Buncombe, Illinois

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Population in 2022: 207 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: +11.3%
 
Males: 131  (63.6%)
Females: 76  (36.4%)
Median resident age:

25.8 years
Illinois median age:

39.1 years

Zip code: 62912

Estimated median household income in 2022: $55,319 (it was $31,500 in 2000)
Buncombe:

$55,319
IL:

$76,708

Estimated per capita income in 2022: $23,538 (it was $14,975 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2022: $68,398 (it was $33,800 in 2000)
Buncombe:

$68,398
IL:

$251,600

Mean prices in 2022: all housing units: $93,662; detached houses: $99,445; mobile homes: $75,450
March 2022 cost of living index in Buncombe: 82.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2022: 19.9%
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  • Races in Buncombe, IL (2022)
    • 31381.3%White alone
    • 6416.6%Hispanic
    • 20.5%Two or more races
    • 10.3%Asian alone



According to our research of Illinois and other state lists, there were 4 registered sex offenders living in Buncombe, Illinois as of May 25, 2024.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Buncombe is 45 to 1.


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Ancestries: English (16.3%), American (10.5%), Irish (7.0%), German (3.5%), Polish (2.3%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 07/28/1916

Elevation: 510 feet

Land area: 1.21 square miles.

Population density: 171 people per square mile   (very low).

Buncombe, Illinois map

1 resident is foreign born

This village:

0.3%
Illinois:

14.1%
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Buncombe village:

2.2% ($738)
Illinois:

1.8% ($2,285)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Evansville, IN (85.4 miles , pop. 121,582).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: St. Louis, MO (105.7 miles , pop. 348,189).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (310.0 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Goreville, IL (2.4 miles ),
Vienna, IL (2.4 miles ),
Cypress, IL (2.8 miles ),
Belknap, IL (3.2 miles),
Simpson, IL (3.5 miles),
Karnak, IL (3.5 miles ),
Creal Springs, IL (3.6 miles ),
Dongola, IL (3.6 miles )

Latitude: 37.47 N, Longitude: 88.97 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 618

Distribution of median household income in Buncombe, IL in 2022
Distribution of house value in Buncombe, IL in 2022

Buncombe satellite photo by USGS

Unemployment in December 2023:
Here:

5.5%
Illinois:

4.2%
Most common industries in Buncombe, IL (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Construction (17.0%)
  • Health care (13.6%)
  • Public administration (10.2%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (9.1%)
  • Mining, quarrying, oil & gas extraction (5.7%)
  • Educational services (5.7%)
  • Food (4.5%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (29.4%)
  • Mining, quarrying, oil & gas extraction (9.8%)
  • Public administration (9.8%)
  • Health care (7.8%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (7.8%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (5.9%)
  • Truck transportation (5.9%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (21.6%)
  • Public administration (10.8%)
  • Finance & insurance (10.8%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (10.8%)
  • Educational services (8.1%)
  • Food (5.4%)
  • Miscellaneous nondurable goods merchant wholesalers (5.4%)
Most common occupations in Buncombe, IL (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Financial clerks, except bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks (6.8%)
  • Law enforcement workers, including supervisors (5.7%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (5.7%)
  • Construction laborers (5.7%)
  • Construction traders workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (5.7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4.5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (4.5%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Law enforcement workers, including supervisors (9.8%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (9.8%)
  • Construction laborers (9.8%)
  • Construction traders workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (9.8%)
  • Rail and water transportation workers (7.8%)
  • Other protective service workers, including supervisors (5.9%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5.9%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Financial clerks, except bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks (10.8%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (10.8%)
  • Accountants and auditors (8.1%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (5.4%)
  • Financial managers (5.4%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (5.4%)
  • Food and beverage serving workers, except waiters and waitresses (5.4%)

Average climate in Buncombe, Illinois

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Buncombe-area historical tornado activity is near Illinois state average. It is 75% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/6/2003, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 14.2 miles away from the Buncombe village center killed 2 people and injured 33 people and caused $16 million in damages.

On 5/29/1982, a category F4 tornado 19.0 miles away from the village center killed 10 people and injured 181 people and caused between $50,000,000 and $500,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Buncombe-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Illinois state average. It is 317% greater 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, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 90.2 miles away from the city 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 37.3 miles away from Buncombe center
On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi) earthquake occurred 90.1 miles away from the city center
On 6/18/2002 at 17:37:15, a magnitude 5.0 (4.3 MB, 4.6 MW, 5.0 LG) earthquake occurred 74.5 miles away from the city center
On 5/4/1991 at 01:18:54, a magnitude 5.0 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 78.3 miles away from Buncombe 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 110.6 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 Johnson County (6) is a lot smaller than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 3
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 2, Storms: 2, Hurricane: 1, Snow: 1, Tornado: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Buncombe topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Buncombe:

  • HILLVIEW HEALTH CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; VIENNA, IL)
  • ANNA REHAB AND NURSING CENTER (Nursing Home, about 15 miles away; ANNA, IL)
  • NEW WAY (Hospital, about 15 miles away; ANNA, IL)
  • CHOATE MENTAL HEALTH CENTER (Hospital, about 15 miles away; ANNA, IL)
  • UNION COUNTY HOSPITAL Critical Access Hospitals (about 15 miles away; ANNA, IL)
  • HOLLY HILL (Hospital, about 15 miles away; ANNA, IL)
  • COBDEN REHAB AND NURSING CENTER (Nursing Home, about 16 miles away; COBDEN, IL)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Buncombe:

  • John A Logan College (about 21 miles; Carterville, IL; Full-time enrollment: 3,995)
  • Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (about 22 miles; Carbondale, IL; FT enrollment: 14,539)
  • Southeast Missouri State University (about 33 miles; Cape Girardeau, MO; FT enrollment: 9,678)
  • West Kentucky Community and Technical College (about 34 miles; Paducah, KY; FT enrollment: 4,107)
  • Rend Lake College (about 46 miles; Ina, IL; FT enrollment: 2,778)
  • Murray State University (about 70 miles; Murray, KY; FT enrollment: 8,930)
  • Kaskaskia College (about 77 miles; Centralia, IL; FT enrollment: 3,867)

Public elementary/middle schools in Buncombe:

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Points of interest:

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Notable location: Buncombe Volunteer Fire Department (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Hotel: Curve Inn (2145 State Route 37 North).

Johnson County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential
Average household size:
This village:

2.6 people
Illinois:

2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This village:

71.4%
Whole state:

65.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This village:

6.5%
Whole state:

6.3%


No gay or lesbian households reported

For population 15 years and over in Buncombe:

Marital status in Buncombe, IL
  • Never married: 34.2%
  • Now married: 45.1%
  • Separated: 1.0%
  • Widowed: 5.2%
  • Divorced: 14.5%

For population 25 years and over in Buncombe:

  • High school or higher: 90.6%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 12.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 1.0%
  • Unemployed: 8.3%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 26.1 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2022
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2022
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

7.0
Illinois average:

12.5

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Buncombe, IL (based on Johnson County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant3,64326
Mainline Protestant7359
Catholic1621
Other831
None7,959-
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
This county:

1.46 / 10,000 pop.
Illinois:

2.24 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 8
This county:

5.83 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.61 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 7
Here:

5.10 / 10,000 pop.
Illinois:

6.86 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Johnson County:

8.5%
Illinois:

8.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Johnson County:

27.1%
Illinois:

25.2%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Johnson County:

10.8%
Illinois:

14.5%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Buncombe:

56.6%
State:

49.5%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Buncombe:

55.9%
State:

47.2%

Average BMI:
Buncombe:

27.8
State:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
Buncombe:

21.0%
State:

20.5%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

7.0%
Illinois:

10.8%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

7.0
State:

6.8

Overweight people:
Here:

33.7%
Illinois:

33.4%

General health condition:
Here:

63.2%
Illinois:

56.4%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

80.2%
Illinois:

79.9%

More about Health and Nutrition of Buncombe, IL Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2022)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other Government Administration 0$0 7$1,816
Streets and Highways 0$0 2$102
Financial Administration 0$0 2$2,850
Totals for Government 0$0 11$4,768

Buncombe government finances - Expenditure in 2017 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - General - Other: $29,000 ($140.10)
    Financial Administration: $26,000 ($125.60)
    Local Fire Protection: $7,000 ($33.82)
    Regular Highways: $3,000 ($14.49)
    Police Protection: $1,000 ($4.83)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $6,000 ($28.99)

Buncombe government finances - Revenue in 2017 (per resident):

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $18,000 ($86.96)
    Sewerage: $16,000 ($77.29)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $4,000 ($19.32)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $48,000 ($231.88)
    Highways: $5,000 ($24.15)
  • Tax - Property: $6,000 ($28.99)
    Other License: $3,000 ($14.49)

Buncombe government finances - Cash and Securities in 2017 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $175,000 ($845.41)

Strongest AM radio stations in Buncombe:

  • WDDD (810 AM; 10 kW; JOHNSTON CITY, IL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WGGH (1150 AM; 5 kW; MARION, IL)
  • KZIM (960 AM; 5 kW; CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO; Owner: ZIMMER RADIO OF MID-MISSOURI, INC)
  • WPAD (1560 AM; 10 kW; PADUCAH, KY; Owner: BRISTOL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • 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.)
  • WSM (650 AM; 50 kW; NASHVILLE, TN; Owner: GAYLORD ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY)
  • KAPE (1550 AM; 5 kW; CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO; Owner: W. RUSSELL WITHERS, JR.)
  • WCRV (640 AM; 50 kW; COLLIERVILLE, TN; Owner: BOTT BROADCASTING COMPANY/TENNESSEE)
  • WSDZ (1260 AM; 20 kW; BELLEVILLE, IL)
  • WKDA (1200 AM; 50 kW; NASHVILLE, TN; Owner: RADIO NASHVILLE, INC.)
  • WNQM (1300 AM; 50 kW; NASHVILLE, TN; Owner: WNQM. INC.)
  • WAMB (1160 AM; 50 kW; DONELSON, TN; Owner: GREAT SOUTHERN BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Buncombe:

  • WOOZ-FM (99.9 FM; HARRISBURG, IL; Owner: ZIMMER COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WCIL-FM (101.5 FM; CARBONDALE, IL; Owner: LYLE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KGMO (100.7 FM; CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO; Owner: W. RUSSELL WITHERS, JR.)
  • WGCF (89.3 FM; PADUCAH, KY; Owner: CHRISTIAN BUSINESSMEN'S ASSOC, INC.)
  • KEZS-FM (102.9 FM; CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO; Owner: ZIMMER BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WDDD-FM (107.3 FM; MARION, IL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WKIB (96.5 FM; ANNA, IL; Owner: W. RUSSELL WITHERS)
  • WVZA (92.7 FM; HERRIN, IL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WQUL (97.7 FM; WEST FRANKFORT, IL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WKYQ (93.3 FM; PADUCAH, KY; Owner: BRISTOL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WRIK-FM (98.3 FM; METROPOLIS, IL; Owner: SUN MEDIA, INC.)
  • WDDJ (96.9 FM; PADUCAH, KY; Owner: BRISTOL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KRCU (90.9 FM; CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO; Owner: BOARD OF REGENTS, SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • WBEL (88.5 FM; CAIRO, IL; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)
  • WUEZ (95.1 FM; CARTERVILLE, IL; Owner: ZRG OF ILLINOIS, INC.)
  • WSIU (91.9 FM; CARBONDALE, IL; Owner: SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY)
  • WBVN (104.5 FM; CARRIER MILLS, IL; Owner: KENNETH W. AND JANE A. ANDERSON)
  • WREZ (105.5 FM; METROPOLIS, IL; Owner: W. RUSSELL WITHERS, JR.)

TV broadcast stations around Buncombe:

  • WSIL-TV (Channel 3; HARRISBURG, IL; Owner: WSIL-TV, INC.)
  • WDKA (Channel 49; PADUCAH, KY; Owner: WDKA ACQUISITION CORPORATION)
  • WTCT (Channel 27; MARION, IL; Owner: TRI-STATE CHRISTIAN TV, INC.)
  • WPSD-TV (Channel 6; PADUCAH, KY; Owner: WPSD-TV, LLC)
  • KFVS-TV (Channel 12; CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO; Owner: RAYCOM AMERICA, INC.)
  • KBSI (Channel 23; CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO; Owner: KBSI LICENSEE L.P.)
  • KCGI-CA (Channel 45; CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO; Owner: TRI-STATE CHRISTIAN TV, INC.)
  • W15BU (Channel 17; JOHNSTON CITY, IL; Owner: THREE ANGELS BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • WKPD (Channel 29; PADUCAH, KY; Owner: KENTUCKY AUTHORITY FOR EDUCATIONAL TV)

Buncombe fatal accident list:

Jan 1, 2021 09:45 AM, Lick Creek Rd, Lat: 37.483858, Lon: -88.992008, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 15Number of bridges
  • 167ft / 51.5mTotal length
  • $1,164,000Total costs
  • 14,450Total average daily traffic
  • 1,846Total average daily truck traffic
New bridges in Buncombe, IL - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11900-1909
  • 31930-1939
  • 21960-1969
  • 41970-1979
  • 11980-1989
  • 21990-1999
  • 12000-2009
  • 12010-2019
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Buncombe, IL

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

18 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers in Buncombe)

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • 4 1/2 Mi S Of Goreville On Rt 37 (Lat: 37.478667 Lon: -88.971750), Call Sign: WRB337,
    Assigned Frequencies: 43.0200 MHz, Grant Date: 04/15/2004, Expiration Date: 06/19/2014, Cancellation Date: 08/23/2014, Registrant: Southern Illinois Materials Co., Marion, IL 62959, Phone: (618) 998-1615, Fax: (618) 998-1744, Email:


FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

3
  • LICK CREEK, 205 East Schlenker Lane (Lat: 37.504417 Lon: -89.097889), Type: Tower, Structure height: 59.4 m, Overall height: 60.5 m, Call Sign: WQJH367,
    Assigned Frequencies: 6585.00 MHz, Grant Date: 09/09/2008, Expiration Date: 09/09/2018, Cancellation Date: 02/26/2014, Certifier: Pamelia Y Hoof, Registrant: Verizon Wireless, 1120 Sanctuary Pkwy, #150 Gasa5reg, Alpharetta, GA 30009-7630, Phone: (770) 797-1070, Fax: (770) 797-1036, Email:

  • Buncombe, Lat: 37.505250 Lon: -89.058417, Type: Gtower, Structure height: 29 m, Overall height: 30 m, Call Sign: WQME771,
    Assigned Frequencies: 3650.00 MHz, Grant Date: 07/20/2010, Expiration Date: 10/17/2020, Cancellation Date: 12/19/2020, Certifier: Nathan T Stooke, Registrant: Lerman Senter Pllc, 2001 L Street, Nw Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036, Phone: (202) 416-6744, Email:

  • ST03RW610, 7930 Lick Creek Rd (Lat: 37.509306 Lon: -89.098111), Type: Gtower, Structure height: 59.1 m, Overall height: 60 m, Call Sign: WQXA539,
    Assigned Frequencies: 10855.0 MHz, 10855.0 MHz, 10855.0 MHz, 10855.0 MHz, 10855.0 MHz, 10855.0 MHz, 10855.0 MHz, 10855.0 MHz, Grant Date: 01/13/2016, Expiration Date: 01/13/2026, Cancellation Date: 05/12/2023, Certifier: David Werblow, Registrant: T-Mobile Usa, Inc., 12920 Se 38th Street, Bellevue, WA 98006, Phone: (425) 383-8401, Email:


FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

14 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Buncombe)
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Buncombe, IL
  • 59.5%Electricity
  • 35.4%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 3.8%Wood
  • 1.3%Utility gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Buncombe, IL
  • 50.0%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 50.0%Electricity


Buncombe compared to Illinois state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in above state average.
  • Number of college students above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.
There is 1 pilot and 1 other airmen in this city.
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