Malta, Illinois

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Malta is a village in DeKalb County, Illinois, United States. The population was 969 at the 2000 census.



Malta was founded in 1855, under the name of Milton. Shortly afterwards, the name was changed to Etna, and then Malta after the Galena Railway station that serviced the village.

Malta struggled financially until the end of World War I, when an influx of new residents to the area arrived. Currently, Malta is a farming community. It also contains Kishwaukee College, founded in 1968.


Malta is located at 41°55′45″N 88°51′42″W / 41.92917°N 88.86167°W / 41.92917; -88.86167 (41.929243, -88.861743)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²).


Malta has no large businesses. Most are small operations. Farming and the agriculture industry surround the town. Primary crops are corn and soybeans. Hog confinement operations are near the village. A bank, gas station/convenience store, excavating company, laundromat, grain elevator, apple orchard, small restaurant, sandwich shop, a few auto repair facilities, post office, a photographer, a plumbing company, and an auctioneering company make up the businesses in or near the village. A few individuals in the vicinity have their own businesses that involve carpentry, plumbing, landscaping, and animal control.

In 1975 The Farm Progress Show was located on the Willrett farm (Malta, IL).


For many years Malta had its own school system. It is now part of the DeKalb School District.

Kishwaukee College is located just outside of Malta, IL.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 969 people, 372 households, and 264 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,584.0 people per square mile (984.6/km²). There were 389 housing units at an average density of 1,037.3/sq mi (395.2/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 95.98% White, 0.62% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 1.24% from other races, and 1.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.37% of the population.

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