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Downtown Earlville in 2021
Location of Earlville in LaSalle County, Illinois.
Location of Earlville in LaSalle County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Country United States
State Illinois
County LaSalle
Township Earl
Settled 1834
Incorporated 1863
 • Type Mayor–council
 • Total 1.20 sq mi (3.11 km2)
 • Land 1.20 sq mi (3.11 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
698 ft (213 m)
 • Total 1,613
 • Density 1,343.05/sq mi (518.36/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
Area code(s) 815
FIPS code 17-21540
GNIS ID 2394593
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Earlville is a city in LaSalle County, Illinois, United States. The population was 1,701 at the 2010 census, and is estimated to have been 1,570 in 2020. The city is part of the Ottawa, IL Micropolitan Statistical Area.


A post office called Earlville has been in operation since 1844. The city was named after Earlville, New York, the former hometown of an early settler.


Earlville is located at 41°35′19″N 88°55′20″W / 41.588552°N 88.922356°W / 41.588552; -88.922356.

According to the 2010 census, Earlville has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.11 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 963
1890 1,058 9.9%
1900 1,122 6.0%
1910 1,059 −5.6%
1920 1,012 −4.4%
1930 1,028 1.6%
1940 1,103 7.3%
1950 1,217 10.3%
1960 1,420 16.7%
1970 1,410 −0.7%
1980 1,382 −2.0%
1990 1,435 3.8%
2000 1,778 23.9%
2010 1,701 −4.3%
2020 1,613 −5.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the 2010 census, there were 1,701 people and 663 households residing in the city. The population density was 1,417.5 people per square mile (547/km2). There were 763 housing units at an average density of 635.8 per square mile (254.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.2% White, 0.6% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, and 2.8% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.1% of the population.

There were 663 households, out of which 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.3% were married couples living together, 13.7% were single-parent households, and 33.2% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 25.4% under the age of 18 and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36.9 years. Females made up 50.1% of the population.

The median income for a household in the city was $51,964, and the median income for a family was $65,145. Males had a median income of $38,705 versus $24,891 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,063. About 9.2% of families and 13.3% of the population were below the poverty line of which 18.8% were under the age of 18 and 9.7% were aged 65 or over.

Earlville has a modern library, a K-12 school system, a bank, an ambulance and fire station, a weekly newspaper, a drive-in movie theater, and a number of local businesses. The area surrounding Earlville is strongly agricultural. Earlville lacks major shopping centers and industries.

Many of the inhabitants of Earlville work at blue-collar jobs. Earlville's population has remained stable for the past several years. Several planned residential developments of moderate size were derailed by the nationwide housing crash that began in 2008.


Earlville Community Unit School District #9 (CUSD #9) occupies a campus of school buildings on Union Street, a main thoroughfare and former route of US 34. The school has undergone many changes over the last several years, including the recent implementation of a new air conditioning system and re-doing of one of the gyms for the 2021-2022 school year. The campus includes Earlville Grade School, Earlville Junior High, and Earlville High School. The administrative offices are within buildings on the site, which the Elementary, Junior High, and High School share. On the site is also a cafeteria, 2 gymnasiums, and library. The school Mascot is a Raider, stylized as a Pirate, with the school colors of Red and White. The School is a part of the Little Ten Conference, which includes Earlville, Serena, Newark, Indian Creek (Shabbona/Waterman), DePue, Leland, Somonauk, LaMoille, Kirkland Hiawatha, Hinckley Big Rock, and most recently IMSA. Earlville and Leland merged athletic programs in 2006, but separated again in 2018 after failing to come to an agreement regarding the co-op.

Notable people

  • Steve Behel, MLB player for the Milwaukee Brewers and New York Mets
  • Herbert O. Crisler, head football coach and athletic director at University of Michigan, and namesake of Crisler Arena at the university
  • Frank Haven Hall, inventor of the Hall Braille Writer
  • Bessie S. McColgin, Oklahoma state representative
  • John J. Myers, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Newark, N.J
  • Gary K. Wolf, author of the novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit, which became the Movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit

See also

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