Bone Gap, IL


Bone Gap is a village located in Edwards County, Illinois. As of the 2000 census, the village had a total population of 272.


Bone Gap is located at 38°26'49" North, 87°59'47" West (38.447053, -87.996288).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.6 km2 (0.6 mi2). 1.6 km2 (0.6 mi2) of it is land and none of it is covered by water.


French trappers knew this area before the Americans arrived. This place was called "Bon Pas", perhaps meaning "good path". Americans (from Kentucky) changed this to "Bone Pass", as though it were a "pass" through a mountain range. This was then changed to "Bone Gap", as in the Cumberland Gap. However, in modern times, having the name Bone Gap and being in such close proximity to "Lick Prarie", leaves the town open to much perverted humor.

A Town Without Roads

With the exception of the main highway into town, there are no roads in Bone Gap. The town is connected by a series of alleys, where the sidewalk, when crossing the alley, will actually rise above the road (causing one to have to drive over it like an oversized speed bump). Bone Gap does, however, name their alleys as if they were streets.


As of the census of 2000, there were 272 people, 99 households, and 80 families residing in the village. The population density was 175.0/km2 (450.5/mi2). There were 110 housing units at an average density of 70.8/km2 (182.2/mi2). The racial makeup of the village was 99.26% White, 0.00% African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.00% from other races, and 0.00% from two or more races. 0.00% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 99 households out of which 38.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.7% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.2% were non-families. 18.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the village the population was spread out with 27.9% under the age of 18, 12.9% from 18 to 24, 24.6% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 11.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 95.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.9 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $27,813, and the median income for a family was $33,214. Males had a median income of $21,354 versus $17,500 for females. The per capita income for the village was $10,804. 25.1% of the population and 15.8% of families were below the poverty line. 45.9% of those under the age of 18 and 15.4% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.