Lee County, Illinois

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Lee County, Illinois
Dixon Il Lee County Courthouse3.jpg
Lee County Courthouse
Map of Illinois highlighting Lee County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the United States highlighting Illinois
Illinois's location in the U.S.
Founded February 27, 1839
Named for Henry Lee III
Seat Dixon
Largest city Dixon
Area
 • Total 728.95 sq mi (1,888 km2)
 • Land 724.90 sq mi (1,877 km2)
 • Water 4.06 sq mi (11 km2), 0.56%
Population
 • (2010) 36,031
 • Density 50/sq mi (19/km²)
Congressional district 16th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.countyoflee.org

Lee County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 36,031, which is a decrease of 0.1% from 36,062 in 2000.[1] Its county seat is Dixon.[2]

The Dixon Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Lee County.

History[edit]

Lee County was formed in 1839 out of Ogle County. The County is named in honor of Lighthorse Harry Lee, officer in the Revolutionary War, or Richard Henry Lee, member of the Continental Congress. The Declaration of Independence was adopted pursuant to Lee's Resolution. Future President Ronald Reagan lived in Dixon as a boy and attended Dixon High School.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 728.95 square miles (1,888.0 km2), of which 724.90 square miles (1,877.5 km2) (or 99.44%) is land and 4.06 square miles (10.5 km2) (or 0.56%) is water.[4]

Cities and towns[edit]

A wind farm in southeast Lee county just west of Interstate 39 exit 82.

Townships[edit]

Lee County is divided into twenty-two townships:

Major highways[edit]

Other features[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 2,035
1850 5,292 160.0%
1860 17,651 233.5%
1870 27,171 53.9%
1880 27,491 1.2%
1890 26,187 −4.7%
1900 29,894 14.2%
1910 27,750 −7.2%
1920 28,004 0.9%
1930 32,329 15.4%
1940 34,604 7.0%
1950 36,451 5.3%
1960 38,749 6.3%
1970 37,947 −2.1%
1980 36,328 −4.3%
1990 34,392 −5.3%
2000 36,062 4.9%
2010 36,031 −0.1%
Est. 2012 35,037 −2.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 36,062 people, 13,253 households, and 9,144 families residing in the county. The population density was 50 people per square mile (19/km²). There were 14,310 housing units at an average density of 20 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.68% White, 4.91% Black or African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.56% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.77% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. 3.18% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 33.9% were of German, 14.9% Irish, 8.9% American and 8.4% English ancestry according to Census 2000. 97.1% spoke English and 1.7% Spanish as their first language.

2000 census age pyramid for Lee County

There were 13,253 households out of which 32.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.90% were married couples living together, 9.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.00% were non-families. 26.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.20% under the age of 18, 7.80% from 18 to 24, 30.30% from 25 to 44, 23.10% from 45 to 64, and 14.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 105.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $40,967, and the median income for a family was $48,730. Males had a median income of $35,754 versus $22,305 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,650. About 4.90% of families and 7.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.40% of those under age 18 and 8.90% of those age 65 or over.

Climate and weather[edit]

Dixon, Illinois
Climate chart (explanation)
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Average max. and min. temperatures in °F
Precipitation totals in inches
Source: The Weather Channel[8]

In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Dixon have ranged from a low of 10 °F (−12 °C) in January to a high of 82 °F (28 °C) in July, although a record low of −27 °F (−33 °C) was recorded in January 1999 and a record high of 110 °F (43 °C) was recorded in July 1936. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.43 inches (36 mm) in February to 4.88 inches (124 mm) in June.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lee County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-11-05. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "School House to White House: The Education of the Presidents". National Archives and Records Administration. Retrieved December 30, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Census 2010 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-11-05. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved July 27, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved July 27, 2013. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ a b "Monthly Averages for Dixon, Illinois". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°45′N 89°18′W / 41.750°N 89.300°W / 41.750; -89.300