Whiteside County, Illinois

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Whiteside County, Illinois
Map of Illinois highlighting Whiteside County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the United States highlighting Illinois
Illinois's location in the U.S.
Founded 1836
Named for Samuel Whiteside
Seat Morrison
Largest city Sterling
Area
 • Total 696.53 sq mi (1,804 km2)
 • Land 684.25 sq mi (1,772 km2)
 • Water 12.28 sq mi (32 km2), 1.50
Population
 • (2010) 58,498
 • Density 89/sq mi (34/km²)
Congressional district 17th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.whiteside.org

Whiteside County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. According to the 2010 census, it had a population of 58,498, which is a decrease of 3.6% from 60,653 in 2000.[1] Its county seat is Morrison.[2]

The Sterling Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Whiteside County.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 696.53 square miles (1,804.0 km2), of which 684.25 square miles (1,772.2 km2) (or 98.24%) is land and 12.28 square miles (31.8 km2) (or 1.76%) is water.[3]

Major highways[edit]

Townships[edit]

Albany, Clyde, Erie, Fenton, Fulton, Garden Plain, Geneseo, Hahnaman, Hopkins, Hume, Jordan, Lyndon, Montmorency, Mount Pleasant, Newton, Portland, Prophetstown, Sterling, Rock Falls, Tampico, Union Grove, Ustick

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

History[edit]

Whiteside County was formed in 1836 out of Jo Daviess and Henry counties. It was named for General Samuel Whiteside, an Illinois officer in the War of 1812 and Black Hawk War.

Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan was born in the Whiteside County community of Tampico.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 2,514
1850 5,361 113.2%
1860 18,737 249.5%
1870 27,503 46.8%
1880 30,885 12.3%
1890 30,854 −0.1%
1900 34,710 12.5%
1910 34,507 −0.6%
1920 36,174 4.8%
1930 39,019 7.9%
1940 43,338 11.1%
1950 49,336 13.8%
1960 59,887 21.4%
1970 62,877 5.0%
1980 65,970 4.9%
1990 60,186 −8.8%
2000 60,653 0.8%
2010 58,498 −3.6%
Est. 2012 57,846 −1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2012 Estimate[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 60,653 people, 23,684 households, and 16,768 families residing in the county. The population density was 89 people per square mile (34/km²). There were 25,025 housing units at an average density of 36 per square mile (14/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 84.81% White, 8.02% Black or African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 4.07% from other races, and 1.41% from two or more races. 8.82% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 28.5% were of German, 10.8% Irish, 9.9% Dutch, 9.6% American and 7.7% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 23,684 households out of which 31.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.50% were married couples living together, 9.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.20% were non-families. 25.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.00% under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 27.00% from 25 to 44, 23.70% from 45 to 64, and 16.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $40,354, and the median income for a family was $46,653. Males had a median income of $35,314 versus $21,828 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,296. About 6.20% of families and 8.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.40% of those under age 18 and 4.80% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Townships[edit]

Whiteside County is divided into these townships:

Climate and weather[edit]

Morrison, Illinois
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Average max. and min. temperatures in °F
Precipitation totals in inches
Source: The Weather Channel[7]

In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Morrison have ranged from a low of 10 °F (−12 °C) in January to a high of 85 °F (29 °C) in July, although a record low of −30 °F (−34 °C) was recorded in February 1905 and a record high of 112 °F (44 °C) was recorded in July 1936. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.51 inches (38 mm) in February to 4.69 inches (119 mm) in August.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Whiteside County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-11-05. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Census 2010 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-11-05. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ a b "Monthly Averages for Morrison, Illinois". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°45′N 89°55′W / 41.75°N 89.91°W / 41.75; -89.91