
- Robert "Zeke" Davidson, actor from Mississippi Burning and Silverado
- Townsend F. Dodd, aviator
- George M.C. Fisher, former CEO of Motorola and Kodak
- Ray W. Fuller, scientist whose work led to the invention of Prozac
- Frank E. Midkiff, High Commissioner of the Trust Territory of the Pacific, born in Anna
- King Neptune, famous war bond-raising pig
- Jeffrey Louis Starr, child actor from The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training and The Bad News Bears Go to Japan
- Frank Willard, cartoonist
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