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New Bedford
Country United States
State Illinois
County Bureau
Township Greenville
Coordinates 41°30′47″N 89°43′09″W / 41.51306°N 89.71917°W / 41.51306; -89.71917
Area 0.18 sq mi (0 km²)
 - land 0.18 sq mi (0 km²)
 - water 0.00 sq mi (0 km²)
Population 75 (2010)
Density 543.9 /sq mi (210 /km²)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 61346
Area code 815 & 779

New Bedford is a village in Bureau County, Illinois, United States. The population was 75 at the 2010 census, down from 95 in 2000. It is part of the OttawaStreator Micropolitan Statistical Area.


In October 1836, Henry Thomas of West Bureau Township registered land at the narrows (now New Bedford) and for a number of years it was the only registered tract in that section of the county. In the spring of 1837, Cyrus Watson, the first settler on Green river, built a cabin on Thomas' land, believing it to be vacant. About this time a state road was laid from Princeton to Prophetstown on the Rock River, crossing the Green River at this point. Henry Thomas built a ferry boat, and for a number of years it was known as Thomas' Ferry.

Pic.1: Looking Northward from West side of Main Street.
Pic.2: Looking Northward from East side of Main Street.
Pic.3: Looking Northward across the Green River bridge. This section of the river is now called the Old Channel.
Pic.4: Looking Southward across the Green River bridge. Large house on right belonged to the Bollman family.
Pic.5: Spratt Department store on East side of Main street. The cement step still remains, located across the street from the Post Office.
Pic.6: F. Janderson Department store on West side of Main street.


New Bedford is located at 41°30′47″N 89°43′09″W / 41.51306°N 89.71917°W / 41.51306; -89.71917.

According to the 2010 census, New Bedford has a total area of 0.18 square miles (0.47 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 55
1960 166
1970 152 −8.4%
1980 152 0.0%
1990 65 −57.2%
2000 95 46.2%
2010 75 −21.1%
Est. 2015 72 −4.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 95 people, 39 households, and 29 families residing in the village. The population density was 543.9 people per square mile (215.8/km²). There were 42 housing units at an average density of 240.5 per square mile (95.4/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 95.79% White, 1.05% Asian, 3.16% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.16% of the population.

There were 39 households out of which 25.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.4% were married couples living together, 2.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.1% were non-families. 23.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the village, the population was spread out with 20.0% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 24.2% from 25 to 44, 28.4% from 45 to 64, and 18.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 115.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 111.1 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $38,750, and the median income for a family was $41,250. Males had a median income of $30,833 versus $20,417 for females. The per capita income for the village was $14,830. There were no families and 3.3% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 21.4% of those over 64.

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