Oblong, IL


Oblong is a village located in Crawford County, Illinois. As of the 2000 census, the village had a total population of 1,580. One of its claims to fame is being the only town with its name in the world; proclaiming this to the world with its town sign, "The Only Oblong Welcomes You." Another is that it is the home of the Illinois Oil Field Museum and Resource Center at Oblong, Illinois, a collection of early oilfield artifacts from the early days of the industry in the Illinois Basin and a resource center featuring a collection of early oil field records and resource books.

Oblong also boasts the largest nighttime marching band parade competition in the state of Illinois. The annual parade caps off the Oblong "Fall Follies" fall festival and event attended each year by hundreds of vendors and tens of thousands of spectators.


Oblong is located at 39°0'5" North, 87°54'30" West (39.001274, -87.908470).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.5 km2 (1.0 mi2). 2.5 km2 (0.9 mi2) of it is land and 1.04% is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 1,580 people, 681 households, and 439 families residing in the village. The population density was 642.1/km2 (1,662.8/mi2). There were 761 housing units at an average density of 309.3/km2 (800.9/mi2). The racial makeup of the village was 98.92% White, 0.19% African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.00% from other races, and 0.51% from two or more races. 0.57% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 681 households out of which 27.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.9% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.4% were non-families. 32.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the village the population was spread out with 22.8% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 23.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 81.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.5 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $27,409, and the median income for a family was $36,532. Males had a median income of $27,135 versus $20,560 for females. The per capita income for the village was $14,926. 9.9% of the population and 7.0% of families were below the poverty line. 15.0% of those under the age of 18 and 5.6% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.