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Ladd, Illinois
Location of Ladd in Bureau County, Illinois.
Location of Ladd in Bureau County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Country United States
State Illinois
County Bureau
Township Hall
 • Total 1.21 sq mi (3.13 km2)
 • Land 1.21 sq mi (3.13 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)  0%
 • Total 1,263
 • Density 1,044.67/sq mi (403.49/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
Area code(s) 815
FIPS code 17-40598
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Ladd is a village in Bureau County, Illinois, United States. The population was 1,295 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Ottawa Micropolitan Statistical Area. Ladd is most known for Rip's Tavern (which serves about 1,200 orders of fried chicken on a busy night), and for a Vietnam War tank located in the center of its park.


Ladd was incorporated on June 7, 1890, and was founded by George D. Ladd, a resident of Peru, Illinois. Ladd was originally named Laddville, and in its heyday was like most of the towns in the area, a coal mining town. In 2015 the village will celebrate its 125-year anniversary. The local grade school was replaced in the summer of 2009; prior to that the grade school occupied the building that originally housed Hall High School until the new school was constructed in 1911 in Spring Valley, at which time the old high school became the new Ladd C.C. School which had previously been a little three-room building behind the high school.


Ladd is located at 41°22′53″N 89°12′58″W / 41.38139°N 89.21611°W / 41.38139; -89.21611 (41.381264, -89.216056), one mile north of Interstate 80 on Illinois Route 89. It is located between the village of Cherry to the north and the city of Spring Valley to the south.

According to the 2010 census, Ladd has a total area of 1.18 square miles (3.06 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 1,324
1910 1,910 44.3%
1920 2,040 6.8%
1930 1,318 −35.4%
1940 1,156 −12.3%
1950 1,224 5.9%
1960 1,255 2.5%
1970 1,328 5.8%
1980 1,337 0.7%
1990 1,283 −4.0%
2000 1,313 2.3%
2010 1,295 −1.4%
2020 1,263 −2.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,313 people, 559 households, and 375 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,100.2 people per square mile (426.0/km2). There were 584 housing units at an average density of 489.4 per square mile (189.5/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.41% White, 0.08% African American, 0.08% Asian, 1.83% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.66% of the population.

There were 559 households, out of which 27.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.8% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.9% were non-families. 29.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 23.0% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 20.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.6 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $41,029, and the median income for a family was $49,783. Males had a median income of $38,125 versus $23,750 for females. The per capita income for the village was $21,696. About 3.2% of families and 4.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.4% of those under age 18 and 7.2% of those age 65 or over.

Notable person

  • Henry J. Knauf, Illinois legislator and businessman, lived in Ladd.
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