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Lee County, Illinois
Map
Map of Illinois highlighting Lee County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the USA highlighting Illinois
Illinois's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded February 27, 1839
Seat Dixon
Largest City Dixon
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

729 sq mi (1,888 km²)
725 sq mi (1,878 km²)
4.1 sq mi (11 km²), 0.6%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

36,031
50/sq mi (19/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: http://www.leecountyil.com/
Named for: Henry Lee III

Lee County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 36,031. Its county seat is Dixon.

The Dixon, IL Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Lee County.

History

Lee County was formed in 1839 out of Ogle County. The County is named in honor of Lighthorse Harry Lee, officer in the Revolutionary War, or Richard Henry Lee, member of the Continental Congress. The Declaration of Independence was adopted pursuant to the Lee Resolution. President Ronald Reagan lived in Dixon as a boy and attended Dixon High School.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 729 square miles (1,890 km2), of which 725 square miles (1,880 km2) is land and 4.1 square miles (11 km2) (0.6%) is water.

Climate and weather

Weather chart for Dixon, Illinois
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temperatures in °F
precipitation totals in inches
source: The Weather Channel

In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Dixon have ranged from a low of 10 °F (−12 °C) in January to a high of 82 °F (28 °C) in July, although a record low of −27 °F (−33 °C) was recorded in January 1999 and a record high of 110 °F (43 °C) was recorded in July 1936. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.43 inches (36 mm) in February to 4.88 inches (124 mm) in June.

Major highways

  • I-39.svg Interstate 39
  • I-88.svg Interstate 88
  • US 30.svg U.S. Highway 30
  • US 51.svg U.S. Highway 51
  • US 52.svg U.S. Highway 52
  • Illinois 2.svg Illinois Route 2
  • Illinois 26.svg Illinois Route 26
  • Illinois 38.svg Illinois Route 38
  • Illinois 110.svg Illinois Route 110
  • Illinois 251.svg Illinois Route 251

Other features

  • Green River Ordinance Plant
  • Mendota Hills Wind Farm

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 2,035
1850 5,292 160.0%
1860 17,651 233.5%
1870 27,171 53.9%
1880 27,491 1.2%
1890 26,187 −4.7%
1900 29,894 14.2%
1910 27,750 −7.2%
1920 28,004 0.9%
1930 32,329 15.4%
1940 34,604 7.0%
1950 36,451 5.3%
1960 38,749 6.3%
1970 37,947 −2.1%
1980 36,328 −4.3%
1990 34,392 −5.3%
2000 36,062 4.9%
2010 36,031 −0.1%
Est. 2015 34,584 −4.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 36,031 people, 13,758 households, and 9,064 families residing in the county. The population density was 49.7 inhabitants per square mile (19.2/km2). There were 15,049 housing units at an average density of 20.8 per square mile (8.0/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 90.9% white, 4.8% black or African American, 0.7% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 1.9% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 5.0% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 38.0% were German, 18.8% were Irish, 8.4% were English, and 8.2% were American.

Of the 13,758 households, 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.2% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 34.1% were non-families, and 28.8% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.94. The median age was 42.0 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $48,502 and the median income for a family was $60,759. Males had a median income of $42,114 versus $30,920 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,440. About 7.6% of families and 9.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.8% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Illinois wind farm near I-39 exit 82
A wind farm in southeast Lee county just west of Interstate 39 exit 82.

Cities

Villages

Townships

Lee County is divided into twenty-two townships:

  • Alto
  • Amboy
  • Ashton
  • Bradford
  • Brooklyn
  • China
  • Dixon
  • East Grove
  • Hamilton
  • Harmon
  • Lee Center
  • Marion
  • May
  • Nachusa
  • Nelson
  • Palmyra
  • Reynolds
  • South Dixon
  • Sublette
  • Viola
  • Willow Creek
  • Wyoming

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