Illinois has some of the best cities in the world in my opinion, but if your looking for that small-town charm there are plenty of towns that provide that feeling.

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Coming from New York and moving to a small town of 2,500 people I know the feeling of culture shock from moving from a city to a small town. However, there are advantages to living in a small town, you know your neighbors, small school districts mean more one-on-one time with teachers and students, and silence at night. I have to admit, that last one took me a while to get used to. Listening to crickets over police car sirens was a BIG difference for me.

I was really shocked to know that there are several small towns in Illinois with populations under 1,000. According to, here are the top 15 tiniest towns in Illinois:

  1. Hooppole - Population 201
  2. Shumway - Population 201
  3. Spillertown - Population 202
  4. Buncombe - Population 205
  5. Donnellson - Population 205
  6. Keensburg - Population 205
  7. Norris - Population 206
  8. Batchtown - Population 208
  9. New Minden - Population 208
  10. Adair - Population 210
  11. Kinderhook - Population 211
  12. St. Johns - Population 211
  13. Standard - Population 211
  14. Curran - Population 212
  15. Mill Shoals - Population 212


Besides Kinderhook, I have not heard of any of these small towns, which is probably what many of the residents like.

These might be a bit too small for some of you (I know they are for me) but that doesn't mean that they aren't worth looking into when thinking about moving to a smaller town/city. I always said when looking for a new home a few years back, if I don't have neighbors to hear me screaming that it's not for me. But for those of you needing a more quiet and not as busy town, one of these may just be the spot for you.

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