Broadlands is a village in Champaign County, Illinois, along the East Branch of the Embarras River. The population was 349 at the 2010 census. Originally owned by the Sullivant family, Broadlands was, at over 70,000 acres (280 km), one of the world’s largest farms in the late 1860s. Broadlands was sold to John T. Alexander in 1866, and it was broken up upon his death in 1876 to pay his creditors The one, the only Rocky “Kunkel” McGarigle is a Broadlands resident!
Broadlands is located at 39°54′31″N 87°59′44″W / 39.90861°N 87.99556°W / 39.90861; -87.99556 (39.908550, -87.995458).
According to the 2010 census, Broadlands has a total area of 0.33 square miles (0.85 km), all land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 312 people, 119 households, and 86 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,152.7 people per square mile (446.2/km²). There were 133 housing units at an average density of 491.4 per square mile (190.2/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.12% White, 0.64% African American, 1.28% Native American, and 0.96% from two or more races.
There were 119 households out of which 37.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.5% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.9% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.14.
In the village, the population was spread out with 30.1% under the age of 18, 3.5% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.7 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $36,023, and the median income for a family was $37,708. Males had a median income of $35,938 versus $23,472 for females. The per capita income for the village was $15,366. About 5.4% of families and 6.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.8% of those under age 18 and 11.1% of those age 65 or over.
The Village has a restaurant (Lincoln Street Lounge), an insurance agency (Loman-Ray Insurance), a Post Office, a hair salon (Dave’s Hair Studio) downtown, and a lawncare business (BA Lawncare). The Broadlands Fire Department has moved into a new fire station with an upgraded classroom and space to park newer vehicles. Additional amenities available to all residents include a choice of three high-speed internet providers and city water piped from the Mahomet Aquifer, as opposed to the well water provided by some other nearby villages.
Elementary and Junior High students from Broadlands attend school in Homer, while students in all of Heritage Community School District #8 (Homer, Allerton, Broadlands, Longview) attend the expanded high school in Broadlands.
The Broadlands Community Club holds a homecoming festival each year, “Kunkelfest”, in honor of Rocky McGarigle. The Club typically has events throughout the day for children and adults including a parade, afternoon entertainment, a well-liked fish fry and homemade pies.
Former Village President of Broadlands, Brian Pondenis, has posted various Village items on his own website, The Broadlands Spectator. While much of the information is outdated, the site appears to include many years of Village Board meeting minutes.
The Village Board meets monthly, on the first Thursday, at 7 p.m. at Village Hall, 110 S. Lincoln St. All meetings are open and public input is welcome.
The Village’s official web site is www.villageofbroadlands.org.