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Ina, Illinois
Location of Ina in Jefferson County, Illinois
Location of Ina 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 Spring Garden
 • Total 2.40 sq mi (6.23 km2)
 • Land 2.40 sq mi (6.23 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
430 ft (130 m)
 • Total 1,641
 • Density 682.33/sq mi (263.45/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 618
FIPS code 17-37179
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Ina is a village in Jefferson County, Illinois, United States. The population was 2,338 as of the 2010 census. It is part of the Mount Vernon Micropolitan Statistical Area.


Ina is located at 38°9′2″N 88°54′17″W / 38.15056°N 88.90472°W / 38.15056; -88.90472 (38.150648, -88.904709).

According to the 2010 census, Ina has a total area of 2.45 square miles (6.35 km2), all land.

Ina was located on high ground adjacent to the Casey Creek/Big Muddy River bottoms. The Big Muddy has since been dammed to form Rend Lake.


Many Cherokee families settled in Ina around 1840. They were apparently refugees from the Trail of Tears. In the 1800s, Ina was jokingly referred to as "the Cherokee Reservation."

The main settlement in this area was Spring Garden, about three miles northeast of Ina. Spring Garden prospered from 1848 until the Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad was built in 1905. After that, the population and business shifted over to the depots at Ina and Bonnie.

Ina is the home of the Big Muddy River Correctional Center and Rend Lake College.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 317
1910 484 52.7%
1920 398 −17.8%
1930 458 15.1%
1940 501 9.4%
1950 432 −13.8%
1960 332 −23.1%
1970 333 0.3%
1980 460 38.1%
1990 489 6.3%
2000 2,455 402.0%
2010 2,338 −4.8%
2020 1,641 −29.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

The following population figures for Ina were greatly influenced by the approximately 1,850 male inmates who were included from the Big Muddy River Correctional Center, which had been annexed to the original village. (The population of the village outside of the Correctional Center was approximately 600 people.) As of the census of 2000, there were officially 2,455 people, 199 households, and 140 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,020.6 people per square mile (393.3/km2). There were 233 housing units at an average density of 96.9 per square mile (37.3/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 55.15% White, 41.79% African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 2.12% from other races, and 0.24% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.48% of the population.

There were 199 households, out of which 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.8% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.6% were non-families. 25.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 5.1% under the age of 18, 18.7% from 18 to 24, 54.9% from 25 to 44, 16.7% from 45 to 64, and 4.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 874.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 1,082.2 males. These last two statistics were heavily influenced by the approximately 1850 male inmates in the Big Muddy River Correctional Center.

The median income for a household in the village was $24,453 and the median income for a family was $32,500. Males had a median income of $33,950 versus $20,625 for females. The per capita income for the village was $8,596. About 10.4% of families and 19.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.4% of those under age 18 and 21.0% of those age 65 or over.


Spring Garden School District 178 operates area schools, including Spring Garden Elementary School (with a Mount Vernon postal address but outside of the city) and Spring Garden Middle School in Ina.

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