Brookport, Illinois

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Brookport
City Hall
City Hall
Location of Brookport in Massac County, Illinois.
Location of Brookport in Massac County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 37°7′30″N 88°37′38″W / 37.12500°N 88.62722°W / 37.12500; -88.62722Coordinates: 37°7′30″N 88°37′38″W / 37.12500°N 88.62722°W / 37.12500; -88.62722
CountryUnited States
StateIllinois
CountyMassac
Government
 • MayorTami Wessel (Libertarian)
Area
 • Total0.66 sq mi (1.71 km2)
 • Land0.65 sq mi (1.69 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Population
 • Total984
 • Estimate 
(2016)[2]
928
 • Density1,421.13/sq mi (548.33/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)618
FIPS code17-08706
Wikimedia CommonsBrookport, Illinois

Brookport is a city in Massac County, Illinois, United States. The population was 1,054 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Paducah, KY-IL Micropolitan Statistical Area. The current Mayor of Brookport, Tami Wessel, is one of nine Libertarian mayors in the United States.[3]

History[edit]

Brookport was founded by Charles Pell in 1855. It was originally known as "Pellonia," after Pell. The small city declined within a few years, but saw a resurgence with the construction of the Illinois Central Railroad nearby in the late 1880s. It was reincorporated as "Brooklyn" in 1888. The name was changed to "Brookport," a portmanteau of "Brooklyn" and "port," in 1901.[4][5]

Geography[edit]

Brookport is located at 37°7′30″N 88°37′38″W / 37.12500°N 88.62722°W / 37.12500; -88.62722 (37.125056, -88.627218).[6] The city is situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, opposite Paducah, Kentucky. US Route 45 traverses the city, connecting it with Paducah across the river to the south and Interstate 24 near Metropolis to the northwest. US 45 crosses the river over the Brookport Bridge, which is officially known as the "Irvin S. Cobb Bridge" in honor of author Irvin S. Cobb, who was born in Paducah. The two-lane steel deck truss bridge was completed in 1929. Lock and Dam Number 52, operated by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, is also located at Brookport.

According to the 2010 census, Brookport has a total area of 0.656 square miles (1.70 km2), of which 0.65 square miles (1.68 km2) (or 99.09%) is land and 0.006 square miles (0.02 km2) (or 0.91%) is water.[7]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870104
1890216
1900865300.5%
19101,44366.8%
19201,098−23.9%
19301,33621.7%
19401,247−6.7%
19501,119−10.3%
19601,1543.1%
19701,046−9.4%
19801,1287.8%
19901,070−5.1%
20001,054−1.5%
2010984−6.6%
Est. 2016928[2]−5.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 1,054 people, 450 households, and 283 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,321.8 people per square mile (508.7/km²). There were 519 housing units at an average density of 650.9/sq mi (250.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.61% White, 7.12% African American, 0.47% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.47% from other races, and 1.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.90% of the population.

There were 450 households out of which 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.2% were married couples living together, 14.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.1% were non-families. 33.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the city, the population was spread out with 28.1% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 15.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $24,438, and the median income for a family was $30,000. Males had a median income of $31,250 versus $19,188 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,751. About 16.2% of families and 19.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.5% of those under age 18 and 17.5% of those age 65 or over.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jun 29, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ "Elected Officials". Libertarian National Committee. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  4. ^ Edward Callary, Place Names of Illinois (University of Illinois Press, 2010), p. 46.
  5. ^ George W. May, History of Massac County, Illinois (Wagoner Printing Company, 1955). Accessed at archive.org.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. ^ "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-25.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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