New Bedford

New Bedford

New Bedford, city (1990 pop. 99,922), seat of Bristol co., SE Mass., at the mouth of the Acushnet River on Buzzard's Bay; settled 1640, set off from Dartmouth 1787, inc. as a city 1847. Formerly one of the world's greatest whaling ports, it then became a leading port for the fishing and scalloping industries, but dwindling fish populations and government regulations have hurt those industries. New Bedford handles transatlantic and intracoastal trade. Its manufactures include clothing, textiles, electrical and electronic equpment, rubber and metal products, medical supplies, and prepared foods. During the Revolution the harbor was a haven for American privateers, prompting the British to invade and burn the town in 1778. The whaling industry boomed after the Revolution, reaching a peak in the 1850s. The first cotton-textile mill there was built in 1846; the textile industry declined in the 1920s. The Seamen's Bethel, described by Herman Melville in Moby-Dick; the Bourne Whaling Museum; the Old Dartmouth Historical Society; Friends' Academy (1810); and campuses of the Univ. of Massachusetts Dartmouth are in New Bedford. The Free Public Library holds a large collection of material on whaling. A sizable Portuguese-speaking population is in the city.
New Bedford is a village in Bureau County, Illinois, United States. The population was 95 at the 2000 census. It is part of the OttawaStreator Micropolitan Statistical Area.


New Bedford is located at .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²), all of it land.


As of the census of 2000, there were 95 people, 39 households, and 29 families residing in the village. The population density was 543.9 people per square mile (215.8/km²). There were 42 housing units at an average density of 240.5/sq mi (95.4/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 95.79% White, 1.05% Asian, 3.16% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.16% of the population.

There were 39 households out of which 25.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.4% were married couples living together, 2.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.1% were non-families. 23.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the village the population was spread out with 20.0% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 24.2% from 25 to 44, 28.4% from 45 to 64, and 18.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 115.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 111.1 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $38,750, and the median income for a family was $41,250. Males had a median income of $30,833 versus $20,417 for females. The per capita income for the village was $14,830. There were no families and 3.3% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 21.4% of those over 64.


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