Meredosia, Illinois

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Meredosia is a village in Morgan County, Illinois, United States. The population was 1,041 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Jacksonville Micropolitan Statistical Area.



Meredosia is located at 39°49′48″N 90°33′30″W / 39.83°N 90.55833°W / 39.83; -90.55833 (39.829947, -90.558426).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.6 km²), of which, 0.9 square miles (2.4 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (8.00%) is water.

Meredosia is the home of the Meredosia National Wildlife Refuge.

Meredosia is known as the catfishing capital of Illinois. Along with that, it is also home to the nuisance fish, Asian carps. There have also been reports that these same fish are kept as pets in many of the local pools throughout the Meredosia area.

Meredosia is also the site of the most northerly verified catch of the Alligator gar, the most recent specimen verified by the Illinois Academy of Sciences was caught there in 1922.[2]


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,041 people, 450 households, and 301 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,130.3 people per square mile (436.9/km²). There were 486 housing units at an average density of 527.7/sq mi (204.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 99.90% White, and 0.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.10% of the population.

There were 450 households out of which 28.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.1% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.1% were non-families. 30.2% 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 2.31 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the village the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 19.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 97.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.3 males.

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