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Cass County, Illinois
Map

Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the USA highlighting Illinois
Illinois's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1837
Seat Virginia
Largest City Beardstown
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

384 sq mi (995 km²)
376 sq mi (974 km²)
7.9 sq mi (20 km²), 2.1%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

13,642
36/sq mi (14/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Named for: Lewis Cass

Cass County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,642. Its county seat is Virginia. It is the home of the Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area.

History

Cass County was formed in 1837 out of Morgan County. It was named in honor of Lewis Cass, a general in the War of 1812, Governor of the Michigan Territory, and United States Secretary of State in 1860. Cass was serving as Andrew Jackson's Secretary of War just before the County was named.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 384 square miles (990 km2), of which 376 square miles (970 km2) is land and 7.9 square miles (20 km2) (2.1%) is water.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Meredosia National Wildlife Refuge (part)

Rivers

Major highways

  • US 67.svg US Route 67
  • Illinois 78.svg Illinois Route 78
  • Illinois 100.svg Illinois Route 100
  • Illinois 125.svg Illinois Route 125

Climate and weather

Weather chart for Virginia, Illinois
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precipitation totals in inches
source: The Weather Channel

In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Virginia have ranged from a low of 15 °F (−9 °C) in January to a high of 87 °F (31 °C) in July, although a record low of −28 °F (−33 °C) was recorded in February 1934 and a record high of 114 °F (46 °C) was recorded in July 1954. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.35 inches (34 mm) in January to 4.86 inches (123 mm) in May.

Demographics

USA Cass County, Illinois age pyramid
2000 census age pyramid for Cass County.
Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 2,981
1850 7,253 143.3%
1860 11,325 56.1%
1870 11,580 2.3%
1880 14,493 25.2%
1890 15,963 10.1%
1900 17,222 7.9%
1910 17,372 0.9%
1920 17,896 3.0%
1930 16,537 −7.6%
1940 16,425 −0.7%
1950 15,097 −8.1%
1960 14,539 −3.7%
1970 14,219 −2.2%
1980 15,084 6.1%
1990 13,437 −10.9%
2000 13,695 1.9%
2010 13,642 −0.4%
Est. 2015 12,847 −5.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 13,642 people, 5,270 households, and 3,561 families residing in the county. The population density was 36.3 inhabitants per square mile (14.0/km2). There were 5,836 housing units at an average density of 15.5 per square mile (6.0/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 86.3% white, 3.1% black or African American, 0.3% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 8.7% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 16.8% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 22.6% were German, 21.0% were American, 10.6% were Irish, and 9.5% were English.

Of the 5,270 households, 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.1% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 32.4% were non-families, and 26.5% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.06. The median age was 38.7 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $41,544 and the median income for a family was $51,624. Males had a median income of $37,267 versus $26,634 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,825. About 10.1% of families and 12.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.2% of those under age 18 and 9.2% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Villages

Townships

Cass County is divided into these eleven townships:

  • Arenzville
  • Ashland
  • Beardstown
  • Bluff Springs
  • Chandlerville
  • Hagener
  • Newmansville
  • Panther Creek
  • Philadelphia
  • Sangamon Valley
  • Virginia

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