Boone County, Illinois

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Boone County, Illinois
Map of Illinois highlighting Boone County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the United States highlighting Illinois
Illinois's location in the U.S.
Founded 1837
Named for Daniel Boone
Seat Belvidere
Largest city Belvidere
Area
 • Total 282 sq mi (730 km2)
 • Land 281 sq mi (728 km2)
 • Water 1.3 sq mi (3 km2), 0.5%
Population
 • (2010) 54,165
 • Density 193/sq mi (75/km²)
Congressional district 16th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.boonecountyil.org

Boone County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois.As of the 2010 census, the population was 54,165.[1] Its county seat is Belvidere.[2]

Boone County is included in the Rockford, IL Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Boone County was formed in 1837 out of Winnebago County. It was named for Kentucky frontiersman Daniel Boone.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 282 square miles (730 km2), of which 281 square miles (730 km2) is land and 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2) (0.5%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

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Climate and weather[edit]

Belvidere, Illinois
Climate chart (explanation)
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Average max. and min. temperatures in °F
Precipitation totals in inches
Source: The Weather Channel[5]

In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Belvidere have ranged from a low of 11 °F (−12 °C) in January to a high of 85 °F (29 °C) in July, although a record low of −29 °F (−34 °C) was recorded in January 1979 and a record high of 109 °F (43 °C) was recorded in July 1936. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.29 inches (33 mm) in February to 4.56 inches (116 mm) in June.[5]

Demographics[edit]

2000 census age pyramid for Boone County.
Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 1,705
1850 7,624 347.2%
1860 11,678 53.2%
1870 12,942 10.8%
1880 11,508 −11.1%
1890 12,203 6.0%
1900 15,791 29.4%
1910 15,481 −2.0%
1920 15,322 −1.0%
1930 15,078 −1.6%
1940 15,202 0.8%
1950 17,070 12.3%
1960 20,326 19.1%
1970 25,440 25.2%
1980 28,630 12.5%
1990 30,806 7.6%
2000 41,786 35.6%
2010 54,165 29.6%
Est. 2013 53,957 −0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 41,786 people, 14,597 households, and 11,254 families residing in the county. The population density was 149 people per square mile (57/km²). There were 15,414 housing units at an average density of 55 per square mile (21/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 90.09% White, 0.90% Black or African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 6.67% from other races, and 1.54% from two or more races. 12.49% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 27.9% were of German, 9.6% Irish, 7.5% English, 6.2% Italian, 6.1% Swedish, 6.1% American and 5.0% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000. 87.9% spoke English and 11.1% Spanish as their first language. The student population stands at roughly 5000, with 3000 of them being in a high school designed for 1800 students. In 2008 Belvidere North High School was opened to offset the overcrowding at Belvidere High School.

There were 14,597 households out of which 40.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.20% were married couples living together, 8.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.90% were non-families. 19.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.84 and the average family size was 3.24.

In the county the population was spread out with 29.80% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 29.90% from 25 to 44, 22.00% from 45 to 64, and 10.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 100.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $52,397, and the median income for a family was $59,305. Males had a median income of $41,992 versus $25,695 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,590. About 5.10% of families and 7.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.70% of those under age 18 and 5.80% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Villages[edit]

Unincorporated community[edit]

Townships[edit]

Boone County is divided into these nine townships:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ History of the Origin of the Place Names in Nine Northwestern States. 1908. p. 12. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ a b "Monthly Averages for Belvidere, Illinois". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 3, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 3, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 3, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 3, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 42°20′N 88°49′W / 42.33°N 88.81°W / 42.33; -88.81