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Massac County, Illinois
Map of Illinois highlighting Massac County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Illinois's location in the U.S.
Founded 1843
Seat Metropolis
Largest city Metropolis
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

242 sq mi (627 km²)
239 sq mi (619 km²)
3 sq mi (8 km²), 1.26%
 - (2000)
 - Density

63/sq mi (24/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Massac County is a county located in the state of Illinois, USA. As of 2000, the population is 15,161. Its county seat is Metropolis, Illinois6.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 627 km² (242 sq mi). 619 km² (239 sq mi) of it is land and 8 km² (3 sq mi) of it (1.26%) is water.

Adjacent Counties[]


Massac County was organized in 1843, out of Johnson and Pope Counties. The County was named for Fort Massac, which was built by the French in 1757, during the French and Indian War. The Fort was itself named in 1759, in honor of Claud Louis d'Espinchal, Marquis de Massiac, the French Naval Minister. Massiac is a place in France.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1900 13,110
1910 14,200 8.3%
1920 13,559 −4.5%
1930 14,081 3.8%
1940 14,937 6.1%
1950 13,594 −9.0%
1960 14,341 5.5%
1970 13,889 −3.2%
1980 14,990 7.9%
1990 14,752 −1.6%
2000 15,161 2.8%
IL Counties 1900-1990

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 15,161 people, 6,261 households, and 4,320 families residing in the county. The population density was 24/km² (63/sq mi). There were 6,951 housing units at an average density of 11/km² (29/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 92.57% White, 5.48% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.33% from other races, and 1.16% from two or more races. 0.81% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,261 households out of which 29.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.50% were married couples living together, 10.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.00% were non-families. 28.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.00% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 17.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 91.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,498, and the median income for a family was $39,068. Males had a median income of $32,793 versus $20,399 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,334. About 10.40% of families and 13.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.40% of those under age 18 and 14.10% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[]

Census designated places[]

Coordinates: 37°13′N 88°43′W / 37.22, -88.71

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