Hamburg, Illinois

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Hamburg is a village in Calhoun County, Illinois, United States. The population was 126 at the 2000 census.



Hamburg is located at 39°13′53″N 90°42′58″W / 39.23139°N 90.71611°W / 39.23139; -90.71611 (39.231277, -90.716207).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.7 km²), of which, 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (19.70%) is water.


One hundred lots in the town of Hamburg were offered for sales by John Shaw in 1836. Once a thriving river community where apples were loaded and shipped, banks were busy and profitable, stores were laden with goods and shoppers, Hamburg now sits quietly along and sometimes in the waters of the Mississippi. The population is 150, give or take a few, and the only public facility is the Hamburg Post Office. A bluff top monument overlooks the village, indicating the burial of riverboat Captain Swarnes who wished to be buried upright to command a panoramic view of the river. In 1975, National Geographic published a two-page picture with the Delta Queen heading up the Mississippi using Captain Swarnes' monument as the photographer's vantage point.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 126 people, 60 households at a value of $79,982.64, and 39 families residing in the village. The population density was 241.5 people per square mile (93.6/km²). There were 94 housing units at an average density of 180.2/sq mi (69.8/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 99.91% White, and 0.09% from two or more races.

There were 60 households out of which 25.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.7% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.0% were non-families. 35.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.10 and the average family size was 2.62.

In the village the population was spread out with 19.8% under the age of 18, 4.0% from 18 to 24, 21.4% from 25 to 44, 25.4% from 45 to 64, and 29.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females there were 93.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.0 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $31,250, and the median income for a family was $43,125. Males had a median income of $41,875 versus $18,750 for females. The per capita income for the village was $17,290. There were 1.9% of families and 2.2% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 1.7% of those over 64.

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