San Jose, Illinois

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San Jose is a village in both Logan County, Illinois, United States and Mason County, Illinois, United States, founded in 1858. The population was 696 at the 2000 census. Although the town's name is derived from Spanish, it is pronounced /sæn ˈdʒoʊz/ (listen).



The town of San Jose was founded in 1858. The village was named by Alexander W. Morgan. San Jose is known as the Tri-County village, having its town limits in Mason, Logan and Tazewell counties. It has long been known as a farming community and still prides itself on the same. The Village of San Jose recently hosted its Sesquicentennial on June 27-29, 2008.


San Jose is located at 40°18′14″N 89°36′17″W / 40.30389°N 89.60472°W / 40.30389; -89.60472 (40.303962, -89.604788).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 696 people, 261 households, and 199 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,361.3 people per square mile (526.9/km²). There were 274 housing units at an average density of 535.9/sq mi (207.4/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 99.28% White, 0.29% African American and 0.43% Native American. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.72% of the population.

There were 261 households out of which 37.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.8% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.4% were non-families. 19.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.05.

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