Bismarck, Illinois

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Bismarck is a village in Newell Township, Vermilion County, Illinois, United States. It is part of the 'Danville, Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Area'. The population was 542 at the 2000 census.



The original settlement in this immediate area was to the west of Bismarck's location, where the Hubbard Trail and the North Fork of the Vermilion River crossed. It was originally called Franklin when it was founded in 1837, but it only lasted a few years. Later, in 1843, Brothers John and Samuel Myers built a mill near the site of Franklin, and a town called Myersville later grew up there.

In 1872, the C&EI Railroad went through the area; the tracks did not go through Myersville, but passed one and a half miles to the east. Gradually, the town moved toward the railroad on land donated by Charles S. Young and Dr. John B. Holloway. Young named the town Bismarck after the German statesman and chancellor Otto von Bismarck who he so admired.[1]


Bismarck is located at 40°15′45″N 87°36′36″W / 40.2625°N 87.61°W / 40.2625; -87.61 (40.262371, -87.609876)[2], about 8 miles north of the county seat of Danville.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²), all of it land.


Public schools include Bismarck Henning Grade School, Bismarck Henning Junior High School, and Bismarck Henning High School.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 542 people, 204 households, and 158 families residing in the village. The population density was 797.8 people per square mile (307.7/km²). There were 210 housing units at an average density of 309.1/sq mi (119.2/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 99.63% White, 0.18% Native American, and 0.18% from two or more races.

There were 204 households out of which 42.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.6% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.5% were non-families. 19.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.08.

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