Beardstown, Illinois

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Beardstown is a city in Cass County, Illinois, United States. The population was 5,766 at the 2000 census. The public schools are in Beardstown Community Unit School District 15.



Beardstown is located at 40°0′44″N 90°25′43″W / 40.01222°N 90.42861°W / 40.01222; -90.42861 (40.012189, -90.428711).[1] Beardstown is located on the Illinois River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.5 square miles (9.0 km²), of which, 3.4 square miles (8.8 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (1.73%) is water.


Beardstown is located on the Illinois River, which plays an important role in the economy and history of the community, and is the site of a grain terminal where farm products are transferred to barges for transport. Hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation along the river contribute to the local economy. A large Cargill meat processing plant is a major employer and has attracted a substantial immigrant population to Beardstown in recent years.[citation needed]


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 5,766 people, 2,172 households, and 1,437 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,692.1 people per square mile (652.9/km²). There were 2,339 housing units at an average density of 686.4/sq mi (264.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.76% White, 0.87% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 7.01% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.90% of the population.

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