Allerton, Illinois

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Allerton is a village in Sidell Township, Vermilion County, Illinois, United States. A small portion of the village extends into Champaign County. The population was 293 at the 2000 census[1].



Samuel A. Allerton was a wealthy landowner in Vermilion County who had made his fortune on the agricultural and livestock markets. He was one of the founders of the First National Bank of Chicago. The town was founded on a 3,800-acre (15 km2) tract of land in the southwestern part of the county which Allerton purchased in 1880. It had formerly been known as Twin Grove Farm (because of two very similar 100-acre (0.40 km2) groves of trees in the area). When the C&EI railroad came through the area, he gave them a right-of-way through his land, and then established a grain elevator and platted the village; later he provided land for a park, established a bank, and installed a water system. Allerton himself continued to live in Chicago.[2]

Samuel Allerton also owned the land which later became the Robert Allerton Park, farther west in the Monticello, Illinois area; Robert was Samuel's son who oversaw his father's agricultural interests in Illinois.


Allerton is located at 39°54′46″N 87°56′8″W / 39.91278°N 87.93556°W / 39.91278; -87.93556 (39.912859, -87.935636)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.7 km²), all of it land. Allerton is located on the county line, and a small portion of is located in Champaign County, Illinois.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 293 people, 112 households, and 89 families residing in the village. The population density was 454.4 people per square mile (176.8/km²). There were 122 housing units at an average density of 189.2/sq mi (73.6/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.61% White, 0.68% Native American, and 1.71% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.39% of the population.

There were 112 households out of which 38.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.3% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.5% were non-families. 18.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 2.93.

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