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Lewistown is a city located in Fulton County, Illinois. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 2,522. It is the county seat of Fulton County. Located in central Illinois, it is southwest of Peoria. It is the source of Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters, who lived there. Native American burial mounds are nearby at Dickson Mounds on Illinois State Route 97.
Lewistown is located at 40°23'47" North, 90°9'17" West (40.396254, -90.154609).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.8 km2 (1.8 mi2). 4.8 km2 (1.8 mi2) of it is land and none of it is covered by water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,522 people, 1,092 households, and 661 families residing in the city. The population density was 529.2/km2 (1,372.2/mi2). There were 1,182 housing units at an average density of 248.0/km2 (643.1/mi2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.93% White, 0.08% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.04% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 0.48% from two or more races. 1.07% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 1,092 households out of which 25.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.4% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.4% were non-families. 36.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.89.
In the city the population was spread out with 21.6% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 24.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 88.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $30,943, and the median income for a family was $40,431. Males had a median income of $31,979 versus $19,569 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,620. 7.1% of the population and 4.8% of families were below the poverty line. 5.9% of those under the age of 18 and 8.7% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.