Claremont, Illinois

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Claremont is a village in Richland County, Illinois, United States. The population was 212 at the 2000 census.



Claremont is located at 38°43′13″N 87°58′22″W / 38.72028°N 87.97278°W / 38.72028; -87.97278 (38.720346, -87.972731).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.1 square miles (3.0 km²), all of it land.


Though Claremont (the town) was founded in 1853, people first settled in Claremont Township in 1818, The year Illinois was admitted to the union. In December 1852 Claremont precinct was formed.

The first settlers in Claremont Township included Lot Basden, who helped plat Olney, James Elliott, who owned land here, Thomas L. Stewart, an early constable and sheriff of Richland County, and Martin Utterback, who reportedly hauled logs to build the first county courthouse. Others included William Laws, Willis Blanchard, Bryant Bullard, Richard Brinkley, CanadaClubb, Jacob and William Coanour and the Calhouns.

Claremont was laid out by Jacob May. In 1853 he moved his store to a point along the Trace Road. In 1855, when the O & M Railroad was built, he moved his store to a site along the railroad, and the present village of Claremont came into existence.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 212 people, 91 households, and 64 families residing in the village. The population density was 186.7 people per square mile (71.8/km²). There were 100 housing units at an average density of 88.1/sq mi (33.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 100.00% White.

There were 91 households out of which 30.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.3% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.6% were non-families. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.77.

In the village the population was spread out with 23.6% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 17.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 114.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.1 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $31,667, and the median income for a family was $39,375. Males had a median income of $30,000 versus $17,222 for females. The per capita income for the village was $15,606. None of the families and 2.5% of the population were living below the poverty line.

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