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Washington County, Illinois
Map of Illinois highlighting Washington County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of USA IL
Illinois's location in the U.S.
Founded 1818
Seat Nashville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

564.12 sq mi (1,461 km²)
562.61 sq mi (1,457 km²)
1.51 sq mi (4 km²), 0.27%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

15,148
27/sq mi (10/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.county.washington.k12.il.us

Washington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. As of 2000, the population was 15,148. Its county seat is Nashville, Illinois[1].

GeographyEdit

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 564.12 square miles (1,461.1 km2), of which 562.61 square miles (1,457.2 km2) (or 99.73%) is land and 1.51 square miles (3.9 km2) (or 0.27%) is water.[2] There are many lakes, rivers, streams, and creeks in this area.

Major highwaysEdit

Adjacent countiesEdit

HistoryEdit

Washington County was formed in 1818 out of St. Clair County. It was named for George Washington. Despite its relative proximity to the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis, Misssouri, the county is not considered part of the St. Louis metropolitan area, also known as the Metro-East.

DemographicsEdit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1900 19,526
1910 18,759 −3.9%
1920 18,035 −3.9%
1930 16,286 −9.7%
1940 15,801 −3.0%
1950 14,460 −8.5%
1960 13,569 −6.2%
1970 13,780 1.6%
1980 15,472 12.3%
1990 14,965 −3.3%
2000 15,148 1.2%
IL Counties 1900-1990

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 15,148 people, 5,848 households, and 4,239 families residing in the county. The population density was 27 people per square mile (10/km²). There were 6,385 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.58% White, 0.33% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 0.52% from two or more races. 0.71% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 50.8% were of German, 13.6% Polish, 11.8% American and 5.6% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 5,848 households out of which 33.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.70% were married couples living together, 7.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.50% were non-families. 24.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.30% under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 27.30% from 25 to 44, 23.00% from 45 to 64, and 16.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 97.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $40,932, and the median income for a family was $48,433. Males had a median income of $32,209 versus $22,151 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,108. About 3.70% of families and 6.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.00% of those under age 18 and 8.70% of those age 65 or over.

EducationEdit

The county is served by 7 school districts[4]:

  • Oakdale CCSD 1
  • West Washington County CUD 10
  • Irvington CCSD 11
  • Ashley CCSD 15
  • Hoyleton Cons SD 29
  • Nashville CCSD 49
  • Nashville CHSD 99.

Cities and towns Edit

Unincorporated communities Edit

TownshipsEdit

Washington County is divided into these townships:

Climate and weather Edit

Climate chart for Nashville, Illinois
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temperatures in °Cprecipitation totals in mm
source: The Weather Channel[5]

In recent years, average temperatures in Nashville have ranged from a low of 22 °F (−6 °C) in January to a high of 88 °F (31 °C) in July, although a record low of −21 °F (−29.4 °C) was recorded in December 1989 and a record high of 106 °F (41 °C) was recorded in July 1980. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 2.18 inches (55 mm) in January to 4.10 inches (104 mm) in May.[5]

See alsoEdit

Footnotes Edit

Coordinates: 38°21′N 89°25′W / 38.35, -89.42


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