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Bluford, Illinois
Location of Bluford in Jefferson County, Illinois
Location of Bluford in Jefferson County, Illinois
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Country United States
State Illinois
County Jefferson
Township Webber
 • Total 1.55 sq mi (4.01 km2)
 • Land 1.55 sq mi (4.01 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
525 ft (160 m)
 • Total 688
 • Estimate 
 • Density 432.17/sq mi (166.86/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Postal code
Area code(s) 618
FIPS code 17-06964
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Bluford is a village in Jefferson County, Illinois, in the United States. As of the 2010 census the village population was 688, down from 785 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Mount Vernon Micropolitan Statistical Area.


According to the 2010 census, Bluford has a total area of 1.458 square miles (3.78 km2), of which 1.45 square miles (3.76 km2) (or 99.45%) is land and 0.008 square miles (0.02 km2) (or 0.55%) is water.


The town of Bluford was named after Bluford "Bluf" Green (1868–1912) when he was a small boy by his father Wiley Green (1835–1878), who was the local justice of the peace.

An extended story about Bluford by Mrs. Opal H. Wood, follows:

In 1881, before there was a Bluford, construction was started on the Air Line Railroad, later the Southern R.R. George Evans, Mt. Vernon banker, laid out the town on 40 acres of land bisected by the railroad. In 1882, Rev. Z. H. Byard, a United Brethren preacher built the first store building and dwelling. Byard also was the first postmaster in Bluford, and the first railroad station agent. Bluford was incorporated in 1925. Dwight Bressler was its first mayor.

Bluford spread on both sides of the railroad. The south section unofficially was called Tilford, and the north, Bluford, both being names of the sons of Minerva (Flint) and Wiley Green. When son Tilford died, all the town became Bluford. No reason was given why the boys should have been so honored.

  • Jefferson County Historical Society (1978), Facts and Folks A History of Jefferson County, Illinois, Taylor Publishing Company, Dallas, TX, 61


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 517
1940 463 −10.4%
1950 477 3.0%
1960 388 −18.7%
1970 465 19.8%
1980 728 56.6%
1990 747 2.6%
2000 785 5.1%
2010 688 −12.4%
2019 (est.) 669 −2.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 785 people, 283 households, and 223 families residing in the village. The population density was 539.1 people per square mile (207.6/km2). There were 310 housing units at an average density of 212.9 per square mile (82.0/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 98.09% White, 0.13% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 1.02% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.15% of the population.

There were 283 households, out of which 40.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.5% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.2% were non-families. 16.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 28.0% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 13.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 102.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.9 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $38,250, and the median income for a family was $40,515. Males had a median income of $29,205 versus $16,641 for females. The per capita income for the village was $15,537. About 8.8% of families and 7.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.7% of those under age 18 and 10.8% of those age 65 or over.

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