Tamms, Illinois

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Tamms is a village in Alexander County, Illinois, United States. The population was 724 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Cape GirardeauJackson, MO-IL Metropolitan Statistical Area. Tamms is the location of the Tamms Correctional Center, a super-maximum correctional facility operated by the Illinois Department of Corrections that houses the State of Illinois execution chamber.



Tamms is located at 37°14′25″N 89°15′53″W / 37.24028°N 89.26472°W / 37.24028; -89.26472 (37.240207, -89.264822).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6.1 km²). None of the village's land area is covered by water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 724 people, 279 households, and 191 families residing in the village. The population density was 309.4 people per square mile (119.5/km²). There were 316 housing units at an average density of 135.1/sq mi (52.1/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 74.72% White, 23.62% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.14% from other races, and 1.24% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.66% of the population.

There were 279 households out of which 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.2% were married couples living together, 19.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.2% were non-families. 30.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.10.

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