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The Village of Cowden had a population of 675 as of July 1, 2016. Cowden ranks in the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Illinois. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Cowden is located at latitude 39.2492 and longitude -88.8594 in Shelby County. The formal boundaries for the Village of Cowden (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.4 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Shelby County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 597 feet.

The Village of Cowden (GNIS ID: 2398639) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The Village of Cowden is located within Township of Dry Point, a minor civil division (MCD) of Shelby County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Cowden population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Cowden: Cowden City.

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Cowden, IL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 675
Population in Households 675
Population in Familes 562
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 1,680
Diversity Index2 5


Total Households 270
Average Household Size 2.5
Family Households 189
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 272 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 201 (73.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 69 (25.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 2 ( 0.7%)
Median Home Value $68,092
Average Home Value $81,095


Median Household Income $30,962
Average Household Income $44,844
Per Capita Income $17,673
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.14% 0.47%
Households 1.17% 0.44%
Families 2.1% 0.42%
Median Household Income   -0.63%
Per Capita Income   1.05%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Cowden, IL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Cowden to the other 1,368 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Illinois by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 833 39th
Population Density1 # 397 71st
Diversity Index2 # 1248 9th
Median Household Income # 1338 2nd
Per Capita Income # 1316 4th

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