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DeKalb County, Illinois
Seal of DeKalb County, Illinois
Map of Illinois highlighting DeKalb County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Illinois's location in the U.S.
Seat Sycamore
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

634 sq mi (1,642 km²)

1 sq mi (3 km²), 0.13%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

88,969
140/sq mi (54/km²)
Founded 1836
Website www.dekalbcounty.org

DeKalb County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. In 2000, the population was 88,969. As of 2007, the population is estimated at 103,729. Its county seat is Sycamore, Illinois[1]. DeKalb County is part of the Chicago metropolitan statistical area.

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History

DeKalb County was formed in 1837 out of Kane County, Illinois. The County was named in honor of Johann de Kalb a German (Bavarian) hero of the American Revolutionary War. Kalb was with Gen. Washington at Valley Forge. He was killed at the Battle of Camden.

Pronunciation

Unlike similarly spelled locations, such as DeKalb County, Georgia, DeKalb denizens from Illinois pronounce the county name /dɨˈkælb/ "di-KALB", with an L sound, as opposed to a silent "L."

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 635 square miles (1,645 km²), of which 634 square miles (1,642 km²) is land and 1 square mile (2 km²) (0.13%) is water.

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Adjacent counties

Major highways

Townships

DeKalb County's Legislative Center.

DeKalb County is divided into nineteen townships:

Cities and towns

Political districts

Demographics

DeKalb County
Population by year

2000 - 88,969
1990 - 77,932
1980 - 74,624
1970 - 71,654
1960 - 51,714
1950 - 40,781
1940 - 34,388
1930 - 32,644
1920 - 31,339
1910 - 33,457
1900 - 31,756
1890 - 27,066
1880 - 26,768
1870 - 23,265
1860 - 19,086
1850 - 7,540
1840 - 1,697

2000 census age pyramid for DeKalb County.

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 88,969 people, 31,674 households, and 19,954 families residing in the county. The population density was 140 people per square mile (54/km²). There were 32,988 housing units at an average density of 52 per square mile (20/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 88.46% White, 4.59% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 2.35% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 2.74% from other races, and 1.57% from two or more races. 6.55% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 25.6% were of German, 10.8% Irish, 7.2% English, 5.9% American and 5.0% Norwegian ancestry according to Census 2000. 90.8% spoke English and 5.7% Spanish as their first language.

There were 31,674 households out of which 32.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.90% were married couples living together, 8.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.00% were non-families. 25.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.10% under the age of 18, 22.00% from 18 to 24, 27.60% from 25 to 44, 17.40% from 45 to 64, and 9.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 98.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $45,828, and the median income for a family was $58,194. Males had a median income of $41,111 versus $26,690 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,462. About 5.10% of families and 11.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.10% of those under age 18 and 4.50% of those age 65 or over.

References

  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Template.cfm?Section=Find_a_County&Template=/cffiles/counties/usamap.cfm. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 41°53′N 88°46′W / 41.89°N 88.77°W / 41.89; -88.77


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DeKalb County, Illinois
Seal of DeKalb County, Illinois
Map
File:Map of Illinois highlighting DeKalb County.png
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the USA highlighting Illinois
Illinois's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1836
Seat Sycamore
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 0.13%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

88969
Website: www.dekalbcounty.org

DeKalb County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. As of 2000, the population was 88,969. Its county seat is Sycamore6.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,645 km² (635 sq mi). 1,642 km² (634 sq mi) of it is land and 2 km² (1 sq mi) of it (0.13%) is water.

Adjacent Counties

History

DeKalb County was formed in 1837 out of Kane County. The County was named in honor of Johann de Kalb a German (Bavarian) hero of the American Revolutionary War. Kalb was with Gen. Washington at Valley Forge. He was killed at the Battle of Camden.

Demographics

DeKalb County
Population by year

2000 - 88,969
1990 - 77,932
1980 - 74,624
1970 - 71,654
1960 - 51,714
1950 - 40,781
1940 - 34,388
1930 - 32,644
1920 - 31,339
1910 - 33,457
1900 - 31,756
1890 - 27,066
1880 - 26,768
1870 - 23,265
1860 - 19,086
1850 - 7,540
1840 - 1,697

2000 census age pyramid for DeKalb County.

As of the census² of 2000, there were 88,969 people, 31,674 households, and 19,954 families residing in the county. The population density was 54/km² (140/sq mi). There were 32,988 housing units at an average density of 20/km² (52/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 88.46% White, 4.59% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 2.35% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 2.74% from other races, and 1.57% from two or more races. 6.55% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 31,674 households out of which 32.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.90% were married couples living together, 8.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.00% were non-families. 25.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.10% under the age of 18, 22.00% from 18 to 24, 27.60% from 25 to 44, 17.40% from 45 to 64, and 9.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 98.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $45,828, and the median income for a family was $58,194. Males had a median income of $41,111 versus $26,690 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,462. About 5.10% of families and 11.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.10% of those under age 18 and 4.50% of those age 65 or over.

Townships

DeKalb County's Legislative Center.
  • Afton Township
  • Clinton Township
  • Cortland Township
  • DeKalb Township
  • Franklin Township
  • Genoa Township
  • Kingston Township
  • Malta Township
  • Mayfield Township
  • Milan Township
  • Paw Paw Township
  • Pierce Township
  • Sandwich Township
  • Shabbona Township
  • Somonauk Township
  • South Grove Township
  • Squaw Grove Township
  • Sycamore Township
  • Victor Township

Cities and towns

Pronunciation

Area residents pronounce the county name, as well as the name of city of DeKalb as "dee-KALB" (dĭ-kālb') (IPA]/di:'kaelb/) (the L sound is present), not as "dee-KABB" (dĭ-kāb') (IPA /di:'kaeb/) or "dee-KAHB" (dĭ-kŏhb') (IPA /di:'ka:b/) with the L silent, which are common pronunciations for similarly spelled locations, mostly located in the southern US, such as in DeKalb County.

External links

References

  • Forstall, Richard L. (editor) (1996). Population of states and counties of the United States: 1790 to 1990 : from the twenty-one decennial censuses. United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Population Division. ISBN 0-934213-48-8. 

Coordinates: 41°53′N 88°46′W / 41.89, -88.77

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