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Hillsboro
The City of Hillsboro
Entering from the northwest on Illinois Route 16
Entering from the northwest on Illinois Route 16
Motto(s): 
"Pride, Progress, Prosperity"
Location of Hillsboro in Montgomery County, Illinois.
Location of Hillsboro in Montgomery County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Country United States
State Illinois
County Montgomery
Area
 • Total 10.17 sq mi (26.35 km2)
 • Land 8.42 sq mi (21.82 km2)
 • Water 1.75 sq mi (4.53 km2)
Elevation
623 ft (190 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 5,902
 • Density 700.62/sq mi (270.50/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
62049
Area code(s) 217
FIPS code 17-35047
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Website City of Hillsboro, Illinois Website

Hillsboro is a city in and the county seat of Montgomery County, Illinois, United States. The population was 6,207 at the 2010 census.

History

The community was founded in 1823 and incorporated on March 26, 1913.

There is some doubt about the origin of the city's name. The local terrain is quite hilly, as a result of the drainage of the Shoal Creek watershed, causing widespread belief that this is the name's source. Alternatively, there is the belief that it was named for Hillsborough, North Carolina, the home of some of the early settlers, including Hiram Rountree and John Nussman.

Geography

Hillsboro is located at 39°9′54″N 89°29′4″W / 39.16500°N 89.48444°W / 39.16500; -89.48444 (39.164973, −89.484572).

According to the 2010 census, Hillsboro has a total area of 8.322 square miles (21.55 km2), of which 6.55 square miles (16.96 km2) (or 78.71%) is land and 1.772 square miles (4.59 km2) (or 21.29%) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 853
1880 1,803
1900 1,937
1910 3,424 76.8%
1920 5,074 48.2%
1930 4,435 −12.6%
1940 4,514 1.8%
1950 4,141 −8.3%
1960 4,232 2.2%
1970 4,267 0.8%
1980 4,408 3.3%
1990 4,400 −0.2%
2000 4,359 −0.9%
2010 6,207 42.4%
2020 5,902 −4.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,359 people, 1,800 households, and 1,189 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,214.9 people per square mile (468.8/km2). There were 1,944 housing units at an average density of 541.8 per square mile (209.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.22% White, 1.10% African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.39% from other races, and 0.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.19% of the population.

There were 1,800 households, out of which 33.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.2% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.9% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 25.8% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 85.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,075, and the median income for a family was $40,135. Males had a median income of $31,821 versus $18,668 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,458. About 14.3% of families and 17.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.9% of those under age 18 and 11.9% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

  • Harry Bellaver (1905–1993), stage, film, and television actor
  • Stephen D. Canady (1865–1923), Illinois state legislator and businessman
  • John R. Challacombe (1845–1935), Illinois state legislator and businessman
  • Otto Funk (1868–1934), violinist
  • Brian Graden (born 1963), President of Entertainment, MTV Networks
  • Mary Hartline (1926-2020), early television star
  • Mark and Matt Hughes (born 1973), mixed martial artists
  • Ralph Isselhardt (1910–1972), football player
  • Wickliffe Kitchell (1789-1869), Illinois lawyer and politician
  • Jesse J. Phillips (1837–1901), Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court
  • Norman W. Ray (born 1942), United States admiral
  • John H. Rountree (1805–1890), Wisconsin legislator
  • John Tillson (1825-1892), Illinois legislator and lawyer
  • Stan Wallace (1931-1999), defensive back for Chicago Bears in 1950s
  • John Meek Whitehead (1852–1924), Wisconsin state senator
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