Altona, Illinois

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Altona (formerly LaPier & Walnut Grove) is a village in Knox County, Illinois, United States. The population was 570 at the 2000 census[1]. It is part of the Galesburg Micropolitan Statistical Area.



Altona is located at 41°6′48″N 90°9′53″W / 41.11333°N 90.16472°W / 41.11333; -90.16472 (41.113472, -90.164613).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.6 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 570 people, 216 households, and 160 families residing in the village. The population density was 560.8 people per square mile (215.8/km²). There were 230 housing units at an average density of 226.3/sq mi (87.1/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 99.47% White, 0.18% Asian, 0.35% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.88% of the population.

There were 216 households out of which 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.5% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.9% were non-families. 22.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the village the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 24.4% from 45 to 64, and 13.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 96.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.0 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $35,729, and the median income for a family was $39,318. Males had a median income of $32,813 versus $21,111 for females. The per capita income for the village was $15,805. About 2.9% of families and 6.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.1% of those under age 18 and 4.8% of those age 65 or over.

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