Godfrey, Illinois

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Godfrey is a village in Madison County, Illinois, United States. The population was 16,286 at the 2000 census.



Godfrey is located at 38°56′53″N 90°12′10″W / 38.94806°N 90.20278°W / 38.94806; -90.20278 (38.948097, -90.202886).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 36.2 square miles (93.7 km²), of which, 34.5 square miles (89.3 km²) of it is land and 1.7 square miles (4.4 km²) of it (4.67%) is water.

The southwestern boundary of the village is a wall of picturesqe limestone bluffs along the Mississippi River. Approximately 20 miles upstream is the mouth of the Illinois River where it joins the Mississippi. The Missouri River empties into the Mississippi ten miles downstream. Godfrey remains today the status of a village. The Village of Godfrey is a mixture of small business, agriculture, and upper middle class housing developments.


The village is named for Captain Benjamin Godfrey, a native New Englander, who arrived in the area in 1832. 1838 saw the establishment of the Monticello Female Seminary, later renamed Monticello College. Captain Godfrey, the father of eight daughters, was an advocate of higher education for women and made a large donation of funds and land for the college. Monticello operated as a two year college for women until the campus was sold in 1970 to establish Lewis and Clark Community College. Monticello's final class graduated in 1971. Godfrey is built on an ancient Indian burial ground and hometown of Clayton Madison of whom the county is named.

Nearby, at the mouth of the Missouri River, is the starting point for the expedition of Lewis and Clark. According to Money Magazine, in 2009 Godfrey, Illinois was ranked the 32nd most livable village.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 16,286 people, 6,427 households, and 4,698 families residing in the village. The population density was 472.3 people per square mile (182.4/km²). There were 6,694 housing units at an average density of 194.1/sq mi (75.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 94.06% White, 4.04% African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.65% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.98% of the population.

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