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Lee County, Illinois
Dixon Il Lee County Courthouse3.jpg
Map of Illinois highlighting Lee County
Location in the U.S. state of Illinois
Map of the United States highlighting Illinois
Illinois's location in the U.S.
Founded27 February 1839
Named for Henry Lee III
Seat Dixon
Largest cityDixon
Area
 • Total729 sq mi (1,888 km2)
 • Land725 sq mi (1,878 km2)
 • Water4.1 sq mi (11 km2), 0.6%
Population
 • ( 2010)36,031
 • Density50/sq mi (20/km2)
Congressional district 16th
Time zone Central: UTC−6/ −5
Website www.leecountyil.com

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. [1] Its county seat is Dixon. [2]

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

History

The area's first non-native settlers were mostly from the six New England states. [3] The early nineteenth century saw a wave of westward movement from New England, due largely to completion of the Erie Canal and the end of the Black Hawk War. [4] [5]

The area that included present-day Lee County was delineated as St. Clair County in 1809. In 1823, a large section of northern St. Clair County was partitioned off as Fulton County. In 1825, the northwestern portion of that county was partitioned off as Putnam County. In 1831, the area was further partitioned into Jo Daviess County. A section of that county was partitioned off in 1836 as Ogle County, and in 1839 the bottom half of Ogle County was split off as Lee County. It is largely understood that the county's name honors "Lighthorse Harry" Lee, an officer in the American Revolutionary War. [6] An alternative theory suggests the name honors Richard Henry Lee, a 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. [7]

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. [8]

Climate and weather

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Source: The Weather Channel [9]

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 ranges from 1.43 inches (36 mm) in February to 4.88 inches (124 mm) in June. [9]

Major highways

Other features

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
18402,035
18505,292160.0%
186017,651233.5%
187027,17153.9%
188027,4911.2%
189026,187−4.7%
190029,89414.2%
191027,750−7.2%
192028,0040.9%
193032,32915.4%
194034,6047.0%
195036,4515.3%
196038,7496.3%
197037,947−2.1%
198036,328−4.3%
199034,392−5.3%
200036,0624.9%
201036,031−0.1%
Est. 201634,251 [10]−4.9%
U.S. Decennial Census [11]
1790-1960 [12] 1900-1990 [13]
1990-2000 [14] 2010-2013 [1]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 36,031 people, 13,758 households, and 9,064 families residing in the county. [15] 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). [8] 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. [15] In terms of ancestry, 38.0% were German, 18.8% were Irish, 8.4% were English, and 8.2% were American. [16]

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. [15]

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. [17]

Communities

A wind farm in southeast Lee county at Interstate 39 exit 82.

Cities

Villages

Townships

Lee County is divided into twenty-two townships:

Politics

Since the election of 1860 the Republican party candidate for president has won Lee County, Illinois with only one exception, that being in 1912 when Theodore Roosevelt won the county while running as a member of the Progressive Party, unofficially known as the "Bull Moose" party.

Presidential elections results
Presidential election results [18]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 55.6% 8,612 35.7% 5,528 8.7% 1,349
2012 52.5% 8,059 45.2% 6,937 2.3% 352
2008 50.5% 8,258 47.5% 7,765 2.0% 334
2004 58.6% 9,307 40.4% 6,416 1.0% 153
2000 55.2% 8,069 41.8% 6,111 3.0% 440
1996 47.1% 6,677 41.6% 5,895 11.4% 1,610
1992 43.2% 6,652 35.9% 5,530 21.0% 3,235
1988 65.5% 8,903 33.9% 4,608 0.6% 85
1984 73.8% 11,178 25.9% 3,919 0.4% 58
1980 73.7% 11,373 20.5% 3,170 5.8% 895
1976 57.5% 8,674 40.3% 6,076 2.2% 326
1972 68.7% 10,636 30.9% 4,788 0.4% 65
1968 62.9% 9,598 31.0% 4,727 6.1% 930
1964 53.6% 8,445 46.4% 7,315
1960 64.7% 10,835 35.2% 5,896 0.1% 8
1956 72.0% 11,653 28.0% 4,531 0.0% 5
1952 71.7% 11,941 28.2% 4,700 0.1% 10
1948 67.0% 9,001 32.5% 4,368 0.5% 72
1944 67.9% 10,397 32.0% 4,899 0.1% 21
1940 65.0% 11,228 34.7% 6,005 0.3% 52
1936 54.9% 8,914 42.2% 6,845 2.9% 473
1932 51.5% 7,802 47.4% 7,182 1.2% 177
1928 67.1% 9,238 32.5% 4,476 0.3% 46
1924 69.4% 8,363 19.6% 2,367 11.0% 1,327
1920 78.9% 7,615 17.8% 1,715 3.3% 316
1916 64.0% 7,985 32.7% 4,087 3.3% 414
1912 23.0% 1,482 31.0% 1,995 46.0% 2,959
1908 63.5% 4,255 32.0% 2,144 4.5% 302
1904 69.8% 4,634 24.2% 1,604 6.1% 404
1900 63.6% 4,820 33.3% 2,528 3.1% 237
1896 64.8% 4,797 33.3% 2,469 1.9% 139
1892 54.2% 3,513 42.3% 2,740 3.5% 224

See also

Notes

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  3. ^ Stevens, Frank Everett. History of Lee County, Illinois, Vol. 1 p. 382
  4. ^ Holbrook, Stewart Hall. The Yankee Exodus: An Account of Migration from New England, University of Washington Press (1968)
  5. ^ Shalev, Eran. American Zion: The Old Testament as a Political Text from the Revolution to ..., Yale University Press (26 March 2013) ISBN  9780300186925 pp. 70-71
  6. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 184.
  7. ^ "School House to White House: The Education of the Presidents". National Archives and Records Administration. Retrieved 30 December 2007.
  8. ^ a b "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Monthly Averages for Dixon, Illinois". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 27 January 2011.
  10. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  11. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 6 July 2014.
  12. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved 6 July 2014.
  13. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 6 July 2014.
  14. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 6 July 2014.
  15. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  16. ^ "Selected Social Characteristics in the United States – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  17. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  18. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org.

External links


LEE COUNTY ILLINOIS Latitude and Longitude:

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