Boone County, Illinois
|Boone County, Illinois|
Floyd Hopkins Block in the Belvidere North State Street Historic District
Location in the U.S. state of Illinois
Illinois's location in the U.S.
|Named for||Daniel Boone|
|• Total||282 sq mi (730 km2)|
|• Land||281 sq mi (728 km2)|
|• Water||1.3 sq mi (3 km2), 0.5%|
|• Density||193/sq mi (75/km²)|
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Boone County was formed in 1837 out of Winnebago County. It was named for Kentucky frontiersman Daniel Boone. The first non-Native American settlers arrived in what is now Boone County in 1835. They arrived as a result of the end of the Black Hawk War as well as the completion of the Erie Canal. They consisted entirely of settlers from New England. These were "Yankee" settlers, that is to say they were descended from the English Puritans who settled New England in the colonial era. They were primarily members of the Congregational Church though due to the Second Great Awakening many of them had converted to Methodism and some had become Baptists before coming to what is now Boone County. When the New England settlers arrived in what is now Boone County there was nothing but a dense virgin forest and wild prairie. In the late 1870s immigrants began arriving from Germany and Ireland.
- Rock County, Wisconsin - north
- Walworth County, Wisconsin - northeast
- McHenry County - east
- DeKalb County - south
- Ogle County - southwest
- Winnebago County - west
Logan Avenue county route 40 Genoa Road (T-40) Garden Prairie Road county route 41 Poplar Grove Road county route 32 Capron Road (T-41)
Climate and weather
|Climate chart (explanation)|
In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Belvidere have ranged from a low of 11 °F (−12 °C) in January to a high of 85 °F (29 °C) in July, although a record low of −29 °F (−34 °C) was recorded in January 1979 and a record high of 109 °F (43 °C) was recorded in July 1936. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.29 inches (33 mm) in February to 4.56 inches (116 mm) in June.
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 54,165 people, 18,505 households, and 14,273 families residing in the county. The population density was 193.0 inhabitants per square mile (74.5/km2). There were 19,970 housing units at an average density of 71.1 per square mile (27.5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 84.4% white, 2.0% black or African American, 1.3% Asian, 0.4% American Indian, 9.3% from other races, and 2.6% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 20.2% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 25.6% were German, 13.7% were Irish, 9.2% were English, 8.6% were American, 7.7% were Italian, 7.1% were Swedish, and 5.0% were Polish.
Of the 18,505 households, 41.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.6% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 22.9% were non-families, and 18.9% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.91 and the average family size was 3.32. The median age was 36.8 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $61,210 and the median income for a family was $69,380. Males had a median income of $53,581 versus $34,651 for females. The per capita income for the county was $26,105. About 7.9% of families and 10.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.3% of those under age 18 and 5.0% of those age 65 or over.
- Belvidere Community Unit School District 100
- Harvard Community Unit School District 50
- Hiawatha Community Unit School District 426
- North Boone Community Unit School District 200
- Rockford School District 205
Boone County is divided into these nine townships:
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- United States Census Bureau 2007 TIGER/Line Shapefiles
- United States Board on Geographic Names (GNIS)
- United States National Atlas
||Rock County, Wisconsin||Walworth County, Wisconsin|
|Winnebago County||McHenry County|
|Ogle County||DeKalb County|