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Pulaski 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 Mound City
Largest City Mounds
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

203 sq mi (526 km²)
199 sq mi (515 km²)
4.0 sq mi (10 km²), 2.0%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

6,161
31/sq mi (12/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Named for: Casimir Pulaski

Pulaski County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. According to the 2010 census, it had a population of 6,161. Its county seat is Mound City. It is located along the Ohio River in the portion of the state known locally as "Little Egypt".

History

Pulaski County was formed on March 3, 1843, out of parts of Alexander and Johnson counties. It was named in honor of Kazimierz Pułaski who was killed at the Siege of Savannah in the Revolutionary War.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 203 square miles (530 km2), of which 199 square miles (520 km2) is land and 4.0 square miles (10 km2) (2.0%) is water. It is the third-smallest county in Illinois by area.

Climate and weather

Weather chart for Mound City, 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 Mound City have ranged from a low of 26 °F (−3 °C) in January to a high of 90 °F (32 °C) in July, although a record low of −12 °F (−24 °C) was recorded in January 1985 and a record high of 104 °F (40 °C) was recorded in June 1954. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 3.04 inches (77 mm) in September to 4.76 inches (121 mm) in May.

Major highways

  • I-57.svg Interstate 57, which has been listed as a speed trap.
  • US 51.svg U.S. Highway 51
  • Illinois 37.svg Illinois Route 37
  • Illinois 169.svg Illinois Route 169

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 2,265
1860 3,943 74.1%
1870 8,752 122.0%
1880 9,507 8.6%
1890 11,355 19.4%
1900 14,554 28.2%
1910 15,650 7.5%
1920 14,629 −6.5%
1930 14,834 1.4%
1940 15,875 7.0%
1950 13,639 −14.1%
1960 10,490 −23.1%
1970 8,741 −16.7%
1980 8,840 1.1%
1990 7,523 −14.9%
2000 7,348 −2.3%
2010 6,161 −16.2%
Est. 2015 5,678 −7.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 6,161 people, 2,642 households, and 1,658 families residing in the county. The population density was 30.9 inhabitants per square mile (11.9/km2). There were 3,155 housing units at an average density of 15.8 per square mile (6.1/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 64.4% white, 32.4% black or African American, 0.4% American Indian, 0.2% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.6% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 15.1% were German, 6.8% were Irish, 6.6% were English, and 6.6% were American.

Of the 2,642 households, 27.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.6% were married couples living together, 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 37.2% were non-families, and 33.4% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.96. The median age was 43.2 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,173 and the median income for a family was $39,699. Males had a median income of $36,915 versus $29,007 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,444. About 16.7% of families and 22.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.0% of those under age 18 and 18.0% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Villages

Unincorporated communities


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