Ridgway, Illinois

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Ridgway, Illinois
Village
Location of Ridgway in Gallatin County, Illinois.
Location of Ridgway in Gallatin County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 37°47′53″N 88°15′38″W / 37.79806°N 88.26056°W / 37.79806; -88.26056Coordinates: 37°47′53″N 88°15′38″W / 37.79806°N 88.26056°W / 37.79806; -88.26056
Country United States
State Illinois
County Gallatin
Area[1]
 • Total 0.91 sq mi (2.36 km2)
 • Land 0.91 sq mi (2.36 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 869
 • Estimate (2016)[2] 807
 • Density 885.84/sq mi (342.21/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s) 62979
Area code(s) 618
FIPS code 17-64018
Wikimedia Commons Ridgway, Illinois

Ridgway is a village in Gallatin County, Illinois, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 869. As of 2018, Sally Little was the town mayor with Bridget Montesi as the 1st mate. [3]

Geography[edit]

Ridgway is located in southern Illinois at 37°47′53″N 88°15′38″W / 37.79806°N 88.26056°W / 37.79806; -88.26056 (37.798036, -88.260571),[4] north of Shawnee National Forest. It is in north-central Gallatin County, 9 miles (14 km) northwest of Shawneetown, the county seat.

According to the 2010 census, Ridgway has a total area of 0.911 square miles (2.36 km2), of which 0.91 square miles (2.36 km2) (or 99.89%) is land and 0.001 square miles (0.00 km2) (or 0.11%) is water.[3]

History[edit]

During its Illinoian stage (300,000—130,000 years ago), Ridgway was covered by the Laurentide ice sheet.

Ridgway, once home to a popcorn plant, is the former self-proclaimed "Popcorn Capital of the World". Popcorn Day continues as part of the Gallatin County Fair and is held the second Saturday in September.[5]

February 2012 tornadoes killed seven in the nearby Harrisburg area and destroyed St. Joseph's Catholic Church.[6][7] The church has been rebuilt under the name St Kateri.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880174
1890523200.6%
190083960.4%
19101,05425.6%
19201,1024.6%
1930930−15.6%
19401,16725.5%
19501,148−1.6%
19601,055−8.1%
19701,16010.0%
19801,2457.3%
19901,103−11.4%
2000928−15.9%
2010869−6.4%
Est. 2016807[2]−7.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 928 people, 441 households, and 271 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,030.6 people per square mile (398.1/km²). There were 490 housing units at an average density of 544.2 per square mile (210.2/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 55.35% White, 34.32% Native American, 0.22% African American, and 0.11% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.54% of the population.

There were 441 households out of which 21.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.9% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.5% were non-families. 35.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.10 and the average family size was 2.72.

In the village, the population was spread out with 18.0% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 23.7% from 25 to 44, 27.2% from 45 to 64, and 23.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.4 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $127,670, and the median income for a family was $136,786. Males had a median income of $131,944 versus $119,500 for females. The per capita income for the village was $116,959. About 1.9% of families and 1.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.1% of those under age 18 and 12.3% of those age 65 or over.

Further reading[edit]

  • 1887. History of Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton, Franklin and Williamson Counties, Illinois. Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co.
  • Lawler, Lucille. 1968. Gallatin County: Gateway to Illinois. Privately published. 153 pages.
  • Lawler, Lucille. 1971. Ridgway, Our Town. Privately published. 43 pages.
  • Musgrave, Jon, ed. 2002. Handbook of Old Gallatin County and Southeastern Illinois. Marion, Ill.: IllinoisHistory.com. 464 pages.

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. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "Still Popping, Ill". tribunedigital-chicagotribune. Retrieved 2016-05-03. 
  6. ^ http://www.ksdk.com/news/article/307132/3/Tornado-destroys-church-in-Ridgway-Illinois
  7. ^ http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2012/03/tornadoes_rip_through_the_midw.html#photo1
  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 September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31.