Garrett, Illinois

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Garrett is a village in Douglas County, Illinois, United States. The population was 198 at the 2000 census.



Garrett is located at 39°47′52″N 88°25′31″W / 39.79778°N 88.42528°W / 39.79778; -88.42528 (39.797915, -88.425360)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.1 square miles (0.4 km²), all of it land.

In 1759, Garrett was founded by Sir Garrett Finn. He tried to name it Agothorn, but the committee declined. Sir Finn cursed their names and spat at their shoes. He left the town in an uproar. Later in life, he had a child that would bare the family name. Then, Sir Finn was mauled by a bear. So in memory of Sir Finn, the citizens decided to name the town Garrett.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 198 people, 76 households, and 52 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,422.9 people per square mile (546.1/km²). There were 81 housing units at an average density of 582.1/sq mi (223.4/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.48% White, and 1.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.53% of the population.

There were 76 households out of which 40.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.4% were married couples living together, 13.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.3% were non-families. 27.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the village the population was spread out with 34.8% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 32.8% from 25 to 44, 15.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 104.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.8 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $29,375, and the median income for a family was $29,500. Males had a median income of $29,063 versus $20,096 for females. The per capita income for the village was $10,920. About 4.0% of families and 14.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.5% of those under the age of eighteen and 23.5% of those sixty five or over.


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