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Lee County, Illinois
Map of Illinois highlighting Lee County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of USA IL
Illinois's location in the U.S.
Founded February 27, 1839
Seat Dixon
Largest city Dixon
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

729.29 sq mi (1,889 km²)
725.36 sq mi (1,879 km²)
3.92 sq mi (10 km²), 0.54%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

36,062
50/sq mi (19/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.countyoflee.org

Lee County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. As of 2000, the population was 36,062. Its county seat is Dixon, Illinois[1].

The Dixon Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Lee County.

HistoryEdit

Lee County was formed in 1839 out of Ogle County. The County is named in honor of Lighthorse Harry Lee, officer in the Revolutionary War, or Richard Henry Lee, member of the Continental Congress. The Declaration of Independence was adopted pursuant to Lee's Resolution.

GeographyEdit

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 729.29 square miles (1,888.9 km2), of which 725.36 square miles (1,878.7 km2) (or 99.46%) is land and 3.92 square miles (10.2 km2) (or 0.54%) is water.[2]

Cities and townsEdit

Illinois wind farm near I-39 exit 82

A wind farm in southeast Lee county just west of Interstate 39 exit 82.

TownshipsEdit

Lee County is divided into twenty-two townships:

Major highwaysEdit

Other featuresEdit

DemographicsEdit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1900 29,894
1910 27,750 −7.2%
1920 28,004 0.9%
1930 32,329 15.4%
1940 34,604 7.0%
1950 36,451 5.3%
1960 38,749 6.3%
1970 37,947 −2.1%
1980 36,328 −4.3%
1990 34,392 −5.3%
2000 36,062 4.9%
2010 36,031 −0.1%
IL Counties 1900-1990

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 36,062 people, 13,253 households, and 9,144 families residing in the county. The population density was 50 people per square mile (19/km²). There were 14,310 housing units at an average density of 20 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.68% White, 4.91% Black or African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.56% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.77% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. 3.18% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 33.9% were of German, 14.9% Irish, 8.9% American and 8.4% English ancestry according to Census 2000. 97.1% spoke English and 1.7% Spanish as their first language.

USA Lee County, Illinois age pyramid

2000 census age pyramid for Lee County.

There were 13,253 households out of which 32.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.90% were married couples living together, 9.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.00% were non-families. 26.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.20% under the age of 18, 7.80% from 18 to 24, 30.30% from 25 to 44, 23.10% from 45 to 64, and 14.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 105.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $40,967, and the median income for a family was $48,730. Males had a median income of $35,754 versus $22,305 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,650. About 4.90% of families and 7.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.40% of those under age 18 and 8.90% of those age 65 or over.

Climate and weather Edit

Climate chart for Dixon, Illinois
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1.60
 
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10
 
 
1.43
 
32
15
 
 
2.55
 
44
27
 
 
3.61
 
58
37
 
 
4.32
 
70
48
 
 
4.88
 
79
58
 
 
3.45
 
82
62
 
 
4.47
 
80
60
 
 
3.31
 
73
51
 
 
2.71
 
62
39
 
 
2.82
 
45
28
 
 
2.13
 
31
17
temperatures in °Cprecipitation totals in mm
source: The Weather Channel[4]

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 (−32.8 °C) was recorded in January 1999 and a record high of 110 °F (43 °C) was recorded in July 1936. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.43 inches (36 mm) in February to 4.88 inches (124 mm) in June.[4]

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Coordinates: 41°44′50″N 89°17′58″W / 41.74722, -89.29944


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