Prophetstown, Illinois

Whiteside County


Prophetstown is a city ( with a status of "City" ) in Whiteside County in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Illinois. In 2010 Prophetstown had 2080 inhabitants.


Prophetstown is located at 41 ° 40'17 " north latitude and 89 ° 56'10 " west longitude and extends over 4 km ². The city is the center of Prophetstown Township.

Prophetstown is located on the Rock River; the Mississippi River, which forms the border with Iowa, is located about 40 km west.

Towns nearby are Lyndon (6 km north), Tampico (17,8 km southeast), Hoop Pole (17,4 km south) and Erie (15,5 km to the west ).

The nearest large towns are Dubuque (134 km north-west ), Rockford (116 km northeast), Peoria (129 km south-southeast ) and the Quad Cities ( 73.2 km west-southwest ).


By Prophetstown runs in a north -south direction, the Illinois State Route 78, which crosses the Rock River north of the city. All other streets are subordinate or urban roads.

The nearest major airport is 74 km south-west of the city center Quad City International Airport.

Demographic data

According to the census in 2010 lived in Prophetstown 2080 people in 831 households. The population density was 520 people per square kilometer. In the 831 households lived statistically 2.31 ​​per person.

The racial the population was composed of 97.7 percent white, 0.7 percent African American, 0.2 percent Native American, 0.4 percent Asian and 0.4 percent from other ethnic groups; 0.7 percent were descended from two or more races. Regardless of ethnicity, 2.3 percent of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

22.7 percent of the population were under 18 years old, 54.7 percent were between 18 and 64 and 22.6 percent were 65 years or older. 51.0 percent of the population was female.

The median annual income for a household was $ 43,796. The per capita income was $ 21,189. 12.9 percent of the population lived below the poverty line.

Extraordinary events

In order 02:30 collapsed on July 15, 2013 Washington Street, a fire, which developed into a major fire, and by a whole row of houses was completely destroyed with six residential and commercial buildings, two homes were severely damaged. This was caused by arson, which is why two teenagers were 16 and 12 years old was arrested as suspects. The event attracted a lot of media coverage, especially not enough to undersized water supply of the town and the fire department therefore had the greatest difficulty. Water had - some with private tankers - to be brought from the river and ponds.