Alma, Illinois

Coordinates: 38°43′22″N 88°54′42″W / 38.72278°N 88.91167°W / 38.72278; -88.91167
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Alma, Illinois
Location in Marion County, Illinois
Location in Marion County, Illinois
Alma is located in the United States
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 38°43′22″N 88°54′42″W / 38.72278°N 88.91167°W / 38.72278; -88.91167[1]
CountryUnited States
 • MayorRussell Swift
 • Total1.13 sq mi (2.93 km2)
 • Land1.13 sq mi (2.93 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation627 ft (191 m)
 • Total318
 • Density280.92/sq mi (108.42/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code618
FIPS code17-00919
GNIS ID2397940[1]

Alma is a village in Marion County, Illinois, United States. The population was 318 at the 2020 census.[3]


Alma was originally called "Rantoul", and under the latter name was laid out in 1854. The present name, adopted in 1855, commemorates the Battle of the Alma in the Crimean War.[4] The village post office named "Grand Mound City" was changed to "Alma" in 1855 as well.[4]


Alma is located in northern Marion County. Illinois Route 37 passes through the village center, leading northeast 5 miles (8 km) to Kinmundy and south 7 miles (11 km) to Salem, the county seat. Interstate 57 touches the northwest corner of the village, with the closest access from Exit 127, 3 miles (5 km) to the north.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Alma has a total area of 1.13 square miles (2.93 km2), all land.[2] The village sits on a slight hilltop that drains north to Warren Branch, a tributary of the East Fork of the Kaskaskia River, and south to the headwaters of Crooked Creek, a west-flowing tributary of the Kaskaskia.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, 386 people, 167 households, and 101 families were residing in the village. The population density was 357.5 inhabitants per square mile (138.0/km2). The 179 housing units were at an average density of 165.8 per square mile (64.0/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 99.22% White, 0.26% African American and 0.52% Native American.

Of the 167 households, 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.5% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.5% were non-families. 37.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 25.4% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 17.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.7 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $27,083, and the median income for a family was $30,208. Males had a median income of $30,938 versus $17,308 for females. The per capita income for the village was $12,693. About 14.1% of families and 24.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 37.1% of those under age 18 and 16.7% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Alma, Illinois
  2. ^ a b "2022 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Illinois". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 23, 2023.
  3. ^ a b "P1. Race – Alma village, Illinois: 2020 DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171)". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved February 23, 2023.
  4. ^ a b Callary, Edward (September 29, 2008). Place Names of Illinois. University of Illinois Press. p. 6. ISBN 978-0-252-09070-7.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.