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Encyclopedia > Ford County, Illinois

Ford County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. As of 2000, the population is 14,241. Its county seat is Paxton, Illinois6. Image File history File links Ford_County_Illinois. ... A county is generally a sub-unit of regional self-government within a sovereign jurisdiction. ... A state of the United States (a U.S. state) is any one of the fifty states (four of which officially favor the term commonwealth) which, along with the District of Columbia, form the United States of America. ... Official language(s) English Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... Paxton is a city located in Ford County, Illinois. ... The following is a list of sources used in the creation of encyclopedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ...

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,260 km² (486 mi²). 1,258 km² (486 mi²) of it is land and 1 km² (1 mi²) of it (0.11%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an Imperial unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (5,280 feet, 1,760 yards, 1,609. ...


Adjacent counties

Kankakee County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Iroquois County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Vermilion County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Champaign County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... McLean County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Livingston County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ...

History

Ford County was formed February 17, 1859. It was the last of Illinois' 102 counties to be formed. The County was named in honor of Thomas Ford, who served as Governor of Illinois from 1842 to 1846.[1] He is mostly remembered for his involvement in the Illinois Mormon War. February 17 is the 48th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1859 (MDCCCLIX) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the Julian calendar). ... Thomas Ford (December 5, 1800 - November 3, 1850) was a Democrat and governor of Illinois from 1842 to 1846 remembered largely for the Illinois Mormon War. ... 1842 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... 1846 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... The references in this article would be clearer with a different style of citation, footnoting or external linking. ...


Ford County is overwhelmingly Republican. There are so few Democrats in the County that the Libertarian Party has been the "official opposition party", entitled by law to positions reserved for the opposition party.[citation needed] The Republican Party (often referred to as the GOP, for Grand Old Party) is one of the two major political parties in the United States two-party system, along with the Democratic Party. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ... The Libertarian Party is an American political party founded in 1971. ...


Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 14,241 people, 5,639 households, and 3,902 families residing in the county. The population density was 11/km² (29/mi²). There were 6,060 housing units at an average density of 5/km² (12/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.18% White, 0.25% Black or African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.40% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. 1.24% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The following is a list of sources used in the creation of encyclopedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 5,639 households out of which 31.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.80% were married couples living together, 8.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.80% were non-families. 28.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.99. A marriage is a relationship between or among individuals, usually recognized by civil authority and/or bound by the religious beliefs of the participants. ...


In the county the population was spread out with 25.80% under the age of 18, 6.90% from 18 to 24, 26.40% from 25 to 44, 21.50% from 45 to 64, and 19.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 91.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.00 males.


The median income for a household in the county was $38,073, and the median income for a family was $44,947. Males had a median income of $32,085 versus $22,320 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,860. About 5.70% of families and 7.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.60% of those under age 18 and 5.90% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Cities and towns

Cabery is a village located in both Kankakee County, Illinois and Ford County, Illinois. ... Elliott is a village located in Ford County, Illinois. ... Gibson City is a city located in Ford County, Illinois. ... Kempton is a village located in Ford County, Illinois. ... Melvin is a village located in Ford County, Illinois. ... Paxton is a city located in Ford County, Illinois. ... Piper City is a village located in Ford County, Illinois. ... Roberts is a village located in Ford County, Illinois. ... Sibley is a village located in Ford County, Illinois. ... Stelle is an unincorporated village located in northern Ford County, Illinois. ...

External links

  • History of Ford County - Information from Centurama Celebrating The First 100 Years of Ford County, Illinois 1859-1959
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Ford County, Illinois - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (446 words)
Ford County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois.
In the county the population was spread out with 25.80% under the age of 18, 6.90% from 18 to 24, 26.40% from 25 to 44, 21.50% from 45 to 64, and 19.40% who were 65 years of age or older.
The median income for a household in the county was $38,073, and the median income for a family was $44,947.
Paxton, IL Ford Co. (573 words)
Ford County, located in east central Illinois, has the distinction of being the youngest county in the state.
Ford County is shaped like an inverted capital T and the northern part is known as the "panhandle." There are 45 other counties in Illinois having a smaller land area than Ford County.
Ford County's most distinguished citizen, Congressman Leslie C. Arends of Melvin, was honored for his 40 years of service to our nation when President Gerald Ford arrived on October 24, 1974.
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