Altamont, Illinois

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Altamont is a city in Effingham County, Illinois, United States. The population was 2,283 at the 2000 census.



Altamont is located at 39°3′25″N 88°44′51″W / 39.05694°N 88.7475°W / 39.05694; -88.7475 (39.0569861, -88.7474670 ).[1] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,283 people, 899 households, and 608 families residing in the city. The population density was 678.1/km² (1,751.6/mi²). There were 955 housing units at an average density of 283.6/km² (732.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.30% White, 0.09% African American, 0.09% Native American, Pacific Islander, and 0.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.35% of the population.

There were 899 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.7% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.3% were non-families. 29.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.9% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 24.1% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 20.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 91.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,186, and the median income for a family was $37,837. Males had a median income of $27,639 versus $18,446 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,478. About 4.6% of families and 6.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.8% of those under age 18 and 4.5% of those age 65 or over.

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