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Edgar County, Illinois

 

Edgar County, Illinois

Edgar County, Illinois
Edgar County Courthouse
Map of Illinois highlighting Edgar County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the United States highlighting Illinois
Illinois's location in the U.S.
Founded January 3, 1823
Named for John Edgar
Seat Paris
Largest city Paris
Area
 • Total 624 sq mi (1,616 km2)
 • Land 623 sq mi (1,614 km2)
 • Water 0.6 sq mi (2 km2), 0.1%
Population
 • (2010) 18,576
 • Density 30/sq mi (12/km²)
Congressional district 15th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website .com.edgarcountyillinoiswww

Edgar County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. As of the 2010 census, the population was 18,576.[1] Its county seat is Paris.[2]

Contents

  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Climate and weather 2.1
    • Adjacent counties 2.2
  • Transportation 3
    • Major highways 3.1
    • Rail 3.2
    • Airport 3.3
  • Demographics 4
  • Communities 5
    • Cities 5.1
    • Villages 5.2
    • Townships 5.3
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

History

Edgar County was formed out of Clark County in 1823 and named for John Edgar,[3] an Irish-born officer in the Royal Navy who resigned rather than fight against the Americans in the Revolutionary War. Edgar moved to Kaskaskia, Illinois in 1784, becoming a miller and merchant in that town.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 624 square miles (1,620 km2), of which 623 square miles (1,610 km2) is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) (0.1%) is water.[5]

Climate and weather

Paris, Illinois
Climate chart ()
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In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Paris 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 1930 and a record high of 109 °F (43 °C) was recorded in July 1936. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 2.23 inches (57 mm) in January to 4.43 inches (113 mm) in July.[6]

Adjacent counties

Transportation

Major highways

Rail

Three railroad lines run through the county. Two are operated by CSX Transportation and the third by the Eastern Illinois Railroad Company.[7]

Airport

The county contains one public-use airport: Edgar County Airport (PRG), located approximately six miles north of Paris.[8]

Demographics

2000 census age pyramid for Edgar County

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 18,576 people, 7,839 households, and 5,148 families residing in the county.[14] The population density was 29.8 inhabitants per square mile (11.5/km2). There were 8,803 housing units at an average density of 14.1 per square mile (5.4/km2).[5] The racial makeup of the county was 98.3% white, 0.3% black or African American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% American Indian, 0.3% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.0% of the population.[14] In terms of ancestry, 23.6% were German, 15.3% were Irish, 13.0% were English, and 12.3% were American.[15]

Of the 7,839 households, 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.3% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 34.3% were non-families, and 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.84. The median age was 43.2 years.[14]

The median income for a household in the county was $39,904 and the median income for a family was $51,588. Males had a median income of $38,945 versus $29,951 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,175. About 9.7% of families and 13.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.2% of those under age 18 and 7.9% of those age 65 or over.[16]

Communities

Map of Edgar County, Illinois.

Cities

Villages

Townships

Edgar County is divided into fifteen townships:

See also

References

  • United States Census Bureau 2007 TIGER/Line Shapefiles
  • United States Board on Geographic Names (GNIS)
  • United States National Atlas
  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Adams, James N. (compiler) (1989), Keller, William E., ed., Illinois Place Names, Springfield: Illinois State Historical Society, p. 580,  
  4. ^ White, Jesse. Origin and Evolution of Illinois Counties. State of Illinois, March 2010. [2]
  5. ^ a b "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County".  
  6. ^ a b "Monthly Averages for Paris, Illinois". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  7. ^ Illinois Railroad Map (PDF), retrieved 2007-10-11 
  8. ^ Public and Private Airports, Edgar County, Illinois
  9. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  14. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data".  
  15. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates".  
  16. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates".  

External links

  • Edgar County Fact Sheet, Illinois State Archives
  • Edgar County, Illinois History and Genealogy

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