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Bear Creek township, IL map Land area: 35.8 sq. mi.
Water area: 0.0 sq. mi.
Population: 575 (all rural)
Males: 286  (49.7%)
Females: 289  (50.3%)

Occupied houses/apartments: 575 (478 owner occupied, 97 renter occupied)
% of renters here:

17%
State:

33%


Races in Bear Creek township:

  • White Non-Hispanic: 98.4%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.3%
  • Two or more races: 0.9%
  • Some other race: 0.3%

Median age of males: 40.5
Median age of females: 40.6

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Average household size: 2.74

Bear Creek township:

2.7 people
Illinois:

2.6 people

Average family size: 3.05

Estimated median household income in 2009: $45,174 ($39,000 in 1999)
This township:

$45,174
Illinois:

$53,966

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $358 (lower quartile is $297, upper quartile is $384)
Here:

$358
State:

$708

Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $80,743 (it was $62,500 in 2000)
Bear Creek township:

$80,743
Illinois:

$202,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $60,574 - $108,562

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $148,315
Here:

$148,315
State:

$252,233

Mobile homes: $43,906
Here:

$43,906
State:

$35,670
Population density: 16 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This township:

9.7%
Whole state:

10.7%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This township:

4.5%
Whole state:

5.1%

Cities in this township include: Palmer.


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Notable locations in this township outside city limits:

Notable location: Bloome Farms (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Cemeteries: Anderson Cemetery (1), Palmer Cemetery (2), Durbin Cemetery (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Prairie Fork (A). Display/hide its location on the map

 

Number of foreign born residents: 1 (100% naturalized citizens)

Bear Creek township:  0.2%
State:  12.3%

80% of Bear Creek township residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 57% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 90% lived in Illinois.

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 520
  • Northeast: 3
  • Midwest: 30
  • South: 38
  • West: 11

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $60,000

Bear Creek township, Illinois satellite photo by USGS

Percentage of households with unmarried partners: 3.8%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)

  • Lesbian couples: 0.5% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 192
  • Mobile homes: 29

Median worth of mobile homes: $19,400


Housing units in Bear Creek township with a mortgage: 52 (3 second mortgage, 2 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 53

Year house built

  • 1999 to March 2000: 0
  • 1995 to 1998: 10
  • 1990 to 1994: 5
  • 1980 to 1989: 23
  • 1970 to 1979: 35
  • 1960 to 1969: 7
  • 1950 to 1959: 1
  • 1940 to 1949: 26
  • 1939 or earlier: 114

Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Bear Creek township, Illinois:

  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 0
  • 3 rooms: 5
  • 4 rooms: 24
  • 5 rooms: 54
  • 6 rooms: 37
  • 7 rooms: 28
  • 8 rooms: 24
  • 9 or more rooms: 5

Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Bear Creek township, Illinois:

  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 0
  • 3 rooms: 0
  • 4 rooms: 2
  • 5 rooms: 9
  • 6 rooms: 8
  • 7 rooms: 5
  • 8 rooms: 3
  • 9 or more rooms: 2

Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses and condos in Bear Creek township:

  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 11
  • 2 bedrooms: 36
  • 3 bedrooms: 98
  • 4 bedrooms: 28
  • 5 or more bedrooms: 4

Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Bear Creek township:

  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 0
  • 2 bedrooms: 8
  • 3 bedrooms: 15
  • 4 bedrooms: 6
  • 5 or more bedrooms: 0

Cars and other vehicles available in Bear Creek township in owner-occupied houses/condos:

  • no vehicle: 4
  • 1 vehicle: 28
  • 2 vehicles: 80
  • 3 vehicles: 38
  • 4 vehicles: 21
  • 5 or more vehicles: 6

Cars and other vehicles available in Bear Creek township in renter-occupied apartments

  • no vehicle: 0
  • 1 vehicle: 10
  • 2 vehicles: 17
  • 3 vehicles: 2
  • 4 vehicles: 0
  • 5 or more vehicles: 0

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

Most common industries for males (%):



  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (15%)
  • Truck transportation (11%)
  • Public administration (10%)
  • Construction (9%)
  • Food and beverage stores (6%)
  • Department and other general merchandise stores (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)

Most common industries for females (%):



  • Health care (14%)
  • Accommodation and food services (13%)
  • Department and other general merchandise stores (12%)
  • Public administration (12%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Motor vehicle and parts dealers (6%)
  • Truck transportation (4%)

Most common occupations for males (%)



  • Farmers and farm managers (12%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (11%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (10%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (10%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (8%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4%)

Most common occupations for females (%)



  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (12%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (8%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (8%)
  • Bus drivers (7%)
  • Other teachers and instructors, education, training, and library occupations (6%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5%)

Class of Workers

Most common first ancestries reported in Bear Creek township:

  • United States or American (33.8%)
  • German (19.7%)
  • English (10.1%)
  • Irish (8.2%)
  • French (except Basque) (5.6%)
  • Italian (3.5%)
  • Scotch-Irish (2.8%)

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 188 (74%)
  • Carpooled: 36 (14%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 2 (1%)
  • Walked: 1 (0%)
  • Other means: 1 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 26 (10%)

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (49%)
  • Utility gas (42%)
  • Electricity (5%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (2%)
  • Wood (1%)
  • Other fuel (1%)

99.3% of residents of Bear Creek township speak English at home.
0.7% of residents speak Spanish at home (100% speak English very well).

Household type by relationship:

Households: 603
  • In family households: 554 (135 male householders, 22 female householders)
    149 spouses, 198 children (174 natural, 0 adopted, 24 stepchildren), 39 grandchildren, 0 brothers or sisters, 0 parents, 4 other relatives, 7 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 49 (19 male householders (16 living alone)), 20 female householders (17 living alone)), 10 nonrelatives

Size of family households: 66 2-persons, 21 3-persons, 33 4-persons, 19 5-persons, 13 6-persons, 5 7-or-more-persons,

Size of nonfamily households: 33 1-person, 4 2-persons, 2 4-persons,

112 married couples with children.
22 single-parent households (1 men, 21 women).


Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 6
Here:

5.8%
Illinois:

13.4%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 0
Here:

0.0%
Illinois:

11.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 0
Here:

0.0%
Illinois:

25.8%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninst.)


Year Householders Moved Into Unit in Bear Creek township:

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