Cambridge population slips by 20

Lisa Depies
Cambridge's old village hall

Cambridge’s population has decreased by 20 since the last census, slipping from 2,180 in 2000 to 2,160 in 2010.

Only six Henry County communities gained population during the decade.

Orion gained 148 residents, from 1,713 to 1,861; followed by Geneseo, up 106; Hooppole, up 42; Annawan, up 10; Bishop Hill, up three; and Woodhull, up two.

The government’s 2010 census figures show Geneseo having a population of 6,586, an increase of 1.6 percent over the 6,480 figure recorded during the 2000 census.

In comparison to its total population, Hooppole had the largest increase in population in the county. The village had 162 residents in 2000 and increased to 204 in 2010.

Galva lost 169 residents in the decade between census counts. Other communities with declining population numbers include Colona down 75, Cleveland down 65, Alpha down 55, Atkinson down 29, Kewanee down 28, and Andover down 16.

In comparison to its total population, Cleveland had the largest decrease in population numbers in the county. The village had 253 residents in 2000 and only 188 in 2010, a change of 25.7 percent.

Henry County lost 1 percent of its population between the two most recent census counts.

The current population of Henry County is 50,486, down from 51,020 in 2000.

In the decades between the 1950s’ census and the 1980s’ census Henry County steadly gained in population numbers.

The county hit a peak population of 57,968 in the 1980 census before declining in the decades after.

The state of Illinois also gained residents in the recent census counting. A total of 3.3 percent more people live in the state in 2010 than did a decade prior.

Illinois remains the fifth-largest state in the nation with a population of more than 12.8 million.

The top five counties in Illinois based on population are: Cook, DuPage, Lake, Will, and Kane.

The five largest cities are Chicago (2,695,598), Aurora (197,899), Rockford (152,871), Joliet (147,433), and Naperville (141,853), with Springfield (116,250), Peoria (115,007), Champaign (81,055), Bloomington (76,610) and Decatur (76,122) having the largest populations downstate.