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Pontoon Beach
Country United States
State Illinois
County Madison
Coordinates 38°43′34″N 90°3′38″W / 38.72611°N 90.06056°W / 38.72611; -90.06056
Area 8.5 sq mi (22 km2)
 - land 8.5 sq mi (22 km2)
Population 5,620 (2000)
Density 686.9 /sq mi (265 /km2)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 62040
Area code 618
Location of Pontoon Beach within Illinois
Location of Pontoon Beach within Illinois
Wikimedia Commons: Pontoon Beach, Illinois

Pontoon Beach is a village in Madison County, Illinois, United States. The population was 5,620 at the 2000 census.



Pontoon Beach is located at 38°43′34″N 90°3′38″W / 38.72611°N 90.06056°W / 38.72611; -90.06056 (38.726078, -90.060505).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 8.5 square miles (21.9 km²), of which, 8.2 square miles (21.2 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²) of it (3.31%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 5,620 people, 2,134 households, and 1,519 families residing in the village. The population density was 686.9 people per square mile (265.3/km²). There were 2,341 housing units at an average density of 286.1/sq mi (110.5/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 87.72% White, 8.88% African American, 0.55% Native American, 0.78% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.71% from other races, and 1.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.92% of the population.

There were 2,134 households out of which 38.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.9% were married couples living together, 16.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.8% were non-families. 22.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the village the population was spread out with 28.2% under the age of 18, 11.0% from 18 to 24, 30.6% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 8.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 96.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.9 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $38,348, and the median income for a family was $45,947. Males had a median income of $36,338 versus $26,220 for females. The per capita income for the village was $15,960. About 8.7% of families and 10.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.4% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.

City Facts

Pontoon Beach has a growing town with more homes and businesses, including Gateway Commercial Business Center, Flying J, and Hen House. It has a school in Grigsby Middle School. Pontoon Beach has built a new City Hall and Police Department in the last 3 years, and more hotels, Restaurants, and Gas Stations have been also built. Another main feature of the town is the 3/8 mile Tri City Speedway located off Highway 203. The dirt race track was a 1/2 and 1/4 mile complex until construction began on the new 3/8 mile dirt track in December 2006. Also, the racing for 2007 has been moved to Friday nights. The track features weekly modifieds, late models, street stocks, and factory stocks with occasional Sprint Car and go kart racing. The town's projected 2010 US Census population is estimated to be at 11,450. Jim Denham of New Beginnings Party is the mayor.

Notable Native

  • Fred Shafer creator of the Bearfoot monster truck and three time USHRA Camel Mud and Monster Series champion. He retired in 1997.


  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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