Towanda, Illinois

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Towanda is a village in McLean County, Illinois, United States. The population was 493 at the 2000 census. It is part of the BloomingtonNormal Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Landmarks of Towanda include a grain silo complex, local library, and Towanda Elementary School of Normal, Illinois School District Unit Number 5.



Towanda is located at 40°33′52″N 88°53′57″W / 40.56444°N 88.89917°W / 40.56444; -88.89917 (40.564435, -88.899048)[1]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.8 km² (0.7 mi²), all land.

The village gets 37 inches (940 mm) of rain per year. The U.S. average is 37. Snowfall is 24 inches (610 mm). The average U.S. city gets 25 inches (640 mm) of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation in the village is 104.

On average, there are 190 sunny days per year in Towanda, IL. The July high is around 87 degrees. The January low is 16. Towanda-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Illinois state average. It is 114% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On May 5, 1977, there was an F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 22.2 miles (35.7 km) away from the Towanda village center that injured 2 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On July 7, 2004, there was an F4 tornado 23.9 miles (38.5 km) away from the village center that injured 3 people.[1]


As of the census of 2000, there are 493 people, 199 households, and 146 families residing in the village. The population density is 271.9/km² (709.0/mi²). There are 207 housing units at an average density of 114.2 persons/km² (297.7 persons/mi²). The racial makeup of the village is 98.58% White, 0.41% African American, 0.41% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. 0.41% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 199 households out of which 29.1% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.3% are married couples living together, 8.5% have a woman whose husband does not live with her, and 26.6% are non-families. 22.6% of all households are made up of individuals and 7.0% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.48 and the average family size is 2.91.

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