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Pope County, Illinois
Map of Illinois highlighting Pope County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Illinois's location in the U.S.
Founded 1816
Seat Golconda
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

375 sq mi (971 km²)
371 sq mi (961 km²)
4 sq mi (10 km²), 1.01%
 - (2000)
 - Density

10/sq mi (4/km²)

Pope County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. As of 2000, the population is 4,413. Its county seat is Golconda6.

The county was organized in 1816 from portions of Gallatin County and Johnson County and named after Nathaniel Pope, a Secretary of the Illinois Territory.


First permanent settlement in 1798 at the modern-day site of Golconda, operating as a ferry point across the Ohio River. Pope County was formed in 1816 from portions of Gallatin & Johnson Counties.


The entire county is hilly and during rainy weather rivulets cascade down the hills in the park forming waterfalls of varying sizes and heights. The county contains Dixon Springs State Park, one of many state parks in the Illinois Shawnee Hills, and is part of the Shawnee National Forest. It is bordered to the south and east by the Ohio River, which marks the state's border with Kentucky.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 970 km² (375 sq mi). 961 km² (371 sq mi) of it is land and 10 km² (4 sq mi) of it (1.01%) is water.

Adjacent Counties[]


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1900 13,585
1910 11,215 −17.4%
1920 9,625 −14.2%
1930 7,996 −16.9%
1940 7,999 0%
1950 5,779 −27.8%
1960 4,061 −29.7%
1970 3,857 −5.0%
1980 4,404 14.2%
1990 4,373 −0.7%
2000 4,413 0.9%
IL Counties 1900-1990

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 4,413 people, 1,769 households, and 1,220 families residing in the county. The population density was 5/km² (12/sq mi). There were 2,351 housing units at an average density of 2/km² (6/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 93.29% White, 3.76% Black or African American, 0.79% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.45% from other races, and 1.43% from two or more races. 0.91% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,769 households out of which 27.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.80% were married couples living together, 7.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.00% were non-families. 27.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the county the population was spread out with 21.50% under the age of 18, 10.20% from 18 to 24, 23.80% from 25 to 44, 26.70% from 45 to 64, and 17.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 102.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,048, and the median income for a family was $37,860. Males had a median income of $33,717 versus $20,074 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,440. About 9.80% of families and 18.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.40% of those under age 18 and 8.40% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[]

Census designated places[]

See also[]

External links[]

Coordinates: 37°25′N 88°34′W / 37.41, -88.57

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