Omphghent Township, Madison County, Illinois

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Omphghent Township
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Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 38°57′31″N 89°52′18″W / 38.95861°N 89.87167°W / 38.95861; -89.87167Coordinates: 38°57′31″N 89°52′18″W / 38.95861°N 89.87167°W / 38.95861; -89.87167
CountryUnited States
SettledNovember 2, 1875
 • Total33.99 sq mi (88.0 km2)
 • Land33.55 sq mi (86.9 km2)
 • Water0.44 sq mi (1.1 km2)
489 ft (149 m)
 • Estimate 
 • Density71/sq mi (27/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
FIPS code17-119-56068

Omphghent Township is located in Madison County, Illinois, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, its population was 2,381 and it contained 1,021 housing units.[2]


In 1838, the township was initially named Paddock's Grove, after the first postmaster, Gaius Paddock; that was changed in 1858 to Omph-Ghent, which was the name of a local church. The name is a combination of an acronym Omph (Our Mother of Perpetual Help) plus Ghent, the city in Belgium.[3]


According to the 2010 census, the township has a total area of 33.99 square miles (88.0 km2), of which 33.55 square miles (86.9 km2) (or 98.71%) is land and 0.44 square miles (1.1 km2) (or 1.29%) is water.[2]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20162,348[1]
U.S. Decennial Census[4]


  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County -- County Subdivision and Place -- 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  3. ^ Callary, Edward (October 2009). Place Names of Illinois. Champaign, Illinois: University of Illinois Press. p. 258. ISBN 978-0-252-03356-8.
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.

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