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Montgomery County, Illinois

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Founded  1821
Largest city  Litchfield
Time zone  Central: UTC-6/-5
Area  1,839 km²
County seat  Hillsboro
Named for  Richard Montgomery
Congressional district  13th
Website  www.montgomeryco.com
Population  29,654 (2013)
University  Tri-County Beauty Academy
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Cities  Hillsboro, Litchfield, Nokomis, Coffeen, Raymond
Rivers  East Fork Shoal Creek, Horse Creek, Macoupin Creek
Points of interest  Litchfield Museum and Rout, Coffeen Lake State Fish & Wild, Walton Park, Forsee Vineyard & Winery, Lake Glenn Shoals

Montgomery County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. According to the 2010 census, it had a population of 30,104. Its county seat is Hillsboro.

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Map of Montgomery County, IL, USA

History

Montgomery County was formed in 1821 out of Bond and Madison counties. It was named in honor of Richard Montgomery, an American Revolutionary War general killed in 1775 while attempting to capture Quebec City, Canada. Perrin's 1882 History of Montgomery County relates that the County was named in honor of Gen. Montgomery, but goes on to say that "others are dubious as to whence it received its name."

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 710 square miles (1,800 km2), of which 704 square miles (1,820 km2) is land and 6.0 square miles (16 km2) (0.8%) is water.

Climate and weather

In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Hillsboro have ranged from a low of 21 °F (−6 °C) in January to a high of 91 °F (33 °C) in July, although a record low of −22 °F (−30 °C) was recorded in February 1905 and a record high of 114 °F (46 °C) was recorded in July 1954. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 2.00 inches (51 mm) in February to 4.31 inches (109 mm) in May.

Adjacent counties

  • Sangamon County - north
  • Christian County - northeast
  • Shelby County - east
  • Fayette County - southeast
  • Bond County - south
  • Madison County - southwest
  • Macoupin County - west
  • Major highways

  • Interstate 55
  • Illinois Route 16
  • Illinois Route 48
  • Illinois Route 108
  • Illinois Route 127
  • Illinois Route 185
  • Airports

    Litchfield Municipal Airport is located in Montgomery County, two nautical miles (3.7 km) southwest of the central business district of Litchfield, Illinois.

    Demographics

    As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 30,104 people, 11,652 households, and 7,806 families residing in the county. The population density was 42.8 inhabitants per square mile (16.5/km2). There were 13,080 housing units at an average density of 18.6 per square mile (7.2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 95.1% white, 3.2% black or African American, 0.4% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 0.5% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.5% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 27.8% were German, 11.2% were Irish, 10.1% were English, and 9.8% were American.

    Of the 11,652 households, 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.7% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 33.0% were non-families, and 28.4% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.87. The median age was 41.9 years.

    The median income for a household in the county was $40,864 and the median income for a family was $56,945. Males had a median income of $40,749 versus $29,426 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,700. About 10.9% of families and 14.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.7% of those under age 18 and 7.4% of those age 65 or over.

    Cities

  • Coffeen
  • Hillsboro
  • Litchfield
  • Nokomis
  • Witt
  • Unincorporated communities

  • Chapman
  • Honey Bend
  • Kortcamp
  • Van Burensburg
  • Zanesville
  • Zenobia
  • Notable people

  • Otto Funk (1868–1934) Violinist who achieved fame (and a Guinness Book of Records entry) by walking from New York to San Francisco in the depression-era, "playing the fiddle every step of the way." When he died in 1934 at the age of 65, he was accorded the biggest funeral in the history of Montgomery County.
  • References

    Montgomery County, Illinois Wikipedia


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