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Douglas County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 19,980. The county seat is Tuscola.

History

Douglas County was formed in 1859 out of Coles County. It was named for Stephen A. Douglas, who was elected to the United States Senate in 1858, following the Lincoln-Douglas Debates. File:Douglas County Illinois 1859.png|The creation of Douglas and Ford Counties in 1859 resulted in Illinois' current county map.

Geography

According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of , of which is land and (0.1%) is water.

Climate and weather

In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Tuscola have ranged from a low of in January to a high of in July, although a record low of was recorded in December 1989 and a record high of was recorded in July 1954. Average monthly precipitation ranged from in February to in July.

Adjacent counties

* Champaign County - north * Vermilion County - northeast * Edgar County - east * Coles County - south * Moultrie County - west * Piatt County - northwest

Major highways

* Interstate 57 * US Route 36 * US Route 45 * Illinois Route 49 * Illinois Route 130 * Illinois Route 133

Demographics

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 19,980 people, 7,720 households, and 5,377 families living in the county. The population density was . There were 8,390 housing units at an average density of . The racial makeup of the county was 95.7% white, 0.4% Asian, 0.3% black or African American, 0.2% American Indian, 2.3% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 6.1% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 29.6% were German, 12.6% were American, 12.1% were English, and 10.7% were Irish. Of the 7,720 households, 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.0% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.3% were non-families, and 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.11. The median age was 38.7 years. The median income for a household in the county was $46,941 and the median income for a family was $60,352. Males had a median income of $41,318 versus $28,731 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,438. About 7.1% of families and 10.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.0% of those under age 18 and 7.2% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

300px|Map of Douglas County, Illinois

Cities

* Arcola * Newman * Tuscola (seat) * Villa Grove

Villages

* Arthur (partial) * Atwood (partial) * Camargo * Garrett * Hindsboro

Unincorporated communities

* Bourbon * Chesterville * Chicken Bristle * Fairland * Ficklin * Fillmore * Filson * Galton * Hugo * Hayes * Hillcrest * Kemp * Meadowview * Murdock * North Prairie Acres * Northgate * Parkview * Patterson Springs * Southland Acres * West Ridge''West Ridge, Douglas County IL'' Google Maps (accessed 30 December 2018)
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Townships

* Arcola * Bourbon * Bowdre * Camargo * Garrett * Murdock * Newman * Sargent * Tuscola

Politics

Douglas is a strongly Republican county. Apart from a narrow plurality of thirty-two votes to Bill Clinton in 1992, it has voted Republican in every Presidential election since 1968, and in all but five overall since 1880. Despite its long-time Republican leanings, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 performance of gaining a mere 23.8 percent of the county’s vote stands over six percent worse than any Democrat since the Civil War.

See also

* National Register of Historic Places listings in Douglas County, Illinois

References


US Census Bureau 2007 TIGER/Line Shapefiles

US Board on Geographic Names (GNIS)

US National Atlas


External links



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