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Jefferson County, Illinois
Map of Illinois highlighting Jefferson County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Illinois's location in the U.S.
Seat Mount Vernon
Largest city Mount Vernon
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

584 sq mi (1,512 km²)
571 sq mi (1,479 km²)
13 sq mi (33 km²), 2.19%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

40,045
70/sq mi (27/km²)
Founded 1819
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Jefferson County is a county located in the southern part of the U.S. state of Illinois. As of 2000, the population was 40,045. The county seat is Mount Vernon[1].

Jefferson County is part of the Mount Vernon Micropolitan Statistical Area.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 584 square miles (1,512 km²), of which 571 square miles (1,479 km²) is land and 13 square miles (33 km²) (2.19%) is water.

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Major highways

Adjacent counties

History

The first settler in Jefferson County is believed to have been Andrew Moore. In 1810, he settled near the southeast corner of the county, near where the Goshen Road emerges from the forest of Hamilton County into what is now known as Moore's Prairie. It is interesting that Moore arrived from the Goshen Settlement, near Edwardsville. His migration was therefore retrograde, from the west toward the interior of the State.

In 1814 Andrew Moore departed with his eight-year old son for Jordan's settlement, a journey from which he never returned. A skull that was believed to have been Moore's was found several years later about two miles from his cabin. Jordan's Settlement, also called Jordan's Fort, was southeast of modern Thompsonville, Illinois, about twenty miles south of Moore's cabin. This episode occurred during the War of 1812 when many of the Indian tribes were allied with the British.

In 1816, Carter Wilkey, Daniel Crenshaw and Robert Cook settled in Moore's Prairie. Daniel Crenshaw moved into Moore's cabin. This settlement is believed to be the first permanent settlement in the County.

Jefferson County was organized in 1819, out of parts of White, Edwards and Franklin Counties. It was named in honor of Thomas Jefferson, principle draftsman of the Northwest Ordinance, among other things. The baseline along the northern border of the County crosses the Third Principal Meridian at the northwest corner of the County.

Demographics

2000 census age pyramid for Jefferson County.
Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1900 28,133
1910 29,111 3.5%
1920 28,480 −2.2%
1930 31,034 9.0%
1940 34,375 10.8%
1950 35,892 4.4%
1960 32,315 −10.0%
1970 31,446 −2.7%
1980 36,552 16.2%
1990 37,020 1.3%
2000 40,045 8.2%
IL Counties 1900-1990

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 40,045 people, 15,374 households, and 10,561 families residing in the county. The population density was 70 people per square mile (27/km²). There were 16,990 housing units at an average density of 30 per square mile (11/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 89.87% White, 7.83% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.47% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.45% from other races, and 1.16% from two or more races. 1.33% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 25.0% were of American, 20.5% German, 12.8% English and 9.6% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000. 97.5% spoke English and 1.5% Spanish as their first language.

There were 15,374 households out of which 31.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.3% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.30% were non-families. 27.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 persons and the average family size was 2.96 persons.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.2% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 15.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 104.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.1 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,555 and the median income for a family was $41,141. Males had a median income of $34,089 versus $21,015 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,644. About 9.1% of families and 12.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.0% of those under age 18 and 11.8% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and villages

Jefferson County Courthouse

Cities

Villages

Unincorporated places

  • Bakerville
  • Boyd
  • Camp Ground
  • Divide
  • Drivers
  • Idlewood
  • Marcoe
  • Marlow
  • Miller Lake
  • Opdyke
  • Roaches
  • Summersville
  • Texico

Townships

Jefferson County is divided into sixteen townships:

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. 

Coordinates: 38°18′N 88°55′W / 38.30°N 88.92°W / 38.30; -88.92


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Jefferson County, Illinois
Map
File:Map of Illinois highlighting Jefferson County.png
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the USA highlighting Illinois
Illinois's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1819
Seat Mount Vernon
Largest City Mount Vernon
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 2.19%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

40045
Time zone Central : UTC-6/-5

Jefferson County is a county located in the southern part of the U.S. state of Illinois. As of 2000, the population was 40,045 people. The county seat is Mt. Vernon6.

Contents

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,512 km² (584 sq mi). 1,479 km² (571 sq mi) of it is land and 33 km² (13 sq mi) of it (2.19%) is water.

Adjacent Counties

History

The first settler in Jefferson County is believed to have been Andrew Moore. In 1810, he settled near the southeast corner of the county, near where the Goshen Road emerges from the forest of Hamilton County into what is now known as Moore's Prairie. It is interesting that Moore arrived from the Goshen Settlement, near Edwardsville. His migration was therefore retrograde, from the west toward the interior of the State.

In 1814 Andrew Moore departed with his eight-year old son for Jordan's settlement, a journey from which he never returned. A skull that was believed to have been Moore's was found several years later about two miles from his cabin. Jordan's Settlement, also called Jordan's Fort, was southeast of modern Thompsonville, about twenty miles south of Moore's cabin. This episode occurred during the War of 1812 when many of the Indian tribes were allied with the British.

In 1816, Carter Wilkey, Daniel Crenshaw and Robert Cook settled in Moore's Prairie. Daniel Crenshaw moved into Moore's cabin. This settlement is believed to be the first permanent settlement in the County.

Jefferson County was organized in 1819, out of parts of White, Edwards and Franklin Counties. It was named in honor of Thomas Jefferson, principle draftsman of the Northwest Ordinance, among other things. The baseline along the northern border of the County crosses the Third Principal Meridian at the northwest corner of the County.

Demographics

2000 census age pyramid for Jefferson County.

As of the census² of 2000, there were 40,045 people, 15,374 households, and 10,561 families residing in the county. The population density was 27/km² (70/sq mi). There were 16,990 housing units at an average density of 11/km² (30/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 89.87% White, 7.83% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.47% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.45% from other races, and 1.16% from two or more races. 1.33% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 15,374 households out of which 31.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.3% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.30% were non-families. 27.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 persons and the average family size was 2.96 persons.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.2% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 15.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 104.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.1 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,555 and the median income for a family was $41,141. Males had a median income of $34,089 versus $21,015 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,644. About 9.1% of families and 12.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.0% of those under age 18 and 11.8% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns

Jefferson County Courthouse

Census designated places

Coordinates: 38°18′N 88°55′W / 38.30, -88.92

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