Cambria, IL


Cambria is a village located in Williamson County, Illinois. As of the 2000 census, the village had a total population of 1,330.


As of the census of 2000, there were 1,330 people, 564 households, and 367 families residing in the village. The population density was 374.8/km2 (974.3/mi2). There were 649 housing units at an average density of 182.9/km2 (475.4/mi2). The racial makeup of the village was 95.04% White, 2.26% African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.75% from other races, and 1.43% from two or more races. 1.73% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 564 households out of which 35.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.9% were married couples living together, 14.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.8% were non-families. 28.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the village the population was spread out with 26.3% under the age of 18, 13.4% from 18 to 24, 32.0% from 25 to 44, 17.7% from 45 to 64, and 10.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 91.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.0 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $25,870, and the median income for a family was $34,688. Males had a median income of $27,262 versus $20,750 for females. The per capita income for the village was $12,913. 23.2% of the population and 18.7% of families were below the poverty line. 25.4% of those under the age of 18 and 25.0% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

73.7% of the total village population has their high school diploma or equivalent. This is below the national average of 80.4%. The percentage of the totla population that holds a bachelor's degree or above is also below the national average of 24.4%. Only 12.9% of citizens hold college level degrees.

Political Facts

As of the 2005 election, 959 Cambria citizens were registered to vote. That is approximately 72.1% of the total population.

The Mayor of Cambria is William "Bill" Herron (I), a retired butcher. The mayor serves a four year term, and Herron is in his third consecutive term.

Village trustees are retired civil servant William "Bill" McKenzie (I), Fish and Wildlife Service employee Robert "Bruce" Whitecotton (I), Williamson County Sheriff's Department Captain Les Higgins (I), dental hygenist Jennifer Sherry (I), criminal justice instructor Charles "Rick" Ellett (D), and anestesiologist Chistine Dakin (I). Village trustees serve four year terms.

Village Board meeting are held every first and third Thursday of the month at the Cambria Village Hall located in the old Cambria Grade School.

In recent months the village board has taken on a number of important issues. It has approved a zoning system for the Village of Cambria; this is the first of its kind in the village. In addition to the zoning measures, the building permit (item which all prospective builders must file with the village) has been updated and improved. It has increased from a single page to a paltry thirteen-page packet. Both of these measures passed unamimously despite a viscious rumor campaign that sought to derail progress.

Police and Crime

The Cambria Police Chief is Rick Upton. The Village also maintains a force of five part-time officers and boasts one of the lowest crime rates in Williamson County.

Business and Industry

The village of Cambria, located in the northwestern Williamson County--one of the fastest growing regions in the state. Currently, Cambria has one service station/convenience store, an automotive dealership, and a few auto repair shops.

Cambria is located in the Carterville School Distict Unit 5. The Cambria Grade School closed in 1998 when the Tri-C communities of Carterville, Cambria, and Crainville consolidated all Kindergarten through middle school grade levels.

Cambria is located near John A. Logan College located in Carterville and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

The Village of Cambria is currently seeking businesses to locate in and reside within the limits of Cambria. This is part of Cambria's efforts to become more business and progress oriented.

Faith and Religion

Cambria is home to three major churches. The majority of Cambrians profess the Protestant faith.

Cambria is a dry town (sale of alcohol prohibited). This point is often stressed by Mayor Herron. Some argue that this is an infringement on personal liberties, and it hurts business growth.


Cambria is located at 37°46'59" North, 89°7'7" West (37.783054, -89.118533).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 3.6 km2 (1.4 mi2). 3.5 km2 (1.4 mi2) of it is land and 0.72% is water.