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Lawrence County, Illinois
Map of Illinois highlighting Lawrence County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Illinois's location in the U.S.
Founded 1821
Seat Lawrenceville
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

374 sq mi (969 km²)
372 sq mi (963 km²)
2 sq mi (5 km²), 0.52%
 - (2000)
 - Density

42/sq mi (16/km²)

Lawrence County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. As of 2000, the population is 15,452. Its county seat is Lawrenceville.6


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 968 km² (374 sq mi). 963 km² (372 sq mi) of it is land and 5 km² (2 sq mi) of it (0.52%) is water.

Adjacent counties[]


Lawrence County was formed in 1821 out of Crawford and Edwards Counties. It was named for Captain James Lawrence, killed in action in 1813 while in command of the frigate USS Chesapeake. Motally wounded, he uttered the famous phrase "Don't give up the ship".


Nine townships make up Lawrence County. They are:


2000 census age pyramid for Lawrence County.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1900 16,523
1910 22,661 37.1%
1920 21,380 −5.7%
1930 21,885 2.4%
1940 21,075 −3.7%
1950 20,539 −2.5%
1960 18,540 −9.7%
1970 17,522 −5.5%
1980 17,807 1.6%
1990 15,972 −10.3%
2000 15,452 −3.3%
IL Counties 1900-1990

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 15,452 people, 6,309 households, and 4,252 families residing in the county. The population density was 16/km² (42/sq mi). There were 7,014 housing units at an average density of 7/km² (19/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 97.97% White, 0.76% Black or African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.27% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. 0.89% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,309 households out of which 28.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.90% were married couples living together, 9.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.60% were non-families. 29.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the county the population was spread out with 22.70% under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 26.20% from 25 to 44, 23.40% from 45 to 64, and 20.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 91.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,361, and the median income for a family was $37,050. Males had a median income of $28,428 versus $18,727 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,070. About 10.70% of families and 13.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.30% of those under age 18 and 8.50% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[]

Census designated places[]

External links[]

Coordinates: 38°43′N 87°44′W / 38.72, -87.73

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