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Location of Hinckley in DeKalb County, Illinois.
Location of Hinckley in DeKalb County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Country United States
State Illinois
County DeKalb
Township Squaw Grove
 • Total 0.85 sq mi (2.21 km2)
 • Land 0.85 sq mi (2.19 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
 • Total 2,006
 • Density 2,368.36/sq mi (914.57/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
Area code(s) 815
FIPS code 17-35268
Wikimedia Commons Hinckley, Illinois

Hinckley is a village in Squaw Grove Township, DeKalb County, Illinois, United States. The population was 2,070 at the 2010 census, up from 1,994 in 2000.


The Village of Hinckley has a memorable history. In the 1830s, a Mr. Hollenbeck (who lived near Ottawa) was traveling the then-unsettled territory. He found a fine grove of trees west of the present-day Hinckley, and named the grove after the Native American women who were tending camp.

Back in Ottawa, word spread of the undeveloped land, and in the spring of 1835, John Sebree built a log house. The next year saw more families come to the area and soon a small town was started at the west edge of what is now Hinckley. The town's name was Squaw Grove.

Hinckley was conceived in the 1870s as the brainchild of Francis Hinckley, president of the Chicago and Iowa Railroad. The rail line was placed one-half mile east of the Village of Squaw Grove, which was then named Hinckley.

From this early birth, much change and innovation would come to Hinckley. Some key dates follow: Methodist Church (1835), first store (1872), Hinckley has 20 businesses (1876), St. Paul's Church (1885), volunteer fire brigade organized (1886), tornado destroys most of village (1889).[1]

On January 7, 1927, the Harlem Globetrotters played their first road game in Hinckley before a crowd of 300. [2]


Hinckley is located at 41°46′17″N 88°38′26″W / 41.77139°N 88.64056°W / 41.77139; -88.64056 (41.771389, -88.640526).

According to the 2010 census, Hinckley has a total area of 0.848 square miles (2.20 km2), of which 0.84 square miles (2.18 km2) (or 99.06%) is land and 0.008 square miles (0.02 km2) (or 0.94%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 368
1890 496 34.8%
1900 587 18.3%
1910 661 12.6%
1920 665 0.6%
1930 626 −5.9%
1940 710 13.4%
1950 774 9.0%
1960 940 21.4%
1970 1,053 12.0%
1980 1,447 37.4%
1990 1,682 16.2%
2000 1,994 18.5%
2010 2,070 3.8%
2020 2,006 −3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,994 people, 730 households, and 556 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,100.7 people per square mile (810.4/km2). There were 761 housing units at an average density of 801.7 per square mile (309.3/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 90.69% White, 1.80% African American, 0.20% Native American, 1.30% Asian, 0.60% from other races, and 1.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.51% of the population.

There were 730 households, out of which 38.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.8% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.8% were non-nuclear families. 18.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.5% 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 3.14.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 28.9% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 33.5% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 9.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.2 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $58,043, and the median income for a family was $65,726. Males had a median income of $45,179 versus $27,500 for females. The per capita income for the village was $23,491. About 3.8% of families and 4.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.0% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over.

Historical highlights

Hinckley was home to the first Harlem Globetrotters away game on January 7, 1927.

In 1981, Hinckley served as stand-in for fictional North Crawford in Jonathan Demme's film adaptation of Who Am I This Time? by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.. Christopher Walken and Susan Sarandon portray two painfully shy people who find one another through a community theater production of "A Streetcar Named Desire", in which they portray the tempestuous Stanley and Stella Kowalski.


Hinckley is a part of the Hinckley-Big Rock Community Unit School District 429, which operates three schools:

  • Hinckley-Big Rock Elementary School is located on the west side of Hinckley on US HWY 30.
  • Hinckley-Big Rock Middle School is located in the center of Big Rock on US HWY 30.
  • Hinckley-Big Rock High School is located on the east side of Hinckley on US HWY 30.
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