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Whiteside County, Illinois
Map
Map of Illinois highlighting Whiteside County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the USA highlighting Illinois
Illinois's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1836
Seat Morrison
Largest City Sterling
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

697 sq mi (1,805 km²)
684 sq mi (1,772 km²)
12 sq mi (31 km²), 1.8%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

58,498
85/sq mi (33/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.whiteside.org
Named for: Samuel Whiteside

Whiteside County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. According to the 2010 census, it had a population of 58,498. Its county seat is Morrison. The county is bounded on the west by the Mississippi River.

Whiteside County comprises the Sterling, IL Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Dixon-Sterling, IL Combined Statistical Area.

Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan was born in the Whiteside County community of Tampico.

History

This area was long occupied by varying cultures of Native Americans.

Whiteside County was organized by European Americans in 1836 from parts of Jo Daviess and Henry counties. It was named for General Samuel Whiteside, an Illinois officer in the War of 1812 and Black Hawk War.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 697 square miles (1,810 km2), of which 684 square miles (1,770 km2) is land and 12 square miles (31 km2) (1.8%) is water.

Climate and weather

Weather chart for Morrison, 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 Morrison have ranged from a low of 10 °F (−12 °C) in January to a high of 85 °F (29 °C) in July, although a record low of −30 °F (−34 °C) was recorded in February 1905 and a record high of 112 °F (44 °C) was recorded in July 1936. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.51 inches (38 mm) in February to 4.69 inches (119 mm) in August.

Major highways

  • I-88.svg Interstate 88
  • US 30.svg U.S. Highway 30
  • Illinois 2.svg Illinois Route 2
  • Illinois 40.svg Illinois Route 40
  • Illinois 78.svg Illinois Route 78
  • Illinois 84.svg Illinois Route 84
  • Illinois 110.svg Illinois Route 110
  • Illinois 136.svg Illinois Route 136
  • Illinois 172.svg Illinois Route 172

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 2,514
1850 5,361 113.2%
1860 18,737 249.5%
1870 27,503 46.8%
1880 30,885 12.3%
1890 30,854 −0.1%
1900 34,710 12.5%
1910 34,507 −0.6%
1920 36,174 4.8%
1930 39,019 7.9%
1940 43,338 11.1%
1950 49,336 13.8%
1960 59,887 21.4%
1970 62,877 5.0%
1980 65,970 4.9%
1990 60,186 −8.8%
2000 60,653 0.8%
2010 58,498 −3.6%
Est. 2015 57,079 −2.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 58,498 people, 23,740 households, and 16,005 families residing in the county. The population density was 85.5 inhabitants per square mile (33.0/km2). There were 25,770 housing units at an average density of 37.7 per square mile (14.6/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 92.2% white, 1.3% black or African American, 0.5% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 3.5% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 11.0% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 32.5% were German, 15.5% were Irish, 8.7% were Dutch, 8.6% were English, and 6.0% were American.

Of the 23,740 households, 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.5% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 32.6% were non-families, and 27.7% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.92. The median age was 41.8 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $45,266 and the median income for a family was $54,242. Males had a median income of $41,862 versus $29,157 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,405. About 8.2% of families and 11.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.6% of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Villages

Census-designated place

Townships

Whiteside County is divided into these townships:

  • Albany
  • Clyde
  • Coloma
  • Erie
  • Fenton
  • Fulton
  • Garden Plain
  • Genesee
  • Hahnaman
  • Hopkins
  • Hume
  • Jordan
  • Lyndon
  • Montmorency
  • Mount Pleasant
  • Newton
  • Portland
  • Prophetstown
  • Sterling
  • Tampico
  • Union Grove
  • Ustick

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