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Douglas County, Illinois
Map of Illinois highlighting Douglas County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Illinois's location in the U.S.
Founded 1859
Seat Tuscola
Largest city Tuscola
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

417 sq mi (1,081 km²)
417 sq mi (1,080 km²)
<1 sq mi (1 km²), 0.13%
 - (2000)
 - Density

48/sq mi (18/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Douglas County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. As of 2000, the population was 19,922. Its county seat is Tuscola6.


The west side of the Douglas County courthouse.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,081 km² (417 sq mi). 1,080 km² (417 sq mi) of it is land and 1 km² (1 sq mi) of it (0.13%) is water.

Adjacent Counties[]


A veterans memorial on the east side of the courthouse.

Douglas County was formed in 1859 out of Coles County. It was named in honor of Stephen A. Douglas, who was elected to the United States Senate in 1858, following the Lincoln-Douglas Debates.


2000 census age pyramid for Douglas County.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1900 19,097
1910 19,591 2.6%
1920 19,604 0.1%
1930 17,914 −8.6%
1940 17,590 −1.8%
1950 16,706 −5.0%
1960 19,243 15.2%
1970 18,997 −1.3%
1980 19,774 4.1%
1990 19,464 −1.6%
2000 19,922 2.4%
IL Counties 1900-1990

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 19,922 people, 7,574 households, and 5,476 families residing in the county. The population density was 18/km² (48/sq mi). There were 8,005 housing units at an average density of 7/km² (19/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 97.25% White, 0.30% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.32% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. 3.46% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,574 households out of which 33.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.10% were married couples living together, 7.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.70% were non-families. 24.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.00% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 26.80% from 25 to 44, 22.10% from 45 to 64, and 16.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 94.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,439, and the median income for a family was $46,117. Males had a median income of $33,079 versus $21,774 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,474. About 4.20% of families and 6.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.90% of those under age 18 and 7.60% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[]

Map of Douglas County, Illinois.

External links[]

Coordinates: 39°46′N 88°13′W / 39.77, -88.22

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