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Amboy, Illinois
Downtown Amboy, Illinois
Downtown Amboy, Illinois
Location of Amboy in Lee County, Illinois.
Location of Amboy in Lee County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Country United States
State Illinois
County Lee
Area
 • Total 6.37 sq mi (16.49 km2)
 • Land 6.37 sq mi (16.49 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 2,500
 • Estimate 
(2019)
2,321
 • Density 364.48/sq mi (140.72/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
61310
Area codes 815, 779
FIPS code 17-01270
Wikimedia Commons Amboy, Illinois

Amboy is a city in Lee County, Illinois, United States, along the Green River. The population was 2,500 at the 2010 census. The chain of Carson Pirie Scott & Co. began in Amboy when Samuel Carson opened his first dry goods store there in 1854. The Christian denomination Community of Christ, formerly the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, had a general conference in Amboy on April 6, 1860, at which time Joseph Smith III reorganized the church founded by his father Joseph Smith, Jr.

History

Amboy had its start in the 1850s when the Illinois Central Railroad was extended to that point.

Geography

Amboy is located at 41°42′52″N 89°19′58″W / 41.71444°N 89.33278°W / 41.71444; -89.33278 (41.714411, -89.332671).

According to the 2010 census, Amboy has a total area of 6.29 square miles (16.29 km2), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,615
1870 2,825 74.9%
1880 2,448 −13.3%
1890 2,257 −7.8%
1900 1,826 −19.1%
1910 1,749 −4.2%
1920 1,944 11.1%
1930 1,972 1.4%
1940 1,986 0.7%
1950 2,128 7.2%
1960 2,067 −2.9%
1970 2,184 5.7%
1980 2,377 8.8%
1990 2,377 0.0%
2000 2,561 7.7%
2010 2,500 −2.4%
2019 (est.) 2,321 −7.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

At the 2000 census there were 2,561 people, known as Amboian, 963 households, and 651 families in the city. The population density was 2,035.5 people per square mile (784.8/km2). There were 1,048 housing units at an average density of 832.9 per square mile (321.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.97% White, 0.78% African American, 0.04% Native American, 0.23% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.15%.

Of the 963 households 34.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.9% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.3% were non-families. 28.8% of households were one person and 15.3% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.12.

The age distribution was 27.6% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 18.7% from 45 to 64, and 17.7% 65 or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.8 males.

The median household income was $36,250 and the median family income was $42,027. Males had a median income of $35,250 versus $26,105 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,183. About 4.4% of families and 8.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.4% of those under age 18 and 9.3% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

  • Betty Degner, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player
  • Augustus Newnham Dickens, brother of Charles Dickens
  • Henry F. McElroy, Missouri businessman and politician
  • Michael M. Mihm (born 1943), Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois.
  • David C. Shapiro, dentist and Illinois state legislator
  • Frank Shaughnessy, Notre Dame football player, pro baseball player and executive

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