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Encyclopedia > Mercer County, Illinois

Mercer County is a county located in the state of Illinois. As of 2000, the population is 16,957. Its county seat is Aledo.6 Public domain map courtesy of The General Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin, modified to show counties. ... Originally, a county was the land under the jurisdiction of a count (in Great Britain, an earl, though the original earldoms covered larger areas) by reason of that office. ... A U.S. state is any one of the 50 states (four of them use the term commonwealth) which have membership in the federation known as the United States of America (USA or U.S.). The separate state governments and the U.S. federal government share sovereignty, in that an... State nickname: Land of Lincoln, The Prairie State Other U.S. States Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Governor Rod Blagojevich Official languages English Area 149,998 km² (25th)  - Land 143,968 km²  - Water 6,030 km² (4. ... 2000 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A county seat is a town which is the capital of a county. ... Aledo is a city located in Mercer County, Illinois. ... Shortcut: {{GR|#}} {{Cite:GR|#}} The following is a list of sources used in the creation of Wikipedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ...

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History

Mercer County is named for Hugh Mercer (1726-1777), a physician and general during the American Revolution. Mercer died from wounds suffered at the Battle of Princeton. Events George Friderich Handel becomes a British subject. ... 1777 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Before the Revolution: The 13 colonies are in red, the pink area was claimed by Great Britain after the French and Indian War, and the orange region was claimed by Spain. ... Battle of Princeton -- During the American Revolutionary War Lt. ...


In May 1812, Congress passed an act which set aside lands in Arkansas, Michigan and Illinois as payment to volunteer soldiers in the War of 1812. Mercer County was part of this "Military Tract." State nickname: The Natural State Other U.S. States Capital Little Rock Largest city Little Rock Governor Mike Huckabee Official languages English Area 137,732 km² (29th)  - Land 134,856 km²  - Water 2,876 km² (2. ... State nickname: Wolverine State or Great Lakes State Other U.S. States Capital Lansing Largest city Detroit Governor Jennifer Granholm Official languages English Area 250,941 km² (11th)  - Land 147,255 km²  - Water 103,687 km² (41. ... The War of 1812 was a conflict fought in North America between the United States and Great Britain. ...


Seven years after Illinois became a state, Mercer County was founded. It was formed from unorganized territory near Pike County on January 13, 1825. Pike County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... January 13 is the 13th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1825 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ...


Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,473 km² (569 mi²). 1,453 km² (561 mi²) of it is land and 20 km² (8 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 1.38% water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... This article is about the unit of measure. ...


Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 16,957 people, 6,624 households, and 4,915 families residing in the county. The population density is 12/km² (30/mi²). There are 7,109 housing units at an average density of 5/km² (13/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 98.37% White, 0.29% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.35% from other races, and 0.68% from two or more races. 1.27% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... Shortcut: {{GR|#}} {{Cite:GR|#}} The following is a list of sources used in the creation of Wikipedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ... 2000 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There are 6,624 households out of which 32.10% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.5% are married couples living together, 7.2% have a female householder with no husband present, and 25.8% are non-families. 22.8% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.6% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.53 and the average family size is 2.96. Marriage is a relationship and bond, most commonly between a man and a woman, that plays a key role in the definition of many families. ...


In the county the population is spread out with 24.80% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 25.4% from 45 to 64, and 15.90% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 40 years. For every 100 females there are 96.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 94.20 males.


The median income for a household in the county is $40,893, and the median income for a family is $47,192. Males have a median income of $35,138 versus $22,227 for females. The per capita income for the county is $18,645. 7.8% of the population and 5.8% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 10% of those under the age of 18 and 8.4% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line. The per capita income for an area may be defined as the total personal income in an area, divided by the number of people in that area. ... 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

Aledo is a city located in Mercer County, Illinois. ... Alexis is a village located in Mercer County, Illinois. ... Joy is a village located in Mercer County, Illinois. ... Keithsburg is a city located in Mercer County, Illinois. ... Matherville is a village located in Mercer County, Illinois. ... New Boston is a city located in Mercer County, Illinois. ... North Henderson is a village located in Mercer County, Illinois. ... Norwood is a village located in Peoria County, Illinois. ... Reynolds is a village located in Mercer County, Illinois. ... Seaton is a village located in Mercer County, Illinois. ... Sherrard is a village located in Mercer County, Illinois. ... Sugar Grove is a village located in Kane County, Illinois. ... Viola is a village located in Mercer County, Illinois. ... Windsor is a village located in Mercer County, Illinois. ...

External links

Mercer County official website (http://www.outfitters.com/illinois/mercer/)

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Encyclopedia: Mercer County, Illinois (3210 words)
Mercer County is a county located in the state of Illinois.
Mercer County is named for Hugh Mercer (1726-1777), a physician and general during the American Revolution.
In the county the population is spread out with 24.80% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 25.4% from 45 to 64, and 15.90% who are 65 years of age or older.
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