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Rock Island County, Illinois
Map of Illinois highlighting Rock Island County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of USA IL
Illinois's location in the U.S.
Founded 1831
Seat Rock Island
Largest city Moline
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

451.16 sq mi (1,168 km²)
426.75 sq mi (1,105 km²)
24.40 sq mi (63 km²), 5.41%
PopulationEst.
 - (2010)
 - Density

147,347
350/sq mi (135/km²)
Website www.co.rock-island.il.us

Rock Island County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. As of 2000, the population was 149,374. A 2010 estimate shows a slight decline in population to 147,347.[1]

Its county seat is Rock Island, Illinois[2]. It is one of the four counties that make up the Davenport-Moline-Rock Island Metropolitan Statistical Area.[3]

GeographyEdit

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 451.16 square miles (1,168.5 km2), of which 426.75 square miles (1,105.3 km2) (or 94.59%) is land and 24.40 square miles (63.2 km2) (or 5.41%) is water.[4]

Major highwaysEdit

TownshipsEdit

Andalusia, Blackhawk, Bowling, Buffalo Prairie, Canoe Creek, Coal Valley, Coe, Cordova, Drury, Edgington, Hampton, Moline, Port Byron, Rock Island, Rural, South Moline, South Rock Island, Zuma

Adjacent countiesEdit

National protected areaEdit

HistoryEdit

Rock Island County was formed in 1831 out of Jo Daviess County. It was named for Rock Island, an island in the Mississippi River now known as Arsenal Island.[5]

DemographicsEdit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1900 55,249
1910 70,404 27.4%
1920 92,297 31.1%
1930 98,191 6.4%
1940 113,323 15.4%
1950 133,558 17.9%
1960 150,991 13.1%
1970 166,734 10.4%
1980 165,968 −0.5%
1990 148,723 −10.4%
2000 149,374 0.4%
2010 147,546 −1.2%
IL Counties 1900-1990

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 149,374 people, 60,712 households, and 39,159 families residing in the county. The population density was 350 people per square mile (135/km²). There were 64,489 housing units at an average density of 151 per square mile (58/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 85.52% White, 7.54% Black or African American, 0.27% Native American, 1.02% Asian American, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 3.76% from other races, and 1.86% from two or more races. 8.56% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 23.1% were of German, 10.3% Irish, 8.4% American, 7.2% English, 6.6% Swedish and 5.5% Belgian ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 60,712 households out of which 28.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.10% were married couples living together, 11.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.50% were non-families. 30.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.80% under the age of 18, 10.00% from 18 to 24, 27.30% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 15.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,608, and the median income for a family was $47,956. Males had a median income of $35,998 versus $24,234 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,164. About 8.10% of families and 10.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.70% of those under age 18 and 6.80% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns Edit

TownshipsEdit

Rock Island County is divided into these eighteen townships:

Climate and weather Edit

Climate chart for Rock Island, Illinois
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4.44
 
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4.75
 
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2.99
 
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4.31
 
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2.90
 
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2.39
 
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2.47
 
48
32
 
 
1.93
 
35
20
temperatures in °Cprecipitation totals in mm
source: The Weather Channel[7]

In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Rock Island have ranged from a low of 13 °F (−11 °C) in January to a high of 85 °F (29 °C) in July, although a record low of −22 °F (−30.0 °C) was recorded in February 1996 and a record high of 103 °F (39 °C) was recorded in July 2006. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.28 inches (33 mm) in January to 4.75 inches (121 mm) in June.[7]

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Coordinates: 41°28′N 90°34′W / 41.47, -90.57


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