Thomson, Illinois

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Thomson is a village along Illinois Route 84 near the Mississippi River in Carroll County, Illinois, United States. The population was 559 at the 2000 census. Just north of the village is the Thomson Correctional Center, a mostly-unused maximum security state prison.

Thomson is known for watermelons, and it has the nickname "Melon Capital of the World."[1]



Thomson is located at 41°57′37″N 90°6′11″W / 41.96028°N 90.10306°W / 41.96028; -90.10306 (41.960168, -90.103152)[2], about a mile (kilometer and a half) east of the Mississippi River in northwestern Illinois, 9 miles (14 km) northeast of Clinton, Iowa, 38 miles (61 km) northeast of Moline, Illinois in the Quad Cities, and 120 miles (190 km) west of Chicago.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.7 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 559 people, 234 households, and 160 families residing in the village. The population density was 253.2 people per square mile (97.7/km²). There were 244 housing units at an average density of 110.5/sq mi (42.6/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.32% White, 0.54% Native American, 0.89% Asian, 0.36% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.54% of the population.

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