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Moultrie County, Illinois
Map

Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the USA highlighting Illinois
Illinois's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1843
Seat Sullivan
Largest City Jonathan Creek Township
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

344 sq mi (891 km²)
336 sq mi (870 km²)
8.5 sq mi (22 km²), 2.5%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

14,846
44/sq mi (17/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: http://www.moultriecountyil.com/
Named for: William Moultrie

Moultrie County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. According to the 2010 census, it had a population of 14,846. Its county seat is Sullivan. The name is pronounced as in "mole tree", unlike the pronunciation of its namesake, South Carolinian William Moultrie.

History

Moultrie County was formed in 1843 out of Shelby and Macon counties. It is named for South Carolina General, and later Governor, William Moultrie. General Moultrie defended Sullivan's Island, South Carolina from British attack in 1776. The site was later renamed Fort Moultrie. Nearby Jasper County was named for Sgt. William Jasper, another hero of the defense of Sullivan's Island.

The official flag of the county is the Moultrie Flag, which was flown over the new fortress on Sullivan's Island, when Moultrie defended it, and was designed by Moultrie, himself. It went on to become iconic of liberty in the South.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 344 square miles (890 km2), of which 336 square miles (870 km2) is land and 8.5 square miles (22 km2) (2.5%) is water.

Climate and weather

Weather chart for Sullivan, Illinois
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source: The Weather Channel

In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Sullivan have ranged from a low of 19 °F (−7 °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 1915 and a record high of 111 °F (44 °C) was recorded in July 1936. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.89 inches (48 mm) in February to 4.05 inches (103 mm) in June.

Major highways

  • US 36.svg U.S. Route 36
  • Illinois 16.svg Illinois Route 16
  • Illinois 32.svg Illinois Route 32
  • Illinois 121.svg Illinois Route 121
  • Illinois 133.svg Illinois Route 133

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 3,234
1860 6,385 97.4%
1870 10,385 62.6%
1880 13,699 31.9%
1890 14,481 5.7%
1900 15,224 5.1%
1910 14,630 −3.9%
1920 14,839 1.4%
1930 13,247 −10.7%
1940 13,477 1.7%
1950 13,171 −2.3%
1960 13,635 3.5%
1970 13,263 −2.7%
1980 14,546 9.7%
1990 13,930 −4.2%
2000 14,287 2.6%
2010 14,846 3.9%
Est. 2015 14,931 0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 14,846 people, 5,758 households, and 4,053 families residing in the county. The population density was 44.2 inhabitants per square mile (17.1/km2). There were 6,260 housing units at an average density of 18.6 per square mile (7.2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.5% white, 0.3% black or African American, 0.2% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 0.2% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.9% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 23.8% were German, 12.0% were Irish, 11.4% were American, and 10.9% were English.

Of the 5,758 households, 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.6% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.6% were non-families, and 25.5% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.01. The median age was 40.3 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $46,364 and the median income for a family was $54,494. Males had a median income of $42,581 versus $26,799 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,954. About 6.2% of families and 11.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.2% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Map of Moultrie County Illinois
Map of Moultrie County, Illinois

City

Villages

Townships

  • Dora
  • East Nelson
  • Jonathan Creek
  • Lovington
  • Lowe
  • Marrowbone
  • Sullivan
  • Whitley

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