Mason City, IL

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Mason City is a city located in Mason County, Illinois. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 2,558.


Mason City is located at 40°12'11" North, 89°41'46" West (40.202965, -89.696109).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.5 km2 (1.0 mi2). 2.5 km2 (1.0 mi2) of it is land and none of it is covered by water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 2,558 people, 1,041 households, and 681 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,007.8/km2 (2,599.1/mi2). There were 1,127 housing units at an average density of 444.0/km2 (1,145.1/mi2). The racial makeup of the city was 99.06% White, 0.04% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.27% from other races, and 0.39% from two or more races. 0.59% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,041 households out of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.3% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.5% were non-families. 31.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.2% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 25.3% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 21.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 87.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,615, and the median income for a family was $47,991. Males had a median income of $35,058 versus $21,875 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,411. 9.3% of the population and 6.8% of families were below the poverty line. 13.6% of those under the age of 18 and 8.0% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

Notable Natives & Former Residents

  • John Means, stand-up comic who performed in the 1980s under the stage name "Dr. Gonzo" and toured with Huey Lewis and the News, was born in Mason City and is now a professor at a nearby college
  • Gordon Buehrig (1904-1990), noted automobile designer, was born in Mason City.