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Location of Gifford in Champaign County, Illinois.
Location of Gifford in Champaign County, Illinois.
Gifford is located in Champaign County, Illinois
Location in Champaign County, Illinois
Gifford is located in Illinois
Location in Illinois
Country United States
State Illinois
County Champaign
 • Total 0.44 sq mi (1.15 km2)
 • Land 0.44 sq mi (1.15 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
799 ft (244 m)
 • Total 8,366
 • Density 18,842.34/sq mi (7,275.98/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Postal code
Area code(s) 217
FIPS code 17-29145

Gifford is a village in Champaign County, Illinois, United States. The population was 911 at the 2020 Census.


Gifford was named for B. F. Gifford.

Gifford was heavily damaged by a tornado on November 17, 2013. The tornado struck shortly before 1:00 PM, destroying more than 20 homes and damaged 200 others.


According to the 2010 census, Gifford has a total area of 0.45 square miles (1.17 km2), all land.


Welcome to Gifford sign
The welcome sign near U.S. 136
Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 124
1960 609
1970 814 33.7%
1980 848 4.2%
1990 845 −0.4%
2000 815 −3.6%
2010 975 19.6%
2020 911 −6.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the 2000 Census, there were 815 people in 301 households, including 222 families, in the village. The population density was 1,288.2 people per square mile (499.5/km2). There were 316 housing units at an average density of 499.5 per square mile (193.7/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.79% White, 0.98% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.49% Asian, 0.25% from other races, and 0.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race comprised 0.37% of the population.

Of the 301 households 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.5% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.2% were non-families. 22.6% of households were made up of individuals, and 11.3% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.85.

The age distribution was 22.5% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 22.9% 65 or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 85.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.8 males.

The median household income was $46,667 and the median family income was $55,375. Males had a median income of $36,905 versus $25,568 for females. The per capita income for the village was $22,040. About 0.9% of families and 1.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.

Sites of interest

  • The Shortline Railroad Prairie comprises six acres of abandoned railroad right-of-way that is owned and maintained by Grand Prairie Friends. It contains a variety of native prairie plants and is located one mile east of Gifford with its west entrance on the east side of County Road 2400 E one-half mile south of U.S. 136.

Notable people

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