El Paso, Illinois

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El Paso is a city in Woodford County in the U.S. state of Illinois. The population was 2,695 at the 2000 census. The Woodford County portion of El Paso is part of the Peoria, Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Area.

El Paso is a small community in Central Illinois that took on more characteristics of a highway community after the construction of Interstate 39, which supplanted much of the traffic of U.S. Highway 51, the previousold major north/south road. In addition, El Paso is a potential stop for Chicago-Peoria traffic via U.S. Highway 24.[citation needed]



El Paso is located at 40°44′20″N 89°0′58″W / 40.73889°N 89.01611°W / 40.73889; -89.01611 (40.738800, -89.016034)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.5 square miles (4.0 km²), most of it land, with a small pond in one of its parks.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,695 people, 980 households, and 686 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,743.9 people per square mile (671.3/km²). There were 1,022 housing units at an average density of 661.3/sq mi (254.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.89% White, 0.15% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.22% from other races, and 0.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.71% of the population.

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