Christian County, Illinois
Location within the U.S. state of Illinois
Illinois's location within the U.S.
|Named for||Christian County, Kentucky|
|• Total||716 sq mi (1,850 km2)|
|• Land||709 sq mi (1,840 km2)|
|• Water||6.3 sq mi (16 km2) 0.9%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||49/sq mi (19/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Christian County was formed February 15, 1839 out of Sangamon, Montgomery and Shelby counties. It was named for Christian County, Kentucky. It was originally named Dane. It was called Dane County for a period of one year.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 716 square miles (1,850 km2), of which 709 square miles (1,840 km2) is land and 6.3 square miles (16 km2) (0.9%) is water. The county is bounded on the north by Sangamon River, and intersected by the south fork of that stream.
- Macon County (northeast)
- Shelby County (southeast)
- Montgomery County (southwest)
- Sangamon County (northwest)
Climate and weather
|Climate chart (explanation)|
In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Taylorville have ranged from a low of 16 °F (−9 °C) in January to a high of 86 °F (30 °C) in July, although a record low of −23 °F (−31 °C) was recorded in January 1994 and a record high of 104 °F (40 °C) was recorded in August 1988. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.78 inches (45 mm) in January to 3.77 inches (96 mm) in May.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 34,800 people, 14,055 households, and 9,211 families residing in the county. The population density was 49.1 inhabitants per square mile (19.0/km2). There were 15,563 housing units at an average density of 21.9 per square mile (8.5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 96.6% white, 1.4% black or African American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% American Indian, 0.4% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.4% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 21.9% were German, 12.7% were Irish, 10.6% were American, and 9.9% were English.
Of the 14,055 households, 30.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.1% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 34.5% were non-families, and 29.9% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.90. The median age was 41.6 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $41,712 and the median income for a family was $52,680. Males had a median income of $42,897 versus $30,027 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,519. About 12.7% of families and 16.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.6% of those under age 18 and 9.4% of those age 65 or over.
Other unincorporated places
Christian County is divided into these seventeen townships:
- Jon Corzine, Former governor of New Jersey, former resident of Willey Station.
- Roy A. Corzine (1882-1957), Illinois state representative and farmer, was born in Stonington.
- Harry Forrester, member of the Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame and Quincy University Hall of Fame.
- Brant Hansen, Christian radio host and author, graduated high school in Assumption.
- Frank P. Sadler (1872–1931), Illinois state senator and lawyer, lived on a farm near Grove City.
- John Wesley Fribley (1906–2002), state senate (1934–1952), born in Pana
Like most of German-settled Central Illinois, Christian County was solidly Democratic until Woodrow Wilson’s response to German defeat in World War I turned the county over to the Republican Party in its 1920, 1924 and 1928 landslides. The county remained Democratic-leaning through the rest of the twentieth century, only voting Republican in landslide wins. However, since 2000 Christian County has become reliably Republican due to opposition in this rural county to the Democratic Party’s liberal position on social issues and firearms laws.
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