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Douglas County, Illinois
Map

Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the USA highlighting Illinois
Illinois's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1859
Seat Tuscola
Largest City Tuscola
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

417 sq mi (1,080 km²)
416 sq mi (1,077 km²)
0.6 sq mi (2 km²), 0.1%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

19,980
48/sq mi (19/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Named for: Stephen A. Douglas

Douglas County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. As of the 2010 census, the population was 19,980. The county seat is Tuscola.

History

Douglas County was formed in 1859 out of Coles County. It was named in honor of Stephen A. Douglas, who was elected to the United States Senate in 1858, following the Lincoln-Douglas Debates.

Geography

Douglas County Illinois Courthouse
The west side of the Douglas County courthouse.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 417 square miles (1,080 km2), of which 417 square miles (1,080 km2) is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) (0.1%) is water.

Climate and weather

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

In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Tuscola have ranged from a low of 18 °F (−8 °C) in January to a high of 88 °F (31 °C) in July, although a record low of −26 °F (−32 °C) was recorded in December 1989 and a record high of 113 °F (45 °C) was recorded in July 1954. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 2.12 inches (54 mm) in February to 4.64 inches (118 mm) in July.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • I-57.svg Interstate 57
  • US 36.svg US Route 36
  • US 45.svg US Route 45
  • Illinois 49.svg Illinois Route 49
  • Illinois 130.svg Illinois Route 130
  • Illinois 133.svg Illinois Route 133

Demographics

USA Douglas County, Illinois age pyramid
2000 census age pyramid for Douglas County
Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 7,140
1870 13,484 88.9%
1880 15,853 17.6%
1890 17,669 11.5%
1900 19,097 8.1%
1910 19,591 2.6%
1920 19,604 0.1%
1930 17,914 −8.6%
1940 17,590 −1.8%
1950 16,706 −5.0%
1960 19,243 15.2%
1970 18,997 −1.3%
1980 19,774 4.1%
1990 19,464 −1.6%
2000 19,922 2.4%
2010 19,980 0.3%
Est. 2015 19,823 −0.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2014

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 19,980 people, 7,720 households, and 5,377 families residing in the county. The population density was 48.0 inhabitants per square mile (18.5/km2). There were 8,390 housing units at an average density of 20.1 per square mile (7.8/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 95.7% white, 0.4% Asian, 0.3% black or African American, 0.2% American Indian, 2.3% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 6.1% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 29.6% were German, 12.6% were American, 12.1% were English, and 10.7% were Irish.

Of the 7,720 households, 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.0% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.3% were non-families, and 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.11. The median age was 38.7 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $46,941 and the median income for a family was $60,352. Males had a median income of $41,318 versus $28,731 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,438. About 7.1% of families and 10.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.0% of those under age 18 and 7.2% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Map of Douglas County Illinois
Map of Douglas County, Illinois

Cities

Villages

Unincorporated communities

  • Hugo
  • Kemp

Townships

Douglas County is divided into nine townships:

  • Arcola
  • Bourbon
  • Bowdre
  • Camargo
  • Garrett
  • Murdock
  • Newman
  • Sargent
  • Tuscola

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