Omaha, Illinois

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Omaha, Illinois
IL 1 in Omaha
IL 1 in Omaha
Location of Omaha in Gallatin County, Illinois.
Location of Omaha in Gallatin County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 37°53′24″N 88°18′12″W / 37.89000°N 88.30333°W / 37.89000; -88.30333Coordinates: 37°53′24″N 88°18′12″W / 37.89000°N 88.30333°W / 37.89000; -88.30333
CountryUnited States
StateIllinois
CountyGallatin
Area
 • Total0.82 sq mi (2.12 km2)
 • Land0.82 sq mi (2.12 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total266
 • Estimate 
(2016)[2]
250
 • Density306.00/sq mi (118.20/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
62871
Area code(s)618
FIPS code17-56003
Wikimedia CommonsOmaha, Illinois

Omaha is a village in Gallatin County, Illinois, United States. The population was 266 at the 2010 census.[3]

History[edit]

Omaha was established in 1871 as a stop along the Springfield and Illinois South Eastern Railway. A baggage master working for the railroad, Henry Pearce, named the settlement for Omaha, Nebraska, where he had previously worked as a baggage master. After an initial attempt at incorporation failed in 1875, Omaha successfully incorporated in 1888.[4]

Omaha is home to many strawberry farms and used to hold an annual "Strawberry Day" in May. In Southern Illinois, Omaha is well known for one of the area's largest and most popular furniture stores, "Omaha Furniture," which has been in business since 1932.

Geography[edit]

Omaha is located in northwestern Gallatin County at 37°53′24″N 88°18′12″W / 37.89000°N 88.30333°W / 37.89000; -88.30333 (37.889963, -88.303341).[5] Illinois Route 1 passes through the village, leading north 7 miles (11 km) to Norris City and south 32 miles (51 km) to Cave-in-Rock on the Ohio River. Shawneetown, the Gallatin County seat, is 16 miles (26 km) to the southeast via Routes 1 and 13.

According to the 2010 census, Omaha has a total area of 0.823 square miles (2.13 km2), of which 0.82 square miles (2.12 km2) (or 99.64%) is land and 0.003 square miles (0.01 km2) (or 0.36%) is water.[3]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880187
1890428128.9%
190056932.9%
19105863.0%
1920449−23.4%
1930358−20.3%
194041315.4%
1950394−4.6%
1960312−20.8%
1970304−2.6%
1980295−3.0%
1990273−7.5%
2000263−3.7%
20102661.1%
Est. 2016250[2]−6.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 263 people, 124 households, and 68 families residing in the village. The population density was 316.7 people per square mile (122.3/km²). There were 145 housing units at an average density of 174.6 per square mile (67.5/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 99.62% White and 0.38% Asian.

There were 124 households out of which 25.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.0% were married couples living together, 5.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.4% were non-families. 39.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 23.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.12 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the village, the population was spread out with 20.9% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 18.3% from 45 to 64, and 23.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.2 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $23,750, and the median income for a family was $36,250. Males had a median income of $25,208 versus $15,250 for females. The per capita income for the village was $12,766. About 9.5% of families and 18.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.7% of those under the age of eighteen and 16.0% of those sixty five or over.

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jun 30, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-25.
  4. ^ William K. Fulkerson, "Omaha, Illinois and Its Only National Bank, The First National Bank of Omaha," Paper Money, Vol. 23, No. 4 (July/August 1984), p. 171.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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