Shabbona, Illinois

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Shabbona is a village in DeKalb County, Illinois, United States. The population was 929 at the 2000 census.

The village takes its name from the Potawatomi chief and peacemaker Shabbona. Chief Shabbona traveled through the Fox Valley warning the white people about the approaching war Black Hawk was going to wage. He was hailed as the "Whiteman's Friend". When Shabbona was in Kansas visiting relatives, his land was appropriated.[citation needed]



Shabbona is located at 41°46′3″N 88°52′29″W / 41.7675°N 88.87472°W / 41.7675; -88.87472 (41.767381, -88.874677)[1]. Shabbona Lake State Park is located nearby.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.9 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 929 people, 329 households, and 224 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,252.7 people per square mile (484.7/km²). There were 347 housing units at an average density of 467.9/sq mi (181.1/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.49% White, 0.22% African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.65% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.08% of the population.

There were 329 households out of which 41.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.9% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.9% were non-families. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.28.

In the village the population was spread out with 28.6% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 19.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 78.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.4 males.

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