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Country United States
State Illinois
County Henderson
Township Oquawka
Elevation 562 ft (171 m)
Coordinates 40°56′20″N 90°56′57″W / 40.93889°N 90.94917°W / 40.93889; -90.94917
Area 1.9 sq mi (5 km2)
 - land 1.9 sq mi (5 km2)
Population 1,539 (2000)
Density 1,051.8 /sq mi (406 /km2)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 61469
Area code 309
Location of Oquawka within Illinois
Location of Oquawka within Illinois
Wikimedia Commons: Oquawka, Illinois

Oquawka is a village in Henderson County, Illinois, United States. The population was 1,539 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Henderson County.[1]

Oquawka is part of the Burlington, IA–IL Micropolitan Statistical Area.



Oquawka is located at 40°56′20″N 90°56′57″W / 40.93889°N 90.94917°W / 40.93889; -90.94917 (40.938880, -90.949044).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.8 km²), of which, 1.5 square miles (3.8 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²) of it (21.08%) is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,539 people, 656 households, and 421 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,051.8 people per square mile (407.0/km²). There were 736 housing units at an average density of 503.0/sq mi (194.6/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.38% White, 0.06% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.13% Asian, and 1.30% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.71% of the population.

There were 656 households out of which 26.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.2% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.8% were non-families. 31.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the village the population was spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 18.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 93.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.9 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $32,500, and the median income for a family was $38,152. Males had a median income of $29,333 versus $18,571 for females. The per capita income for the village was $15,254. About 8.4% of families and 12.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.6% of those under age 18 and 11.4% of those age 65 or over.

Local Attractions

Within the city exists a memorial and grave marker to a circus elephant named Norma Jean, who perished on July 17, 1972 after being struck by lightning. The pachyderm was attached to a small circus that performed in the city. Norma Jean was buried on the spot, and the circus, without its star attraction, closed within a year. Later, local pharmacist Wade Meloan spearheaded the drive to build the monument that stands over her grave.

A grave marker for Norma Jean the elephant.


  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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