Hecker, Illinois

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Hecker is a village in Monroe County, Illinois, United States. The population was 475 at the 2000 census.



Hecker was originally named Freedom. The town was laid out on land of Theodore Hilgard. It was platted and surveyed by Thomas Singleton, county surveyor, December 18, 1840[1], the first home being built in 1849. In 1895 the citizens of what was then Freedom decided to incorporate, to facilitate improvements to the nascent town's infrastructure. Due to complaints from the Post Office, there being another town calling itself Freedom in Illinois, they were forced to change the name. Col. Friedrich Franz Karl Hecker, whose farm was near Summerfield, Illinois in adjacent St Clair County, was known to and well-respected by the town's inhabitants, and they decided to honor him by naming the town after him.


Hecker is located at 38°18′20″N 89°59′39″W / 38.30556°N 89.99417°W / 38.30556; -89.99417 (38.305433, -89.994241).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 475 people, 188 households, and 134 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,993.8 people per square mile (764.2/km²). There were 201 housing units at an average density of 843.7/sq mi (323.4/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 99.16% White, 0.21% African American, and 0.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.63% of the population.

There were 188 households out of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.1% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.2% were non-families. 23.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.02.

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