Cowden, Illinois Population 2024

497

Cowden is a city located in Fayette County and Shelby County Illinois. Cowden has a 2024 population of 497. Cowden is currently declining at a rate of -0.8% annually and its population has decreased by -3.12% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 513 in 2020.

The average household income in Cowden is $52,746 with a poverty rate of 25.81%. The median age in Cowden is 30.9 years: 33.3 years for males, and 30.1 years for females.

Cowden Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Cowden was:

  • White: 93.5%
  • Two or more races: 2.85%
  • Black or African American: 1.63%
  • Native American: 0.81%
  • Other race: 0.81%
  • Asian: 0.41%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0%
Land Area (mi²)
0.4 sq mi
Density (mi²)
1,236.70/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-3.12% (-16)
The current population of Cowden, Illinois is 497 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates (released May 2024). The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 513.

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White46093.5%
Two or more races142.85%
Black or African American81.63%
Native American40.81%
Other race40.81%
Asian20.41%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander00%

White

Two or more races

Black or African American

Native American

Other race

Asian

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Cowden Population by Race

Cowden Population Pyramid 2024

Cowden Median Age

30.9

Total

33.3

Male

30.1

Female

Cowden Adults

There are 309 adults, (70 of whom are seniors) in Cowden.

Cowden Age Dependency

105.9

Age Dependency Ratio

29.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

76.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Cowden Sex Ratio

Female26954.67%
Male22345.33%

Cowden Population by Age

Cowden Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All1862.6559.140.9
Non Family681.0448.551.5
Married663.5384.815.2
Female332.6727.372.7
Male195.2663.236.8

3.37

Average Family Size

2.65

Average Household Size

59.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Cowden Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
9th to 12th Grade103.62%
Associates Degree3914.13%
Bachelors Degree155.43%
Graduate Degree207.25%
High School Graduate14652.9%
Less Than 9th Grade51.81%
Some College4114.86%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Cowden Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Cowden Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
White25224128
Hispanic1180
2+ Races950
Black555
Native American440
Other Race440
Asian222

The highest rate of high school graduation is among black people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among black people with a rate of 100%.

Cowden Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Bachelors Degree$56,250$56,250$0
Graduate Degree$75,357$0$58,750
High School Graduate$25,313$42,813$21,625
Less Than 9th Grade$20,417$20,417$0
Overall$40,313$48,750$31,042
Some College$36,563$51,563$31,023

$40,313

Average Earnings

$48,750

Average Male

$31,042

Average Female

Cowden Earnings by Educational Attainment

Cowden Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Cowden Language

91.18% of Cowden residents speak only English, while 8.82% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 7.69% of the population.

Cowden Language

Cowden Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White45612126.54%
Multiple14642.86%
Hispanic23521.74%

25.81%

Overall Poverty Rate

21.52%

Male Poverty Rate

29.37%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Cowden

The race most likely to be in poverty in Cowden is Multiple, with 42.86% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Cowden is Hispanic, with 21.74% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 7.81%. Among those working part-time, it was 10.53%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 44.16%.

Cowden Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade40%
High School28.77%
Some College17.5%
Bachelors or Greater0%

Cowden Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Employed15.66%
Female Employed3.3%
Male Unemployed0%
Female Unemployed0%

Cowden Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Cowden Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Families$48,125$58,955
Households$43,750$52,746
Married Families$77,500$-999,999,999
Non Families-$34,401

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Cowden Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

42.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

43.9%

Male Marriage Rate

41.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Cowden Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Cowden Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Cowden Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Cowden Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

30

Number of Veterans

30

Male Veterans

0

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
Vietnam23
First Gulf War6
Second Gulf War5
World War II2
Korea0

Cowden Veterans by War

count

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Age Group
Veterans
65 to 7421
35 to 544
75+4
55 to 641
18 to 340

Cowden Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
White3010.53%

Cowden Veterans by Race

Cowden Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

23.33%

Veteran Poverty Rate

30%

Veteran Disability Rate

Cowden Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

53.7%

Labor Force Participation

51.3%

Employment Rate

4.4%

Unemployment Rate

Cowden Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Cowden Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Cowden Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

89.23%

Born in Cowden

100%

Native Born

0%

Foreign Born

0%

Non Citizen

0%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

100% of Cowden residents were born in the United States, with 89.23% having been born in Illinois. 0% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Europe.

Cowden Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
2029477-4-0.83%
2028481-4-0.82%
2027485-4-0.82%
2026489-4-0.81%
2025493-4-0.8%
2024497-4-0.8%
2023501-4-0.79%
2022505-5-0.98%
2021510-3-0.58%
2020513-70-12.01%
2019583-3-0.51%
2018586-5-0.85%
201759120.34%
2016589-6-1.01%
2015595-9-1.49%
2014604-2-0.33%
2013606-5-0.82%
2012611-3-0.49%
2011614-7-1.13%
201062100%

Cowden Population by Year