Valmeyer, Illinois

Valmeyer is a village in Monroe County, Illinois, on the Mississippi River. The population was 1,263 at the 2010 United States Census.

Valmeyer, Illinois
Valmeyer City Hall and Emergency Services
Valmeyer City Hall and Emergency Services
Location of Valmeyer in Monroe County, Illinois.
Location of Valmeyer in Monroe County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 38°18′0″N 90°18′30″W / 38.30000°N 90.30833°W / 38.30000; -90.30833Coordinates: 38°18′0″N 90°18′30″W / 38.30000°N 90.30833°W / 38.30000; -90.30833
CountryUnited States
 • Total3.50 sq mi (9.08 km2)
 • Land3.45 sq mi (8.93 km2)
 • Water0.06 sq mi (0.14 km2)
 • Total1,233
 • Density357.49/sq mi (138.04/km2)
FIPS code17-77265
Wikimedia CommonsValmeyer, Illinois


After the Great Flood of 1993 the residents of Valmeyer decided to relocate the town two miles to the east, on higher ground. The town was rebuilt with financial assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The old townsite has been described as a ghost town with few inhabitants but still an important traffic artery.[2] Valmeyer's successful relocation is seen as a potential model for other localities retreating from sea level rise.[3]

The remains of the business district in Old Valmeyer has been reduced to a few broken sidewalks and empty space.


Valmeyer is located at 38°18′00″N 90°18′30″W / 38.299904°N 90.308334°W / 38.299904; -90.308334.[4]

According to the 2010 census, Valmeyer has a total area of 3.634 square miles (9.41 km2), of which 3.58 square miles (9.3 km2) (or 98.51%) is land and 0.054 square miles (0.14 km2) (or 1.49%) is water.[5]


Historical population
Census Pop.

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 608 people, 222 households, and 166 families residing in the village. The population density was 182.7 people per square mile (70.5/km2). There were 241 housing units at an average density of 72.4 per square mile (27.9/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 98.68% White, 0.33% African American, 0.33% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, and 0.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.82% of the population.

There were 222 households, out of which 39.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.0% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.2% were non-families. 24.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.29.

In the village, the age distribution of the population shows 27.8% under the age of 18, 10.0% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 13.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 87.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.9 males.

The median income for a household in the village was US$53,214 (equivalent to $83,734 in 2021), and the median income for a family was $58,646 (equivalent to $92,281 in 2021). Males had a median income of $38,500 versus $26,838 for females. The per capita income for the village was $20,420 (equivalent to $32,131 in 2021). None of the families and 3.0% of the population were living below the poverty threshold, including no under eighteens and 10.2% of those over 64.


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 15, 2022.
  2. ^ Eric Horng (June 20, 2008). "How a Flood Town Became a City on a Hill". ABC News.
  3. ^ "The Illinois town that got up and left". BBC. Retrieved 16 March 2022.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2020-02-13. Retrieved 2015-12-25.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-03-16.
  7. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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