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Location of Downs in McLean County, Illinois.
Location of Downs in McLean County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Country United States
State Illinois
County McLean
Townships Downs, Oldtown
 • Total 3.00 sq mi (7.76 km2)
 • Land 3.00 sq mi (7.76 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
807 ft (246 m)
 • Total 1,201
 • Density 400.60/sq mi (154.67/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
Area code(s) 309
FIPS code 17-20643
GNIS ID 2398746
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Downs is a village in McLean County, Illinois, United States. The population was 1,005 at the 2010 census. It is part of the BloomingtonNormal Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Downs is located at 40°23′50″N 88°52′47″W / 40.39722°N 88.87972°W / 40.39722; -88.87972 (40.397171, -88.879818).

According to the 2010 census, Downs has a total area of 2.61 square miles (6.76 km2), all land.


Downs was established in 1870 around a railroad depot. Previously the general area had been known as Priceville. Downs is named for Lawson Downs, a pioneer settler.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 295
1930 295 0.0%
1940 301 2.0%
1950 299 −0.7%
1960 497 66.2%
1970 651 31.0%
1980 561 −13.8%
1990 620 10.5%
2000 776 25.2%
2010 1,005 29.5%
2020 1,201 19.5%
Decennial US Census
Downs water tower
The water tower in Downs.

As of the census of 2000, there were 776 people, 284 households, and 220 families residing in the village. The population density was 286.8 people per square mile (110.6/km2). There were 301 housing units at an average density of 111.3 per square mile (42.9/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.81% White, 0.90% African American, 0.13% Asian, 0.52% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.90% of the population.

Downs Church
Church of Saint Mary in Downs.

There were 284 households, out of which 43.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.8% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.5% were non-families. 17.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 30.3% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 35.4% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 7.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years.

The median income for a household in the village was $53,750, and the median income for a family was $56,932. Males had a median income of $37,188 versus $27,308 for females. The per capita income for the village was $22,468. About 5.0% of families and 4.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.0% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over

As of 2010 the population was 1005. The racial and ethnic make-up of the population is 94.6% Non-Hispanic white, 1.7% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 2.2% two or more races and 0.9% Hispanic or Latino.


Most children in Downs attend the Tri-Valley schools which are part of District #3, offices located on Washington Street. The Tri-Valley schools are small, and the elementary, middle and high school are all located next to one another. At one time all classes were held in one building, which now is rundown. The football team won 2A state final in 2015.

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