Scott County, Illinois

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Scott County, Illinois
Map of Illinois highlighting Scott County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the United States highlighting Illinois
Illinois's location in the U.S.
Founded1839
SeatWinchester
Largest cityWinchester
Area
 • Total252.77 sq mi (655 km2)
 • Land250.91 sq mi (650 km2)
 • Water1.86 sq mi (5 km2), 0.74%
Population
 • (2010)5,355
 • Density22/sq mi (9/km²)
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5
 
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Scott County, Illinois
Map of Illinois highlighting Scott County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the United States highlighting Illinois
Illinois's location in the U.S.
Founded1839
SeatWinchester
Largest cityWinchester
Area
 • Total252.77 sq mi (655 km2)
 • Land250.91 sq mi (650 km2)
 • Water1.86 sq mi (5 km2), 0.74%
Population
 • (2010)5,355
 • Density22/sq mi (9/km²)
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5

Scott County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 5,355, which is a decrease of 3.3% from 5,537 in 2000.[1] Its county seat is Winchester.[2]

Scott County is part of the Jacksonville Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 252.77 square miles (654.7 km2), of which 250.91 square miles (649.9 km2) (or 99.26%) is land and 1.86 square miles (4.8 km2) (or 0.74%) is water.[3]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

History[edit]

Scott County was formed in 1839 out of Morgan County. It was named for a local pioneer family named Scott.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
CensusPop.
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%
Est. 20125,290−1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2012 Estimate[5]

As of the census of 2000,[6] there were 5,537 people, 2,222 households, and 1,562 families residing in the county. The population density was 22 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 2,464 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 99.46% White, 0.04% Black or African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.13% Asian American, 0.04% from other races, and 0.20% from two or more races. 0.18% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 26.3% were of German, 22.3% American, 21.6% English and 9.1% Irish ancestry.

There were 2,222 households out of which 33.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.30% were married couples living together, 8.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.70% were non-families. 26.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.10% under the age of 18, 7.80% from 18 to 24, 27.30% from 25 to 44, 23.30% from 45 to 64, and 16.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 93.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,566, and the median income for a family was $42,924. Males had a median income of $30,099 versus $21,385 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,998. About 6.50% of families and 9.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.10% of those under age 18 and 6.30% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Census designated places[edit]

Climate and weather[edit]

Winchester, Illinois
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Average max. and min. temperatures in °F
Precipitation totals in inches
Source: The Weather Channel[7]

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.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Scott County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-11-05. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Census 2010 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-11-05. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ a b "Monthly Averages for Winchester, Illinois". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 

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