DeSoto Township, Jackson County, Illinois

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De Soto Township
Location in Jackson County
Location in Jackson County
Jackson County's location in Illinois
Jackson County's location in Illinois
Coordinates: 37°49′07″N 89°12′50″W / 37.81861°N 89.21389°W / 37.81861; -89.21389Coordinates: 37°49′07″N 89°12′50″W / 37.81861°N 89.21389°W / 37.81861; -89.21389
Country United States
State Illinois
County Jackson
Established November 4, 1884
 • Total 37.94 sq mi (98.3 km2)
 • Land 36.79 sq mi (95.3 km2)
 • Water 1.15 sq mi (3.0 km2)  3.03%
Elevation 390 ft (119 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,388
 • Density 64.9/sq mi (25.1/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 62901, 62924, 62932, 62966
GNIS feature ID 0428892

De Soto Township is one of sixteen townships in Jackson County, Illinois, USA. As of the 2010 census, its population was 2,388 and it contained 1,060 housing units.[1]


DeSoto Township is named for Hernando de Soto, the discoverer of the Mississippi River.[2]


According to the 2010 census, the township has a total area of 37.94 square miles (98.3 km2), of which 36.79 square miles (95.3 km2) (or 96.97%) is land and 1.15 square miles (3.0 km2) (or 3.03%) is water.[1]

Cities, towns, villages[edit]

Unincorporated towns[edit]

(This list is based on USGS data and may include former settlements.)

Adjacent townships[edit]


The township contains these five cemeteries: Beasley, Central-Crews, De Soto, Howard and Indian Hill.

Major highways[edit]

Airports and landing strips[edit]

  • Southern Illinois Airport

School districts[edit]

  • Elverado Community Unit School District 196
  • Herrin Community Unit School District 4

Political districts[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County -- County Subdivision and Place -- 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census. Retrieved 2013-05-28. 
  2. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 105. 

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