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Cowden, Illinois - Basic Facts

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The Village of Cowden had a population of 682 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Cowden: Cowden City.

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Cowden, IL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 682
Daytime Population: Workers 223
Daytime Population: Residents 360
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 583
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.85
Population in Households 682
Population in Familes 569
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 1,697
Diversity Index3 5


Median Household Income $32,531
Average Household Income $46,807
Per Capita Income $18,461


Total Housing Units 277 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 202 (72.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 70 (25.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 5 ( 1.8%)
Median Home Value $72,024
Average Home Value $86,015


Total Households 272
Average Household Size 2.51
Family Households 191
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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 1.12% 0.18%
Households 1.11% 0.22%
Families 1.95% 0.1%
Median Household Income   0.94%
Per Capita Income   2.55%

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, 2017 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 # 821 40th
Population Density # 387 72nd
Diversity Index # 1239 10th
Median Household Income # 1335 2nd
Per Capita Income # 1311 4th

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