Kappa, Illinois

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Kappa village hall
Kappa village hall
Location of Kappa in Woodford County, Illinois.
Location of Kappa in Woodford County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 40°40′35″N 89°0′34″W / 40.67639°N 89.00944°W / 40.67639; -89.00944Coordinates: 40°40′35″N 89°0′34″W / 40.67639°N 89.00944°W / 40.67639; -89.00944
CountryUnited States
 • Total0.36 sq mi (0.93 km2)
 • Land0.36 sq mi (0.93 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
729 ft (222 m)
 • Total227
 • Estimate 
 • Density663.87/sq mi (256.20/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
Area code(s)309
FIPS code17-39038
Wikimedia CommonsKappa, Illinois

Kappa is a village in Woodford County, Illinois, United States. The population was 227 at the 2010 census, up from 170 in 2000. It is part of the Peoria, Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Area.

In 1833 Thomas Dixon became the first settler in the Kappa area. Over the next few years, other settlers moved in around the area, and eventually a railroad was built through the area. On May 23, 1853, rail service began, and postal service began. The first postmaster, William Jones, appointed the name Montrose, but the Illinois Central Railroad preferred Kappa. Kappa is the tenth letter in the Greek alphabet, and was applied to the town because it was the tenth town between Dunleith (modern-day East Dubuque, Illinois) and Bloomington.

Kappa sits on the north side of the Mackinaw River. Approximately five miles to the southeast is Lake Bloomington, while five miles to the southwest is Evergreen Lake.

Since its inception, the railroad line from East Dubuque to Bloomington has been decommissioned. In the early 1900s, SBI Route 2 was founded, and then changed to U.S. Route 51. U.S. 51 now bypasses the town to the west, leaving Illinois Route 251 as the main north-south road through town.


Kappa is located at 40°40′35″N 89°0′34″W / 40.67639°N 89.00944°W / 40.67639; -89.00944 (40.676439, -89.009349).[3]

According to the 2010 census, Kappa has a total area of 0.34 square miles (0.88 km2), all land.[4]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2016237[2]4.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 170 people, 63 households, and 48 families residing in the village. The population density was 747.1 people per square mile (285.4/km²). There were 67 housing units at an average density of 294.5 per square mile (112.5/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.06% White, 1.18% Native American, 1.76% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.35% of the population.

There were 63 households out of which 47.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.7% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.8% were non-families. 20.6% 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 2.70 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the village, the population was spread out with 32.4% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 34.1% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, and 8.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.9 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $46,786, and the median income for a family was $50,417. Males had a median income of $35,417 versus $21,250 for females. The per capita income for the village was $17,451. About 6.0% of families and 9.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.6% of those under the age of eighteen and 12.5% of those sixty five or over.


Recreation and entertainment[edit]

The small village's main attraction is the Kappa Kabanna Klub, a strip club that has been the subject of multiple legal cases, including a prostitution bust as part of an undercover sting operation in 2008.[7][8][9]


  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. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  4. ^ "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-08-04.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. ^ Shepherd, Check (1999-05-06). "News of the Weird". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2018-03-22. Mark Kent, 28, filed assault charges against the Kappa Kabana club in Kappa, Illinois, after a dancer tried to wrap her legs around his neck while holding on to a pole onstage, causing Kent to fall off his bar stool and injure his head and elbow
  8. ^ Luciano, Phil (2017-01-01). "Man found dead inside house that burns down next to strip joint in Woodford County". Peoria Journal Star (online ed.). Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  9. ^ "Worker at Kappa strip club accused of prostitution attempt". The Pantagraph (online ed.). Bloomington, Illinois. 2008-05-28. Retrieved 2018-03-22.

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