Gays, Illinois

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Population in 2013: 280 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: +8.1%
 
Males: 121  (43.4%)
Females: 159  (56.6%)
Median resident age:  43.5 years
Illinois median age:  37.2 years

Zip codes: 61928.

Estimated median household income in 2013: $50,102 (it was $42,500 in 2000)
Gays:

$50,102
IL:

$56,210

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $21,963 (it was $19,131 in 2000)

Gays village income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $61,309 (it was $55,000 in 2000)
Gays:

$61,309
IL:

$169,600

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $66,749; Detached houses: $73,612; Mobile homes: $23,315

Median gross rent in 2013: $731.

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  • Races in Gays, IL (2010)

    Gays races chart
    • 27698.2%White alone
    • 31.1%American Indian alone
    • 20.7%Two or more races

Races in Gays detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Gays: 85.7 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (28.0%), Irish (12.7%), United States (11.9%), English (7.6%), French (7.2%), Polish (1.7%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 01/25/1906

Elevation: 755 feet

Land area: 0.41 square miles.

Population density: 685 people per square mile   (low).

Gays,IL real estate house value index trend

Gays, Illinois map

For population 25 years and over in Gays:

  • High school or higher: 92.6%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 8.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 2.6%
  • Unemployed: 5.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.7 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Gays village:

  • Never married: 30.9%
  • Now married: 50.9%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 5.5%
  • Divorced: 12.7%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,408 (2.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $1,173 (2.0%)

Gays satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Decatur, IL (36.2 miles , pop. 81,860).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: St. Louis, MO (110.0 miles , pop. 348,189).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (170.2 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Windsor, IL (2.3 miles ), Mattoon, IL (2.6 miles ), Allenville, IL (2.7 miles) , Neoga, IL (3.1 miles ), Strasburg, IL (3.1 miles ), Sullivan, IL (3.4 miles ), Lerna, IL (3.4 miles ), Humboldt, IL (3.7 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 2 buildings, average cost: $20,000
  • 1998: 1 building, cost: $60,000
  • 1999: 1 building, cost: $50,000
  • 2000: 3 buildings, average cost: $40,000
  • 2003: 1 building, cost: $125,000

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 39.46 N, Longitude: 88.50 W

Area code: 217

Gays household income distribution Gays home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

5.5%
Illinois:

7.1%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: +22 (+9.3%).
Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (42%)
  • Construction (17%)
  • Retail trade (15%)
  • Health care and social assistance (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Information (3%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (3%)
  • Health care and social assistance (22%)
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Manufacturing (12%)
  • Information (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Educational services (8%)
  • Wholesale trade (6%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Production occupations (23%)
  • Management occupations (17%)
  • Material moving occupations (12%)
  • Sales and related occupations (9%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (9%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (9%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (35%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (11%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Transportation occupations (7%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (5%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (5%)
  • Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations (5%)

Work and jobs in Gays: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Gays, Illinois

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Gays-area historical tornado activity is near Illinois state average. It is 67% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 3/20/1976, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 28.6 miles away from the Gays village center injured 18 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 8/21/1977, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 8.4 miles away from the village center killed 6 people and injured 56 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Gays-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Illinois state average. It is 77% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 77.0 miles away from the city center
On 6/10/1987 at 23:48:54, a magnitude 5.1 (4.9 MB, 4.4 MS, 4.6 MS, 5.1 LG) earthquake occurred 55.0 miles away from Gays center
On 6/18/2002 at 17:37:15, a magnitude 5.0 (4.3 MB, 4.6 MW, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 108.9 miles away from the city center
On 4/18/2008 at 15:14:16, a magnitude 4.8 (4.5 MB, 4.8 MW, 4.6 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 76.4 miles away from the city center
On 4/3/1974 at 23:05:02, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 LG) earthquake occurred 63.7 miles away from Gays center
On 9/26/1990 at 13:18:51, a magnitude 5.0 (4.7 MB, 4.8 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 7.7 mi) earthquake occurred 168.2 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Moultrie County (6) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 4
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 4, Floods: 2, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snow: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Tornado: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Gays topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Gays:

  • DOUGLAS REHABILITATION AND CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; MATTOON, IL)
  • PALM TERRACE OF MATTOON (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; MATTOON, IL)
  • ODD FELLOW-REBEKAH HOME (Nursing Home, about 8 miles away; MATTOON, IL)
  • HEARTLAND CHRISTIAN VILLAGE (Nursing Home, about 10 miles away; NEOGA, IL)
  • SULLIVAN REHAB AND HLTH CARE CTR (Nursing Home, about 11 miles away; SULLIVAN, IL)
  • EASTVIEW TERRACE (Nursing Home, about 12 miles away; SULLIVAN, IL)
  • PATTERSON HOUSE (Hospital, about 12 miles away; SULLIVAN, IL)

Amtrak station near Gays:

  • 7 miles: MATTOON (1718 BROADWAY) . Services: enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Gays:

  • Lake Land College (about 7 miles; Mattoon, IL; Full-time enrollment: 7,499)
  • Eastern Illinois University (about 18 miles; Charleston, IL; FT enrollment: 9,414)
  • Richland Community College (about 37 miles; Decatur, IL; FT enrollment: 2,434)
  • Millikin University (about 37 miles; Decatur, IL; FT enrollment: 2,419)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (about 48 miles; Champaign, IL; FT enrollment: 47,528)
  • Parkland College (about 48 miles; Champaign, IL; FT enrollment: 7,326)
  • Indiana State University (about 59 miles; Terre Haute, IN; FT enrollment: 10,925)

Private elementary/middle school in Gays:

  • HERITAGE BAPTIST ACADEMY (Students: 17; Location: 717 FRONT ST; Grades: KG - 10)

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Church in Gays: Gays Christian Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Cemetery: Branch Side Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Moultrie County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 3.8%
(4.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents)
Average household size:
This village:  2.6 people
Illinois:  2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This village:  75.5%
Whole state:  65.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This village:  8.5%
Whole state:  6.3%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Gays compared to Illinois state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

6.6
Illinois average:

12.4

Gays travel time to work - commute Gays mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (85%)
  • Electricity (9%)
  • Wood (3%)
  • Other fuel (2%)

Presidential Elections Results

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Gays village (based on Moultrie County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant5,14830
Mainline Protestant2,3379
Catholic3962
Other3-
None6,962-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 2
Moultrie County:

1.40 / 10,000 pop.
Illinois:

2.24 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Moultrie County:

0.70 / 10,000 pop.
Illinois:

0.75 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 6
Moultrie County:

4.19 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.61 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 6
Here:

4.19 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.86 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

9.2%
Illinois:

8.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Moultrie County:

26.5%
Illinois:

25.2%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

5.8%
State:

14.5%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 0$0 1$44
Other Government Administration 0$0 8$209
Totals for Government 0$0 9$253

Gays government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Financial Administration: $19,000 ($67.86)
    Parks & Recreation: $3,000 ($10.71)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $13,000 ($46.43)

Gays government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $5,000 ($17.86)
    Interest Earnings: $4,000 ($14.29)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Support: $23,000 ($82.14)
    Highways: $7,000 ($25.00)
  • Tax - Property: $6,000 ($21.43)

Gays government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $134,000 ($478.57)

6.30% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($31,039 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.30%
Illinois average:

4.45%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Macon County, IL  1.34% ($36,234 average AGI)
from Coles County, IL  0.95% ($22,800)
from Douglas County, IL  0.62% ($36,167)


6.13% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($36,788 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.13%
Illinois average:

4.96%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Macon County, IL  1.09% ($33,635 average AGI)
to Coles County, IL  0.92% ($26,264)
to Douglas County, IL  0.59% ($41,794)

Strongest AM radio stations in Gays:

  • WLBH (1170 AM; daytime; 5 kW; MATTOON, IL; Owner: MATTOON BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KXEN (1010 AM; 50 kW; FESTUS-ST. LOUIS, MO; Owner: BDJ RADIO ENTERPRISES, LLC)
  • KMOX (1120 AM; 50 kW; ST. LOUIS, MO; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WILL (580 AM; 5 kW; URBANA, IL; Owner: UNIV. OF ILLINOIS BOARD OF TRUSTEES)
  • WEIC (1270 AM; 1 kW; CHARLESTON, IL; Owner: COM-STAT COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WIBC (1070 AM; 50 kW; INDIANAPOLIS, IN; Owner: EMMIS RADIO LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • WLS (890 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WLS, INC.)
  • WSCR (670 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WGN (720 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WGN CONTINENTAL BROADCASTING CO.)
  • WBBM (780 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WYLL (1160 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: SCA LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • WMVP (1000 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • WHAS (840 AM; 50 kW; LOUISVILLE, KY; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Gays:

  • WLBH-FM (96.9 FM; MATTOON, IL; Owner: MATTOON BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WMCI (101.3 FM; NEOGA, IL; Owner: THE CROMWELL GROUP, INC. OF ILLINOIS)
  • W201AD (88.1 FM; MATTOON, IL; Owner: ILLINOIS BIBLE INSTITUTE, INC.)
  • WWGO (92.1 FM; CHARLESTON, IL; Owner: WHQQ, INC)
  • WXET (107.9 FM; ARCOLA, IL; Owner: PREMIER BROADCASTING, INC)
  • WLKL (89.9 FM; MATTOON, IL; Owner: COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT #517)
  • WZNX (106.7 FM; SULLIVAN, IL; Owner: WSHY, INC.)
  • WHQQ (98.9 FM; NEOGA, IL; Owner: WSHY, INC.)
  • WEJT (105.1 FM; SHELBYVILLE, IL; Owner: THE CROMWELL GROUP, INC. OF ILLINOIS)
  • WCRC (95.7 FM; EFFINGHAM, IL; Owner: TWO PETAZ, INC.)
  • W204BG (88.7 FM; EFFINGHAM, IL; Owner: BIBLE BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WILL-FM (90.9 FM; URBANA, IL; Owner: UNIV. OF ILLINOIS BOARD OF TRUSTEES)
  • WRAN (98.3 FM; TOWER HILL, IL; Owner: KASKASKIA BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WCBH (104.3 FM; CASEY, IL; Owner: TWO PETAZ, INC.)
  • WKJT (102.3 FM; TEUTOPOLIS, IL; Owner: JOHN W. KIRBY)
  • WZUS (100.9 FM; MACON, IL; Owner: THE CROMWELL GROUP, INC. OF ILLINOIS)
  • WXEF (97.9 FM; EFFINGHAM, IL; Owner: PREMIER BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WEIU (88.9 FM; CHARLESTON, IL; Owner: EASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY)
  • W263AQ (100.5 FM; MATTOON, IL; Owner: THE CROMWELL GROUP, INC. OF ILLINOIS)

TV broadcast stations around Gays:

  • WEIU-TV (Channel 51; CHARLESTON, IL; Owner: EASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY)
  • WCIA (Channel 3; CHAMPAIGN, IL; Owner: NEXSTAR BROADCASTING OF CHAMPAIGN, L.L.C.)
  • WBUI (Channel 23; DECATUR, IL; Owner: ACME TV LICENSES OF ILLINOIS, LLC)
  • WAND (Channel 17; DECATUR, IL; Owner: WAND(TV) PARTNERSHIP)
  • WEIL-LP (Channel 54; EFFINGHAM, IL; Owner: BELIEVER'S BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WILL-TV (Channel 12; URBANA, IL; Owner: UNIV. OF ILLINOIS BD. OF TRUSTEES)

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

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  • Rr 1 Box 100 (Lat: 39.466694 Lon: -88.527556), Call Sign: WQX286, Licensee ID: L01070434
    Assigned Frequencies: 464.475 MHz
    Grant Date: 10/07/2005, Expiration Date: 10/28/2015
    Registrant: Gary D Swits, Rr 1 Box 100, Gays, IL 61928, Phone: (217) 752-6213

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

1
  • CAYS GE, 748 S 1st St (Lat: 39.458139 Lon: -88.494806), Type: Silo, Structure height: 45.7 m, Call Sign: WQNA313
    Assigned Frequencies: 11325.0 MHz, 11485.0 MHz
    Grant Date: 11/22/2010, Expiration Date: 11/22/2020, Certifier: James E Coleman
    Registrant: Shelby Electric Cooperative Inc, Rt 128 & North 6th St, Shelbyville, IL 62565, Phone: (217) 774-3986, Fax: (217) 774-3330, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

3
  • Call Sign: K9JH
    Grant Date: 09/19/1996, Expiration Date: 09/19/2006, Cancellation Date: 05/06/2004
    Registrant: John T Hortenstine, Rr 1 Box 67, Gays, IL 61928-9726
  • Call Sign: KA9PRC
    Grant Date: 02/07/1989, Expiration Date: 02/07/1999, Cancellation Date: 02/08/2001
    Registrant: Scott J Mayer, Rr 2 Box 75, Gays, IL 61928
  • Call Sign: WB9WIT
    Grant Date: 04/30/1998, Expiration Date: 04/30/2008, Cancellation Date: 05/01/2010
    Registrant: Joy E Hortenstine, Rr 1 Box 67, Gays, IL 61928

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 1
Most common first names in Gays, IL among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary881.4 years
John679.8 years
James564.6 years
Margaret567.8 years
Marie577.0 years
Charles474.0 years
Frank475.7 years
Raymond473.7 years
Carl371.0 years
Harry368.6 years
Most common last names in Gays, IL among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Hortenstine981.7 years
Waggoner674.5 years
Allen580.0 years
Peadro587.0 years
Prahl570.4 years
Alexander486.3 years
Glasscock484.0 years
Davis375.7 years
Gross369.7 years
Curry385.3 years

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  • #19 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Communications equipment operators"
  • #20 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Education, training, and library occupations:"
  • #28 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Community and social services occupations:"
  • #35 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Printing and related support activities"
  • #41 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Electrical and electronic goods merchant wholesalers"
  • #46 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Office and administrative support occupations:"
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