Panola, Illinois

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Panola is a village in Woodford County, Illinois, United States. The population was 33 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Peoria, Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Panola is one of the smallest communities in Illinois today. It is located about 2 miles (3.1 km) north of El Paso, along Illinois Route 251 (next to U.S. 51).

Because of its aging population and apparent lack of enthusiasm for others to be involved in operation of the local government, in 2004 the village board of Panola attempted to unincorporate the town. Only one other town in Illinois had successfully unincorporated previously.

Of the 33 residents at the time, 27 had voting rights. The measure failed 16 to 11. It needed a majority to pass.

The name "Panola" was fabricated by J.B. Calhoun, land commissioner of the Illinois Central Railroad, by arbitrarily combining single consonants and vowels (Stewart, pg. 362).



Panola is located at 40°47′6″N 89°1′15″W / 40.785°N 89.02083°W / 40.785; -89.02083 (40.785072, -89.020942).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 33 people, 13 households, and 11 families residing in the village. The population density was 163.5 people per square mile (63.7/km²). There were 14 housing units at an average density of 69.4/sq mi (27.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 93.94% White, and 6.06% Asian.

There were 13 households out of which 23.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 84.6% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 7.7% were non-families. No households were made up of individuals and none had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 2.58.

In the village the population was spread out with 15.2% under the age of 18, 3.0% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 30.3% from 45 to 64, and 24.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 94.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.0 males.

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