Brussels, Illinois

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Brussels is a village in Calhoun County, Illinois, United States. The population was 141 at the 2000 census.

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General information

Brussels is the headquarters location of the Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge, which is noted for its population of bald eagles. The refuge is named after the two great rivers that flow together close to Brussels, the Illinois River and the Mississippi River.

Brussels has one school district, No. 42, which consists of one grade school (Brussels Grade School) and one high school (Brussels High School). The school district serves the surrounding communities of Meppen, Golden Eagle, and parts of Batchtown. In addition to the public school system, Brussels has a parochial grade school, St. Marys. Brussels High School is small and its enrollment usually hovers at around 70 students.

The main street of the village is a historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography

Brussels is located at 38°56′50″N 90°35′19″W / 38.94722°N 90.58861°W / 38.94722; -90.58861 (38.947275, -90.588630).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²).0.6 square miles (1.6 km²) of it is land and none of it is covered by water.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 141 people, 60 households, and 40 families residing in the village. The population density was 232.4 people per square mile (89.2/km²). There were 70 housing units at an average density of 115.4/sq mi (44.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 100.00% White. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.84% of the population.

There were 60 households out of which 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.7% are married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.3% were non-families. 28.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.35 and the average family size was 2.80.

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