Bath, Illinois

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Bath is a village in Mason County, Illinois, United States. The population was 310 at the 2000 census.



Bath is located at 40°11′29″N 90°8′27″W / 40.19139°N 90.14083°W / 40.19139; -90.14083 (40.191336, -90.140819).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 310 people, 130 households, and 86 families residing in the village. The population density was 848.9 people per square mile (323.5/km²). There were 153 housing units at an average density of 419.0/sq mi (159.7/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.45% White, 0.32% African American, 0.97% Native American, and 2.26% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.32% of the population.

There were 130 households out of which 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.2% were married couples living together, 16.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.8% were non-families. 32.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the village the population was spread out with 27.4% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 96.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.1 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $30,208, and the median income for a family was $31,875. Males had a median income of $27,250 versus $18,750 for females. The per capita income for the village was $10,262. About 22.2% of families and 24.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 37.7% of those under the age of eighteen and 3.2% of those sixty five or over.


Bath is host to the annual midsummer Redneck Fishing Tournament, held along the adjacent Illinois River. During this unusual fishing contest, anglers compete to catch the largest quantity of the prolific sport fish Silver carp. While nets and bats are permitted to assist fishermen, fishing poles as well as bows are prohibited. Instead, fishermen encourage carp to "fly" by agitating the water with their boats, thus enabling them to net the fish from the air. The annual tournament will be held on the first weekend in August in 2010[3]

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