Galva, Illinois

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Galva is a city in Henry County, Illinois, United States. The population was 2,758 at the 2000 census.



Galva has an extremely high ratio of green space to residents for an American city. There is a four-square-block park in the residential center of town surrounded by Queen Anne Victorians. There is also a large city park on the south edge of town with two picnic shelters, a large swimming pool, tennis courts, and ball fields. This is the scene of the annual 4th of July "Freedomfest" fireworks display, which draws a crowd of thousands from as far as 50 miles away. The name Galva honors the Swedish immigrants of nearby Bishop Hill and refers to Gävle, Sweden, the town's sister city. Around 80% of the town has Scandinavian ancestry.


Galva is located at 41°10′00″N 90°02′32″W / 41.166740°N 90.042188°W / 41.166740; -90.042188.[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.4 km²), all of it land.


As of the 2000 census,[2] there were 2,758 people, 1,164 households, and 740 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,609.5 people per square mile (622.7/km²). There were 1,266 housing units at an average density of 738.8/sq mi (285.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.59% White, 0.25% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.33% from other races, and 0.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.96% of the population.

There were 1,164 households out of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.9% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.4% were non-families. 32.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 3.01.

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