Chenoa, Illinois

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Chenoa is a city in McLean County, Illinois, USA. The population was 1,845 at the 2000 census. Located at the intersections of Interstate 55, Historic Route 66, and U.S. Route 24.Founded in 1854 by Mathew T. Scott, Chenoa was created to provide a retail and trade center for his farm tenants as well as a grain shipping facility. The Chenoa Centennial was celebrated in 1954. The town is situated in a highly productive agricultural area. Two currently active businesses here are notable due to their longevity. They are Schuirman's Drug Store (now Chenoa Pharmacy) and Union Roofing. The latter company today is one of the largest roofing contractors in Illinois. Several small manufacturers operate here and a number of antique dealers are Chenoa-based. There is a small grade school located off Division Street. A well attended July 4 celebration is held in Chenoa each year.

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Geography

Chenoa is located at 40°44′35″N 88°43′12″W / 40.74306°N 88.72°W / 40.74306; -88.72 (40.743136, -88.720079)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.3 km²), of which, 1.2 square miles (3.2 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (3.10%) is water.

Situated in McLean County, the area surrounding Chenoa boasts some of the richest soil [2] in the world. Only patches of farmland in Argentina, southern Ukraine and along the Yellow River in China match the fertile ground that covers much of the northern half of Illinois, particularly a high-yielding band through the state's midsection. McLean County is traditionally the state's leading corn and soybean producer.

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,845 people, 713 households, and 524 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,472.2 people per square mile (569.9/km²). There were 768 housing units at an average density of 612.8/sq mi (237.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.72% White, 0.22% African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 1.08% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.60% of the population.

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