Birds, Illinois

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Birds is a village in Lawrence County, Illinois, United States. The population was 51 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Birds is located at 38°50′12″N 87°40′6″W / 38.83667°N 87.66833°W / 38.83667; -87.66833 (38.836617, -87.668467).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 51 people, 22 households, and 13 families residing in the village. The population density was 235.6 people per square mile (89.5/km²). There were 30 housing units at an average density of 101.6/sq mi (38.6/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 100.00% White. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.96% of the population.

There were 22 households out of which 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 27.3% were married couples living together, 22.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.9% were non-families. 27.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.77.

In the village the population was spread out with 23.5% under the age of 18, 17.6% from 18 to 24, 21.6% from 25 to 44, 29.4% from 45 to 64, and 7.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 82.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.7 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $23,438, and the median income for a family was $25,417. Males had a median income of $20,833 versus $10,000 for females. The per capita income for the village was $9,216. There were 33.3% of families and 20.0% of the population living below the poverty line, including 29.4% of under eighteens and none of those over 64.

White Owl Winery

White Owl Winery is a commercial winery near Birds.[3] It was founded in 2000 by Brian, Joy, Ken, and Pat Neighbors. It has received good reviews[4][5] and won the 2007 Illinois Governor’s Cup for Best Dessert Wine[6]. The winery focuses on fruit wines such as Cherry Pie, Spiced Pear, Elderberry, Paw Paw, and Persimmon. Their Paw Paw wine is the only one commercially produced in the world.[4] They also make traditional grape wines such as Merlot, Chardonnay, Vidal Blanc, Snowy White, and Traminetteas, as well as sparkling wines. Persimmon Solera (formerly Grand Persimmon Sherry[7]) won the 2007 Illinois Governor’s Cup for Best Dessert Wine in the state.[6]

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