Scott County, Illinois

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Scott County
Scott County Courthouse, Winchester
Map of Illinois highlighting Scott County
Location within the U.S. state of Illinois
Map of the United States highlighting Illinois
Illinois's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 39°39′N 90°29′W / 39.65°N 90.48°W / 39.65; -90.48
Country United States
State Illinois
Founded1839
Named forScott County, Kentucky
SeatWinchester
Largest cityWinchester
Area
 • Total253 sq mi (660 km2)
 • Land251 sq mi (650 km2)
 • Water1.9 sq mi (5 km2)  0.7%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total5,355
 • Estimate 
(2018)
4,926
 • Density21/sq mi (8.2/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district18th

Scott County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. According to the 2010 census, it had a population of 5,355,[1] making it the fourth-least populous county in Illinois. Its county seat is Winchester.[2]

Scott County is part of the Jacksonville, IL Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Springfield-Jacksonville-Lincoln, IL Combined Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Scott County was formed in 1839 out of Morgan County. It was named for Scott County, Kentucky.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 253 square miles (660 km2), of which 251 square miles (650 km2) is land and 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2) (0.7%) is water.[3] The county's western boundary is formed by the Illinois River.

Climate and weather[edit]

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Average max. and min. temperatures in °F
Precipitation totals in inches
Source: The Weather Channel[4]

In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Winchester have ranged from a low of 16 °F (−9 °C) in January to a high of 87 °F (31 °C) in July, although a record low of −26 °F (−32 °C) was recorded in January 1912 and a record high of 113 °F (45 °C) was recorded in July 1934. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.60 inches (41 mm) in January to 4.34 inches (110 mm) in May.[4]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18406,215
18507,91427.3%
18609,06914.6%
187010,53016.1%
188010,7412.0%
189010,304−4.1%
190010,4551.5%
191010,067−3.7%
19209,489−5.7%
19308,539−10.0%
19408,176−4.3%
19507,245−11.4%
19606,377−12.0%
19706,096−4.4%
19806,1420.8%
19905,644−8.1%
20005,537−1.9%
20105,355−3.3%
20204,949−7.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2017[1]

As of the 2010 census, there were 5,355 people, 2,214 households, and 1,516 families living in the county.[9] The population density was 21.3 inhabitants per square mile (8.2/km2). There were 2,459 housing units at an average density of 9.8 per square mile (3.8/km2).[3] The racial makeup of the county was 98.6% white, 0.2% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 0.2% black or African American, 0.1% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.8% of the population.[9] In terms of ancestry, 26.3% were German, 24.3% were American, 18.0% were English, and 16.2% were Irish.[10]

Of the 2,214 households, 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.7% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 31.5% were non-families, and 27.3% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.89. The median age was 42.7 years.[9]

The median income for a household in the county was $49,462 and the median income for a family was $64,412. Males had a median income of $40,781 versus $32,011 for females. The per capita income for the county was $27,530. About 6.5% of families and 9.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.5% of those under age 18 and 10.2% of those age 65 or over.[11]

Communities[edit]

City[edit]

Town[edit]

Villages[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Population ranking[edit]

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2020 census of Scott County.

county seat

Rank Place Municipal type Population (2020 Census)
1 Winchester City 1,574
2 Bluffs Village 618
3 Manchester Village 265
4 Alsey Village 195
5 Glasgow Village 119
6 Naples Town 100
7 Exeter Town 87

Politics[edit]

United States presidential election results for Scott County, Illinois[12]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 2,114 77.07% 572 20.85% 57 2.08%
2016 1,966 75.38% 535 20.51% 107 4.10%
2012 1,587 61.80% 910 35.44% 71 2.76%
2008 1,455 55.81% 1,090 41.81% 62 2.38%
2004 1,696 64.34% 927 35.17% 13 0.49%
2000 1,458 59.05% 954 38.64% 57 2.31%
1996 1,112 43.81% 1,012 39.87% 414 16.31%
1992 1,132 40.68% 1,057 37.98% 594 21.34%
1988 1,535 55.02% 1,243 44.55% 12 0.43%
1984 1,976 67.33% 943 32.13% 16 0.55%
1980 1,990 65.42% 941 30.93% 111 3.65%
1976 1,789 55.35% 1,424 44.06% 19 0.59%
1972 2,228 66.00% 1,145 33.92% 3 0.09%
1968 1,971 55.55% 1,252 35.29% 325 9.16%
1964 1,627 45.46% 1,952 54.54% 0 0.00%
1960 2,267 59.44% 1,543 40.46% 4 0.10%
1956 2,303 60.91% 1,478 39.09% 0 0.00%
1952 2,298 60.36% 1,506 39.56% 3 0.08%
1948 1,840 51.28% 1,735 48.36% 13 0.36%
1944 2,185 53.84% 1,864 45.93% 9 0.22%
1940 2,585 50.70% 2,492 48.87% 22 0.43%
1936 2,165 42.14% 2,945 57.32% 28 0.54%
1932 1,740 36.22% 3,012 62.70% 52 1.08%
1928 2,601 59.96% 1,730 39.88% 7 0.16%
1924 2,227 50.49% 1,994 45.21% 190 4.31%
1920 2,075 52.25% 1,786 44.98% 110 2.77%
1916 2,126 45.72% 2,457 52.84% 67 1.44%
1912 379 15.41% 1,341 54.53% 739 30.05%
1908 1,101 42.76% 1,376 53.44% 98 3.81%
1904 1,163 45.47% 1,236 48.32% 159 6.22%
1900 1,204 42.59% 1,585 56.07% 38 1.34%
1896 1,261 43.63% 1,598 55.29% 31 1.07%
1892 1,006 39.73% 1,282 50.63% 244 9.64%


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved July 8, 2014.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Monthly Averages for Winchester, Illinois". The Weather Channel. Retrieved January 27, 2011.
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 8, 2014.
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 8, 2014.
  7. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 8, 2014.
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 8, 2014.
  9. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  10. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  11. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  12. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved April 1, 2018.

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Coordinates: 39°39′N 90°29′W / 39.65°N 90.48°W / 39.65; -90.48