Cherry, Illinois

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Cherry is a village in Bureau County, Illinois, United States. The population was 509 at the 2000 census[1]. It is part of the OttawaStreator Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Cherry was the site of the Cherry Mine Disaster, which killed 259 coal miners in November, 1909. This was the third most deadly mine disaster in U.S. history (as of 2005).[citation needed]



Cherry is located at 41°25′36″N 89°12′45″W / 41.42667°N 89.2125°W / 41.42667; -89.2125 (41.426628, -89.212422)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.4 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 509 people, 212 households, and 146 families residing in the village. The population density was 946.0 people per square mile (363.9/km²). There were 220 housing units at an average density of 408.9/sq mi (157.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.45% White, 0.20% African American, 0.39% Native American, 0.39% Pacific Islander, 0.39% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.77% of the population.

There were 212 households out of which 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.5% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.7% were non-families. 28.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.93.

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