New Boston, Illinois

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New Boston is a city in Mercer County, Illinois, United States. The population was 632 at the 2000 census.



New Boston is located at 41°10′10″N 90°59′48″W / 41.16944°N 90.99667°W / 41.16944; -90.99667 (41.169570, -90.996709).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km²), of which, 0.9 square miles (2.4 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.2 km²) of it (32.37%) is water.

The community is located at the state line, across the river from Iowa.

New Boston is five miles south of Lock and Dam No. 17 on the Mississippi River. New Boston is located on the east bank of the Mississippi at the confluence of the Mississippi and Eliza Creek. Directly across the Mississippi is the mouth of the Iowa River. Much of the natural area surrounding New Boston is part of the Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge. The river valley at New Boston is surrounded on both sides by gently rolling bluffs interspersed with rich parcels of wetlands that provide critical wildlife habitat; especially critical habitat for migratory birds. [2]

Here's a panoramic photo of New Boston's river front as seen from across the Mississippi (large download). [3]

Boston Bay is an area of water adjacent to the Mississippi River, at the mouth of Eliza Creek, to the north of New Boston. It is across the Mississippi from its confluence with the Iowa River.[4]


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 632 people, 269 households, and 177 families residing in the city. The population density was 672.6 people per square mile (259.6/km²). There were 317 housing units at an average density of 337.4/sq mi (130.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.53% White, 0.16% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.16% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.32% of the population.

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