Douglas County, Illinois

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Douglas County, Illinois
Douglas County Illinois Courthouse Monument.jpg
A veterans memorial on the east side of the courthouse
Map of Illinois highlighting Douglas County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the United States highlighting Illinois
Illinois's location in the U.S.
Founded 1859
Named for Stephen A. Douglas
Seat Tuscola
Largest city Tuscola
Area
 • Total 417 sq mi (1,080 km2)
 • Land 416 sq mi (1,077 km2)
 • Water 0.6 sq mi (2 km2), 0.1%
Population
 • (2010) 19,980
 • Density 48/sq mi (19/km²)
Congressional district 15th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Douglas County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. As of the 2010 census, the population was 19,980.[1] The county seat is Tuscola.[2]

History[edit]

Douglas County was formed in 1859 out of Coles County. It was named in honor of Stephen A. Douglas,[3] who was elected to the United States Senate in 1858, following the Lincoln-Douglas Debates.

Geography[edit]

The west side of the Douglas County courthouse.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 417 square miles (1,080 km2), of which 417 square miles (1,080 km2) is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) (0.1%) is water.[4]

Climate and weather[edit]

Tuscola, 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 Tuscola have ranged from a low of 18 °F (−8 °C) in January to a high of 88 °F (31 °C) in July, although a record low of −26 °F (−32 °C) was recorded in December 1989 and a record high of 113 °F (45 °C) was recorded in July 1954. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 2.12 inches (54 mm) in February to 4.64 inches (118 mm) in July.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

2000 census age pyramid for Douglas County
Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 7,140
1870 13,484 88.9%
1880 15,853 17.6%
1890 17,669 11.5%
1900 19,097 8.1%
1910 19,591 2.6%
1920 19,604 0.1%
1930 17,914 −8.6%
1940 17,590 −1.8%
1950 16,706 −5.0%
1960 19,243 15.2%
1970 18,997 −1.3%
1980 19,774 4.1%
1990 19,464 −1.6%
2000 19,922 2.4%
2010 19,980 0.3%
Est. 2013 19,887 −0.5%
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 19,922 people, 7,574 households, and 5,476 families residing in the county. The population density was 48 people per square mile (18/km²). There were 8,005 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.25% White, 0.30% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.32% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. 3.46% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 30.9% were of German, 21.1% American, 12.4% English and 9.1% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000. 86.8% spoke English, 7.6% German, 3.6% Spanish and 1.6% Pennsylvania Dutch as their first language.

There were 7,574 households out of which 33.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.10% were married couples living together, 7.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.70% were non-families. 24.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.00% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 26.80% from 25 to 44, 22.10% from 45 to 64, and 16.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 94.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,439, and the median income for a family was $46,117. Males had a median income of $33,079 versus $21,774 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,474. About 4.20% of families and 6.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.90% of those under age 18 and 7.60% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Map of Douglas County, Illinois

Cities[edit]

Villages[edit]

Unincorporated community[edit]

  • Hugo

Townships[edit]

Douglas County is divided into nine townships:

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. 108. 
  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 Tuscola, 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. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°46′N 88°13′W / 39.77°N 88.22°W / 39.77; -88.22