Moultrie County, Illinois

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Moultrie County, Illinois
Moultrie County Courthouse, western side from south.jpg
Map of Illinois highlighting Moultrie County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the United States highlighting Illinois
Illinois's location in the U.S.
Founded 1843
Named for William Moultrie
Seat Sullivan
Largest city Sullivan
Area
 • Total 344 sq mi (891 km2)
 • Land 336 sq mi (870 km2)
 • Water 8.5 sq mi (22 km2), 2.5%
Population
 • (2010) 14,846
 • Density 44/sq mi (17/km²)
Congressional district 15th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.moultriecountyil.com

Moultrie County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. According to the 2010 census, it had a population of 14,846.[1] Its county seat is Sullivan.[2] The name is pronounced as in "mole tree", unlike the pronunciation of its namesake, South Carolinian William Moultrie.

History[edit]

Moultrie County was formed in 1843 out of Shelby and Coles counties. It is named for South Carolina General, and later Governor, William Moultrie. General Moultrie defended Sullivan's Island, South Carolina from British attack in 1776. The site was later renamed Fort Moultrie. Nearby Jasper County was named for Sgt. William Jasper, another hero of the defense of Sullivan's Island.

The official flag of the county is the Moultrie Flag, which was flown over the new fortress on Sullivan's Island, when Moultrie defended it, and was designed by Moultrie, himself. It went on to become iconic of liberty in the South.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 344 square miles (890 km2), of which 336 square miles (870 km2) is land and 8.5 square miles (22 km2) (2.5%) is water.[3]

Climate and weather[edit]

Sullivan, Illinois
Climate chart (explanation)
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Average max. and min. temperatures in °F
Precipitation totals in inches
Source: The Weather Channel[4]

In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Sullivan have ranged from a low of 19 °F (−7 °C) in January to a high of 87 °F (31 °C) in July, although a record low of −26 °F (−32 °C) was recorded in January 1915 and a record high of 111 °F (44 °C) was recorded in July 1936. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.89 inches (48 mm) in February to 4.05 inches (103 mm) in June.[4]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 3,234
1860 6,385 97.4%
1870 10,385 62.6%
1880 13,699 31.9%
1890 14,481 5.7%
1900 15,224 5.1%
1910 14,630 −3.9%
1920 14,839 1.4%
1930 13,247 −10.7%
1940 13,477 1.7%
1950 13,171 −2.3%
1960 13,635 3.5%
1970 13,263 −2.7%
1980 14,546 9.7%
1990 13,930 −4.2%
2000 14,287 2.6%
2010 14,846 3.9%
Est. 2013 14,876 0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census of 2000,[9] there were 14,287 people, 5,405 households, and 3,978 families residing in the county. The population density was 43 people per square mile (16/km²). There were 5,743 housing units at an average density of 17 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.91% White, 0.20% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.11% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. 0.48% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 28.8% were of German, 27.2% American, 11.4% English and 10.1% Irish ancestry.

There were 5,405 households out of which 33.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.30% were married couples living together, 7.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.40% were non-families. 23.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.70% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 26.00% from 25 to 44, 22.80% from 45 to 64, and 17.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 93.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $40,084, and the median income for a family was $46,655. Males had a median income of $35,470 versus $21,168 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,562. About 5.30% of families and 7.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.90% of those under age 18 and 7.70% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Map of Moultrie County, Illinois

City[edit]

Villages[edit]

Townships[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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

Coordinates: 39°38′N 88°37′W / 39.64°N 88.62°W / 39.64; -88.62