Eureka, Illinois

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Eureka is a city in Woodford County, Illinois, United States. The population was 4,871 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Woodford County.[1] The city was founded in the year 1855. Eureka is part of the Peoria, Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Eureka is a small community centered around the intersection of what is now U.S. 24 and Illinois 117. It is also one of the towns along the Ronald Reagan Trail, a series of roads that connect towns in northern Illinois that were of importance to Reagan's early life.



Eureka is located at 40°42′56″N 89°16′31″W / 40.71556°N 89.27528°W / 40.71556; -89.27528 (40.715620, -89.275220).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.7 square miles (7.1 km²), of which, 2.7 square miles (7.0 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (1.82%) is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 4,871 people, 1,754 households, and 1,169 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,810.5 people per square mile (699.1/km²). There were 1,831 housing units at an average density of 680.5/sq mi (262.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.97% White, 0.57% African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.16% from other races, and 0.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.03% of the population.

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