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Atwood, Illinois Post Office, 2007
Atwood, Illinois Post Office, 2007
Location of Atwood in Piatt County, Illinois.
Location of Atwood in Piatt County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Country  United States
State  Illinois
Counties Piatt, Douglas
Townships Unity, Garrett
 • Total 0.61 sq mi (1.59 km2)
 • Land 0.61 sq mi (1.59 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
662 ft (202 m)
 • Total 1,116
 • Density 1,817.59/sq mi (701.86/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
Area code(s) 217
FIPS code 17-02882

Atwood is a village in Douglas and Piatt counties in Illinois, United States. Main Street runs along the county line with Douglas County to the east and Piatt County to the west. The population was 1,116 at the 2020 census.


Atwood is located at 39°48′1″N 88°27′46″W / 39.80028°N 88.46278°W / 39.80028; -88.46278 (39.800396, −88.462862).

According to the 2010 census, Atwood has a total area of 0.63 square miles (1.63 km2), all land.


As of the census of 2000, there were 1,290 people, 534 households, and 371 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,265.8 people per square mile (873.8/km2). There were 566 housing units at an average density of 994.1 per square mile (383.4/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 99.07% White, 0.23% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.31% from other races, and 0.08% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.70% of the population.

There were 534 households, out of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.1% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.5% were non-families. 27.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 25.5% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 17.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.7 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $36,806, and the median income for a family was $45,625. Males had a median income of $35,573 versus $21,595 for females. The per capita income for the village was $18,028. About 7.7% of families and 12.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.7% of those under age 18 and 9.0% of those age 65 or over.

Village President: Christina Stoltz

Village Clerk: Cindy Ard


Atwood has a rich cultural history. The quaint village is the home to the locally well-known "Apple Dumplin' Festival each year." This weekend event features live music, a small-town bazaar, the ever-popular Mud-volleyball tournament, and of course delicious apple dumplings.

The village of Atwood originated as an offshoot of the small settlement of Mackville, located about a mile north of present-day Atwood. Once the railroad went through, Mackville inhabitants would say, "meet me at the woods", thus the beginnings of present-day Atwood. Soon establishments began springing up around the railroad tracks and Mackville slowly dissolved into present-day farmground.

Notable people

  • Kenneth L. Wilson, former commissioner of the Big Ten Conference and president of the United States Olympic Committee, was born in Atwood.
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