Tampico, Illinois

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The Main Street Historic District in downtown Tampico
The Main Street Historic District in downtown Tampico
Location of Tampico in Whiteside County, Illinois.
Location of Tampico in Whiteside County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 41°37′50″N 89°47′07″W / 41.63056°N 89.78528°W / 41.63056; -89.78528Coordinates: 41°37′50″N 89°47′07″W / 41.63056°N 89.78528°W / 41.63056; -89.78528
Country United States
State Illinois
County Whiteside
Township Tampico
Founded 1875
 • Total 0.39 sq mi (1.00 km2)
 • Land 0.39 sq mi (1.00 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation 640 ft (200 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 790
 • Estimate (2016)[2] 750
 • Density 1,932.99/sq mi (746.98/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 61283
Area code(s) 815, 779
FIPS code 17-74470
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Tampico is a village located in Tampico Township, Whiteside County, Illinois, United States. As of the 2010 census the village had a total population of 790, up from 772 at the 2000 census.

Tampico is also known as the birthplace of Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States from 1981-1989.


The area containing the future Tampico township was a slough. The first nonaboriginal settlers arrived in 1852. The township of Tampico was established in 1861. In 1863-64, the area was drained. The local railroad went into service in 1871. In June 1874, a tornado struck, destroying 27 buildings. In 1875, the village of Tampico was incorporated.[3]


Tampico is located at 41°37′50″N 89°47′07″W / 41.63056°N 89.78528°W / 41.63056; -89.78528 (41.6304686 -89.7853130).[4] Its elevation is 640 ft (200 m).

According to the 2010 census, Tampico has a total area of 0.39 square miles (1.01 km2), all land.[5] About a 1 mi (1.6 km) to the east of Tampico is the Hennepin Canal feeder.

Tampico is located about 40 mi (64 km) east-northeast of Moline and approximately 110 mi (180 km) west of Chicago.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2016750[2]−5.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there are 772 people, 292 households, and 205 families residing in the village. The population density is 1,941.3 inhabitants per square mile (749.5/km2). There are 315 housing units at an average density of 792.1 per square mile (305.8/km2). The racial makeup of the village is 99.74% White, 0.00% Black, 0.00% Native American, 0.00% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 0.13% from two or more races. 1.55% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 292 households, out of which 33.2% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.2% are married couples living together, 9.2% have a female householder with no husband present, and 29.5% are non-families. 24.7% of all households are made up of individuals and 13.0% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.64 and the average family size is 3.10.

In the village, the population is spread out with 28.9% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females, there are 102.1 males. For every 100 females, age 18 and over, there are 102.6 males.

The median income for a household in the village is $40,221, and the median income for a family is $43,646. Males have a median income of $30,667 versus $18,409 for females. The per capita income for the village is $14,467. 8.5% of the population and 6.4% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 10.2% of those under the age of 18 and 4.6% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

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