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Ogden, Illinois

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Watertower and signposts in Ogden
Watertower and signposts in Ogden
Location of Ogden in Champaign County, Illinois.
Location of Ogden in Champaign County, Illinois.
Ogden is located in Champaign County, Illinois
Location within Champaign County
Ogden is located in Illinois
Ogden (Illinois)
Coordinates: 40°6′49″N 87°57′26″W / 40.11361°N 87.95722°W / 40.11361; -87.95722
CountryUnited States
 • MayorGabe Clements
 • Total0.59 sq mi (1.52 km2)
 • Land0.59 sq mi (1.52 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
671 ft (205 m)
 • Total810
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,365.19/sq mi (527.05/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Postal code
Area code(s)217
FIPS code17-55275

Ogden is a village in Champaign County, Illinois, United States. The population was 810 at the 2010 census.


Ogden is located at 40°6′49″N 87°57′26″W / 40.11361°N 87.95722°W / 40.11361; -87.95722 (40.113693, -87.957099).[3]

According to the 2010 census, Ogden has a total area of 0.57 square miles (1.48 km2), all land.[4]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)800[2]−1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

At the 2000 census there were 743 people, 275 households, and 207 families living in the village. The population density was 1,311.2 people per square mile (503.3/km2). There were 285 housing units at an average density of 502.9/sq mi (193.1/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 99.19% White, 0.27% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.40% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.21%.[6]

Of the 275 households, 41.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.7% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.4% were non-families. 19.3% of households were one person and 9.8% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.11.

The age distribution was 31.0% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% 65 or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 103.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.3 males.

The median household income was $45,083 and the median family income was $48,125. Males had a median income of $36,250 versus $24,327 for females. The per capita income for the village was $19,679. About 2.5% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.1% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.


The public high school district for the community of Ogden is St. Joseph-Ogden High School #305, a school that combines the village of St. Joseph Middle School with Ogden's Prairieview-Ogden Junior High in Flatville, Illinois The local K-6 grade school is Praireview-Ogden South Elementary School #197. Some of the students in the Praireview-Ogden School District will go to neighboring high school in Rantoul, Illinois


The history of Ogden started from Hickory Grove, west of Ogden, which became a campsite for many farmers. John Harmeson came from Anderson, IL to what is now Ogden; he purchased from the government 9,160 acres at $1.20 per acre. The land was divided by his sons, with John receiving the land where Ogden now stands. He sold it to one of his relatives, John Leney, in 1861. The town consisted of nine blocks between Market and Leney Streets, to Broadway and North Street. It was laid out by John Leney in 1870. The town was named after a pioneer settler, John Ogden. An agreement was made that if John sold a tract of land to the railroad company, they would name the town after him. The Ogden family lived just south of town in a log cabin. The first general store opened on June 25, 1870. Ogden had a jail on the property where the village hall now lies. Business owners in Ogden have included J.W. Alsip (general merchandise/grocery), John Alsip (livery stable), James Bensyl (livery Stable), D.E. Helton (Jewelry), and many more. Patrick and William Brennan owned a peddler's wagon going through the countryside ringing its bell and showing many items for sale. They would buy chickens in trade because of the chicken coop attached underneath the wagon to carry them back to the store. The first newspaper in town, the Ogden Sun, began publishing in 1885. Ogden's Fire Department was organized in 1941 with Ray Richardson as chief. In 1912 resident John Rose donated the ground on which to build a town hall, stipulating that one room be reserved for a library. Mr. Rose died in August 1916 and willed $800 to start the library. Past librarians and board members include Lena Ackerman and Florence Sadler. In 1946 the American Legion Post 998 was organized. In 1959, a lot on the northeast corner of Main and East Streets was purchased by the American Legion and plans were made for a Memorial Park which stands today in honor of Ogden war veterans. Around 1871, the Methodist and Christian Churches were erected in Ogden. The first Nazarene church was built in Ogden in 1919. Reverend Clover Keen was the first pastor. Henry Cherry built the parsonage and later deeded it to the church. Henry Cherry's daughter, Nellie McKinney was a pianist for over 48 years. The ground for the first Ogden Methodist Episcopal Church was purchased from John and Mary Leney. A plain wooden building was erected in 1871 and was two stories high. The present Methodist Church of brick structure was built in 1920 and dedicated in 1921. The first board of trustees included Miss Grace Alsip, J.A. Ackerman, Daniel Hahn, and others. Early roads were trails or wagon roads. When a rut became too large for comfort, all the traveler had to do was travel elsewhere in parallel lines, where mud had not been made. By repetition of this process, roads often attained great width. In 1927-29 Route 49 was paved. The first railway in the Ogden area was an east–west line with stations in Ogden, St. Joseph, Urbana, Champaign, and Mahomet. The name of this railroad line was the Champaign-Urbana, Danville Interurban. The telephone system was established in 1899 and was owned by the local farmers. Ogden's rural route was established in 1903 with Thomas Carpenter as the first postmaster. A tornado did extensive damage to the downtown area of Ogden in March 1976, and a devastating F-3 tornado with winds estimated at 170 M.P.H. hit Ogden on April 19, 1996, leaving a path of destruction from one end of town to the other. When the 1996 tornado was over, more than 200 homes received major damage, 80 homes were completely destroyed and 13 people suffered minor injuries. With help from government agencies, surrounding communities, and thousands of volunteers Ogden recovered. Over the years Ogden has proven itself a resilient community with supportive and caring residents.

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  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 14, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  4. ^ "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2020-02-13. Retrieved 2015-12-25.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
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