Greenup, Illinois

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Greenup is a village in Cumberland County, Illinois, along the Embarras River. The population was 1,494 at the 2005 census. It is part of the CharlestonMattoon Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Greenup received its name from National Road surveyor, William C. Greenup, who plotted the town in 1834. William C. Greenup was one of the supervisors hired to oversee construction of the National Road in Illinois, surveying the original alignment from Marshall to Vandalia during the 1830s. The town of Greenup served as the Cumberland County seat from 1843 to 1857.



Greenup is located at 39°14′50″N 88°9′44″W / 39.24722°N 88.16222°W / 39.24722; -88.16222 (39.247273, -88.162131).[1]

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


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,532 people, 692 households, and 393 families residing in the village. The population density was 901.1 people per square mile (347.9/km²). There were 753 housing units at an average density of 442.9/sq mi (171.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.69% White, 0.07% African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.07% from other races, and 0.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.26% of the population. No Pacific Islanders live in Greenup.

There were 692 households out of which 24.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.8% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.2% were non-families. 38.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 23.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.13 and the average family size was 2.81.

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