Virden, Illinois

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Virden is a city in Macoupin and Sangamon counties in the U.S. state of Illinois. The population was 3,488 at the 2000 census.

The Macoupin County portion of Virden is part of the St. Louis, Missouri–Illinois Metropolitan Statisical Area, while the Sangamon County portion is part of the Springfield Metropolitan Statistical Area. The region around the Virden area is where the two metropolitan areas meet.

Virden was the scene of an 1898 coal miners' strike, during which Mary Harris "Mother" Jones played a major role.



Virden is located at 39°30′N 89°46′W / 39.5°N 89.767°W / 39.5; -89.767 (39.5036, -89.7682).[1] Most of the city lies in Macoupin County, with a small portion extending into Sangamon County. In the 2000 census, 3,378 of the city's 3,488 residents (96.8%) lived in Macoupin County and 110 (3.2%) lived in Sangamon County.[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.5 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 3,488 people, 1,455 households, and 934 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,032.6 people per square mile (783.0/km²). There were 1,609 housing units at an average density of 937.6/sq mi (361.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.80% White, 0.32% African American, 0.40% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.06% from other races, and 0.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.46% of the population.

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