Carroll County, Illinois

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Carroll County, Illinois
CARROLL COUNTY COURTHOUSE.jpg
Carroll County Courthouse
Map of Illinois highlighting Carroll County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the United States highlighting Illinois
Illinois's location in the U.S.
Founded 1839
Named for Charles Carroll
Seat Mount Carroll
Largest city Savanna
Area
 • Total 466 sq mi (1,207 km2)
 • Land 445 sq mi (1,153 km2)
 • Water 22 sq mi (57 km2), 4.6%
Population
 • (2010) 15,387
 • Density 35/sq mi (14/km²)
Congressional district 17th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website visitcarrollcountyil.com

Carroll County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. As of the 2010 census, the population was 15,387.[1] Its county seat is Mount Carroll.[2]

History[edit]

Carroll County was formed in 1839 out of Jo Daviess County. The county is named for Charles Carroll who signed the Declaration of Independence.[3] Carroll, who died in 1832, was the last signer to die.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 466 square miles (1,210 km2), of which 445 square miles (1,150 km2) is land and 22 square miles (57 km2) (4.6%) is water.[4] The Mississippi Palisades State Park is in this county, just north of the city of Savanna. The Savanna Army Depot is located partly in this county.

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Climate and weather[edit]

Mount Carroll, 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 Mount Carroll have ranged from a low of 7 °F (−14 °C) in January to a high of 85 °F (29 °C) in July, although a record low of −31 °F (−35 °C) was recorded in January 1910 and a record high of 108 °F (42 °C) was recorded in July 1936. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.43 inches (36 mm) in January to 4.77 inches (121 mm) in June.[5]

Demographics[edit]

2000 census age pyramid for Carroll County.
Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 1,023
1850 4,586 348.3%
1860 11,733 155.8%
1870 16,705 42.4%
1880 16,976 1.6%
1890 18,320 7.9%
1900 18,963 3.5%
1910 18,035 −4.9%
1920 19,345 7.3%
1930 18,433 −4.7%
1940 17,987 −2.4%
1950 18,976 5.5%
1960 19,507 2.8%
1970 19,276 −1.2%
1980 18,779 −2.6%
1990 16,805 −10.5%
2000 16,674 −0.8%
2010 15,387 −7.7%
Est. 2013 14,910 −3.1%
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 16,674 people, 6,794 households, and 4,681 families residing in the county. The population density was 14/km² (38/sq mi). There were 7,945 housing units at an average density of 7/km² (18/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 96.94% White, 0.55% Black or African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.82% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. 2.04% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 42.4% were of German, 10.7% American, 9.8% Irish, 7.6% English and 5.0% Dutch ancestry according to Census 2000. 97.3% spoke English and 1.5% Spanish as their first language.

There were 6,794 households out of which 28.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.40% were married couples living together, 7.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.10% were non-families. 27.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.30% under the age of 18, 6.60% from 18 to 24, 25.40% from 25 to 44, 24.50% from 45 to 64, and 19.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 97.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,148, and the median income for a family was $43,685. Males had a median income of $31,318 versus $21,753 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,688. About 7.40% of families and 9.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.30% of those under age 18 and 5.90% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Villages[edit]

Townships[edit]

Carroll County is divided into these twelve townships:

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 70. 
  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 Mount Carroll, Illinois". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  11. ^ "Kansas Governor Willis Joshua Bailey". National Governors Association. Retrieved September 29, 2012. 

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Coordinates: 42°04′N 89°55′W / 42.06°N 89.92°W / 42.06; -89.92