Grundy County, Illinois
|Grundy County, Illinois|
Grundy County Courthouse
Location in the state of Illinois
Illinois's location in the U.S.
|Founded||February 17, 1841|
|Named for||Felix Grundy|
|• Total||430 sq mi (1,114 km2)|
|• Land||418 sq mi (1,083 km2)|
|• Water||12 sq mi (31 km2), 2.9%|
|• Density||120/sq mi (46/km²)|
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Illinois' State Fossil, the unique and bizarre Tully Monster was first found in Mazon Creek. Grundy County Speedway is located in Morris. Grundy County is also home to Dresden Generating Station--the first privately financed nuclear power plant built in the United States--and the Morris Operation--the only de facto high-level radioactive waste storage site in the United States.
Grundy County was established on February 17, 1841. It was formed out of LaSalle County and named after U.S. Attorney General Felix Grundy (1777-1840). The county was well known for its coal mines and attracted miners from Pennsylvania and other regions to work its deposits. Braidwood endured one major coal mining disaster. Most of the coal was destined for the Chicago area.
Climate and weather
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In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Morris have ranged from a low of 13 °F (−11 °C) in January to a high of 85 °F (29 °C) in July, although a record low of −24 °F (−31 °C) was recorded in January 1985 and a record high of 103 °F (39 °C) was recorded in June 1988. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.59 inches (40 mm) in February to 4.16 inches (106 mm) in June.
As of the U.S. Census of 2000, there were 37,535 people, 14,293 households, and 10,276 families residing in the county. The population density was 89 people per square mile (35/km²). There were 15,040 housing units at an average density of 36 per square mile (14/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.09% White, 0.19% Black or African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.30% from other races, and 0.87% from two or more races. 4.13% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 20.7% were of German, 15.2% Irish, 12.0% Italian, 8.3% Norwegian, 7.4% English and 6.7% American ancestry according to Census 2000. 95.2% spoke English and 3.7% Spanish as their first language.
There were 14,293 households out of which 35.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.60% were married couples living together, 8.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.10% were non-families. 23.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.09.
In the county the population was spread out with 26.60% under the age of 18, 8.30% from 18 to 24, 30.20% from 25 to 44, 22.50% from 45 to 64, and 12.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 98.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.40 males.
The median income for a home in the county is $51,719, and the median income for a family was $60,862. Males had a median income of $46,392 versus $26,487 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,591. About 3.20% of families and 4.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.00% of those under age 18 and 6.00% of those age 65 or over.
Grundy County is divided into seventeen townships:
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