Newton, Illinois

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Newton is the county seat of Jasper County, Illinois.[2] The population was 3,069 at the 2000 Census and subsequently reported as 3,141 by a local newspaper in mid-2000.[1] Newton is home to a large coal-fired power plant [2] and Newton Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area.



Newton is located at 38°59′17″N 88°9′52″W / 38.98806°N 88.16444°W / 38.98806; -88.16444 (38.988119, -88.164390).[3] The town is located in the geographic center of Jasper County on a bluff overlooking the Embarras River.[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.8 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 3,069 people, 1,329 households, and 810 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,647.3 people per square mile (637.1/km²). There were 1,490 housing units at an average density of 799.8/sq mi (309.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.99% White, 0.10% African American, 0.20% Asian, 0.23% from other races, and 0.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.59% of the population. Among the White residents, the ancestral origin is primarily German with lesser contributions from England, France and Ireland.[1]

There were 1,329 households out of which 27.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.0% were non-families. 35.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.94.

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