Beardstown, IL Profile: Facts & Data


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The City of Beardstown had a population of 5,932 as of July 1, 2018. Beardstown ranks in the upper 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 Beardstown is located at latitude 40.0099 and longitude -90.4316 in Cass County. The formal boundaries for the City of Beardstown (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.58 sq. miles and a water area of 0.06 sq. miles. Cass County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 453 feet.

The City of Beardstown (GNIS ID: 2394096) 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 City of Beardstown is located within Township of Beardstown, a minor civil division (MCD) of Cass County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Beardstown population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2018.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Beardstown: Beards Ferry.

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Beardstown, IL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 5,932
Population in Households 5,853
Population in Familes 4,677
Population in Group Qrtrs 79
Population Density1 1,659
Diversity Index2 75


Median Household Income $39,705
Average Household Income $51,955
Per Capita Income $18,574


Total Housing Units 2,322 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,339 (57.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 754 (32.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 228 ( 9.8%)
Median Home Value $66,970
Average Home Value $85,325


Total Households 2,094
Average Household Size 2.8
Family Households 1,389
Average Family Size 3
  1. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.38% -0.73%
Households -0.47% -0.78%
Families -0.51% -0.88%
Median Household Income   0.23%
Per Capita Income   1.16%

Beardstown, IL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Beardstown to the other 1,368 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Illinois by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 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 # 306 78th
Population Density # 396 71st
Diversity Index # 45 97th
Median Household Income # 1214 11th
Per Capita Income # 1319 4th

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