Pulaski County, Illinois

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Pulaski County, Illinois
Map of Illinois highlighting Pulaski 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 Casimir Pulaski
Seat Mound City
Largest city Mounds
Area
 • Total 203 sq mi (526 km2)
 • Land 199 sq mi (515 km2)
 • Water 4.0 sq mi (10 km2), 2.0%
Population
 • (2010) 6,161
 • Density 31/sq mi (12/km²)
Congressional district 12th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Pulaski County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. According to the 2010 census, it had a population of 6,161.[1] Its county seat is Mound City.[2] It is located along the Ohio River in the portion of the state known locally as "Little Egypt".

History[edit]

Pulaski County was formed on March 3, 1843, out of parts of Alexander and Johnson counties. It was named in honor of Kazimierz Pułaski who was killed at the Siege of Savannah in the Revolutionary War.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 203 square miles (530 km2), of which 199 square miles (520 km2) is land and 4.0 square miles (10 km2) (2.0%) is water.[4] It is the third-smallest county in Illinois by area.

Climate and weather[edit]

Mound City, 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 Mound City have ranged from a low of 26 °F (−3 °C) in January to a high of 90 °F (32 °C) in July, although a record low of −12 °F (−24 °C) was recorded in January 1985 and a record high of 104 °F (40 °C) was recorded in June 1954. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 3.04 inches (77 mm) in September to 4.76 inches (121 mm) in May.[5]

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Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 2,265
1860 3,943 74.1%
1870 8,752 122.0%
1880 9,507 8.6%
1890 11,355 19.4%
1900 14,554 28.2%
1910 15,650 7.5%
1920 14,629 −6.5%
1930 14,834 1.4%
1940 15,875 7.0%
1950 13,639 −14.1%
1960 10,490 −23.1%
1970 8,741 −16.7%
1980 8,840 1.1%
1990 7,523 −14.9%
2000 7,348 −2.3%
2010 6,161 −16.2%
Est. 2013 5,908 −4.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census of 2000,[10] there were 7,348 people, 2,893 households, and 1,941 families residing in the county. The population density was 37 people per square mile (14/km²). There were 3,353 housing units at an average density of 17 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 66.52% White, 31.00% Black or African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.93% Asian, 0.27% from other races, and 1.14% from two or more races. 1.46% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 27.1% were of American, 13.6% German, 8.2% English and 6.2% Irish ancestry.

There were 2,893 households out of which 31.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.40% were married couples living together, 15.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.90% were non-families. 30.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.20% under the age of 18, 8.30% from 18 to 24, 25.30% from 25 to 44, 21.70% from 45 to 64, and 17.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 91.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $25,361, and the median income for a family was $33,193. Males had a median income of $29,198 versus $19,656 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,325. About 20.50% of families and 24.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.70% of those under age 18 and 21.30% of those age 65 or over.

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Cities[edit]

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Unincorporated communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Callary, Edward (2009). Place Names of Illinois. Urbana and Chicago, Illinois: University of Illinois Press. p. 287. 
  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 Mound City, Illinois". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 37°14′N 89°08′W / 37.23°N 89.13°W / 37.23; -89.13