Downs, Illinois

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Location of Downs in McLean County, Illinois.
Location of Downs in McLean County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 40°23′50″N 88°52′47″W / 40.39722°N 88.87972°W / 40.39722; -88.87972Coordinates: 40°23′50″N 88°52′47″W / 40.39722°N 88.87972°W / 40.39722; -88.87972
CountryUnited States
TownshipsDowns, Oldtown
 • MayorMichael James
 • Total3.00 sq mi (7.76 km2)
 • Land3.00 sq mi (7.76 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
807 ft (246 m)
 • Total1,201
 • Density400.60/sq mi (154.67/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
Area code(s)309
FIPS code17-20643
GNIS ID2398746
Wikimedia CommonsDowns, Illinois

Downs is a village in McLean County, Illinois, United States. The population was 1,005 at the 2010 census. It is part of the BloomingtonNormal Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Downs is located at 40°23′50″N 88°52′47″W / 40.39722°N 88.87972°W / 40.39722; -88.87972 (40.397171, -88.879818).[2]

According to the 2010 census, Downs has a total area of 2.61 square miles (6.76 km2), all land.[3]


Downs was originally a small community known as Delta, established by McLean County settlers in 1829. Previously, the area served as a trading post for the Kickapoo Indians. When the Indiana, Bloomington and Western Railway was built in 1869, several buildings were dismantled and reconstructed further south to put the town closer to the railroad. The town was then renamed Priceville in honor of John Price, a resident who owned the land near the tracks. In 1902, the town was once again changed to Downs, after postal clerks commonly confused Priceville with the similarly-named Illinois town of Princeville.[4] Downs is named for Lawson Downs, one of the area's pioneer settlers.[5]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Decennial US Census
The water tower in Downs.

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 776 people, 284 households, and 220 families residing in the village. The population density was 286.8 people per square mile (110.6/km2). There were 301 housing units at an average density of 111.3 per square mile (42.9/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.81% White, 0.90% African American, 0.13% Asian, 0.52% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.90% of the population.

Church of Saint Mary in Downs.

There were 284 households, out of which 43.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.8% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.5% were non-families. 17.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 30.3% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 35.4% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 7.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years.

The median income for a household in the village was $53,750, and the median income for a family was $56,932. Males had a median income of $37,188 versus $27,308 for females. The per capita income for the village was $22,468. About 5.0% of families and 4.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.0% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over

As of 2010 the population was 1005. The racial and ethnic make-up of the population is 94.6% Non-Hispanic white, 1.7% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 2.2% two or more races and 0.9% Hispanic or Latino.[7]


Most children in Downs attend the Tri-Valley schools which are part of District #3, offices located on Washington Street. The Tri-Valley schools are small, and the elementary, middle and high school are all located next to one another. All three schools have been recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. At one time all classes were held in one building, which now is rundown. The football team won 2A state final in 2015.[8][citation needed]


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 15, 2022.
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  3. ^ "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2020-02-13. Retrieved 2015-08-02.
  4. ^ "About the Village of Downs". Village of Downs, IL. Retrieved Mar 22, 2020.
  5. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. pp. 108.
  6. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. ^ 2010 Census report
  8. ^ Kane, Dave. "Auburn falls to Downs Tri-Valley in 2A state title game". The State Journal. Retrieved 2016-04-09.