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Pulaski County, Illinois
Pulaski County Courthouse, Mound City.jpg
Pulaski County Courthouse in Mound City
Map of Illinois highlighting Pulaski County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Illinois's location in the U.S.
Founded 1843
Named for Casimir Pulaski
Seat Mound City
Largest city Mounds
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

203 sq mi (526 km²)
199 sq mi (515 km²)
4.0 sq mi (10 km²), 2.0
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

5,193
Congressional district 12th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website https://www.pulaskicountyil.net

Pulaski County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. According to the 2020 census, it had a population of 5,193.[1] Its county seat is Mound City.[2] It is located along the Ohio River in the southwestern portion of the state, known locally as "Little Egypt".

History[]

Pulaski County was formed on March 3, 1843, out of parts of Alexander and Johnson counties. It was named in honor of Casimir Pułaski who was killed at the Siege of Savannah in the Revolutionary War.[3]

Geography[]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 203 square miles (530 km2), of which 199 square miles (520 km2) is land and 4.0 square miles (10 km2) (2.0%) is water.[4] It is the third-smallest county in Illinois by area.

Climate and weather[]

Climate chart for Mound City, Illinois
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temperatures in °Cprecipitation totals in mm
source: The Weather Channel[5]

In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Mound City have ranged from a low of 26 °F (−3 °C) in January to a high of 90 °F (32 °C) in July, although a record low of −12 °F (−24.4 °C) was recorded in January 1985 and a record high of 104 °F (40 °C) was recorded in June 1954. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 3.04 inches (77 mm) in September to 4.76 inches (121 mm) in May.[5]

Major highways[]

  • I-57.svg Interstate 57, which has been listed as a speed trap.[6]
  • US 51.svg U.S. Highway 51
  • Illinois 37.svg Illinois Route 37
  • Illinois 169.svg Illinois Route 169

Adjacent counties[]

National protected area[]

  • Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge (part)

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 2,265
1860 3,943 74.1%
1870 8,752 122.0%
1880 9,507 8.6%
1890 11,355 19.4%
1900 14,554 28.2%
1910 15,650 7.5%
1920 14,629 −6.5%
1930 14,834 1.4%
1940 15,875 7.0%
1950 13,639 −14.1%
1960 10,490 −23.1%
1970 8,741 −16.7%
1980 8,840 1.1%
1990 7,523 −14.9%
2000 7,348 −2.3%
2010 6,161 −16.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2020[11]

As of the 2010 census, there were 6,161 people, 2,642 households, and 1,658 families living in the county.[12] The population density was 30.9 inhabitants per square mile (11.9 /km2). There were 3,155 housing units at an average density of 15.8 per square mile (6.1 /km2).[4] The racial makeup of the county was 64.4% white, 32.4% black or African American, 0.4% American Indian, 0.2% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.6% of the population.[12] In terms of ancestry, 15.1% were German, 6.8% were Irish, 6.6% were English, and 6.6% were American.[13]

Of the 2,642 households, 27.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.6% were married couples living together, 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 37.2% were non-families, and 33.4% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.96. The median age was 43.2 years.[12]

The median income for a household in the county was $31,173 and the median income for a family was $39,699. Males had a median income of $36,915 versus $29,007 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,444. About 16.7% of families and 22.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.0% of those under age 18 and 18.0% of those age 65 or over.[14]

Communities[]

Cities[]

  • Mound City
  • Mounds

Villages[]

  • Karnak
  • New Grand Chain (usually referred to as "Grand Chain")
  • Olmsted
  • Pulaski
  • Ullin

Unincorporated communities[]

  • America
  • Perks
  • Spencer Heights
  • Villa Ridge
  • Wetaug

Politics[]

Pulaski County was often a swing county at the presidential level, but has shifted toward the Republican Party in the Donald Trump era and amid rapid depopulation in the county. Trump won 64.8% of the vote in 2020, the highest share for a Republican in the county since 1928.

This trend in Pulaski County has begun to affect down-ballot races as well. In the 2020 Senate election, longtime Democratic Senator Dick Durbin lost the county for the first time in his career, after winning it in his four prior elections.

United States presidential election results for Pulaski County, Illinois[15]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 1,699 64.58% 891 33.87% 41 1.56%
2016 1,675 61.24% 962 35.17% 98 3.58%
2012 1,564 51.93% 1,389 46.12% 59 1.96%
2008 1,593 48.72% 1,638 50.09% 39 1.19%
2004 1,720 55.34% 1,372 44.14% 16 0.51%
2000 1,430 47.41% 1,518 50.33% 68 2.25%
1996 1,036 36.82% 1,524 54.16% 254 9.03%
1992 1,169 32.94% 1,987 55.99% 393 11.07%
1988 1,666 47.90% 1,793 51.55% 19 0.55%
1984 1,923 52.48% 1,724 47.05% 17 0.46%
1980 2,083 50.82% 1,955 47.69% 61 1.49%
1976 1,836 42.26% 2,489 57.28% 20 0.46%
1972 2,485 59.27% 1,683 40.14% 25 0.60%
1968 1,741 37.59% 2,076 44.82% 815 17.59%
1964 1,716 33.99% 3,332 66.01% 0 0.00%
1960 2,621 52.83% 2,322 46.81% 18 0.36%
1956 2,966 56.74% 2,246 42.97% 15 0.29%
1952 3,447 58.88% 2,397 40.95% 10 0.17%
1948 2,658 52.81% 2,344 46.57% 31 0.62%
1944 3,248 58.02% 2,311 41.28% 39 0.70%
1940 4,589 56.76% 3,456 42.75% 40 0.49%
1936 3,774 49.37% 3,804 49.76% 67 0.88%
1932 3,225 47.95% 3,446 51.23% 55 0.82%
1928 3,319 65.18% 1,726 33.90% 47 0.92%
1924 3,355 61.57% 1,700 31.20% 394 7.23%
1920 4,002 62.85% 2,276 35.74% 90 1.41%
1916 3,863 62.72% 2,159 35.05% 137 2.22%
1912 1,632 51.27% 978 30.73% 573 18.00%
1908 2,185 65.24% 1,080 32.25% 84 2.51%
1904 2,180 70.71% 792 25.69% 111 3.60%
1900 2,039 64.79% 1,077 34.22% 31 0.99%
1896 2,081 63.97% 1,152 35.41% 20 0.61%
1892 1,662 63.22% 897 34.12% 70 2.66%



See also[]

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Pulaski County

Notes[]

  1. ^ Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named 2020 census
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. 
  3. ^ Callary, Edward (2009). Place Names of Illinois. Urbana and Chicago, Illinois: University of Illinois Press. p. 287. 
  4. ^ a b "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/DEC/10_SF1/GCTPH1.CY10/0500000US17153. 
  5. ^ a b "Monthly Averages for Mound City, Illinois". The Weather Channel. http://www.weather.com/weather/wxclimatology/monthly/graph/USIL0804. 
  6. ^ "I-57 Pulaski County Illinois Speed Traps | The National Speed Trap Exchange". http://www.speedtrap.org/view/illinois/125376. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census.html. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu. 
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/il190090.txt. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t4/tables/tab02.pdf. 
  11. ^ {{cite web|title=State & County QuickFacts|url=http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/17/17153.html%7Cpublisher=United States Census Bureau|access-date=July 8, 2014|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20160222140321/http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/17/17153.html%7Carchive-date=February 22, 2016|url-status=dead}
  12. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/DEC/10_DP/DPDP1/0500000US17153. 
  13. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/10_5YR/DP02/0500000US17153. 
  14. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/10_5YR/DP03/0500000US17153. 
  15. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS. 

References[]

Coordinates: 37°14′N 89°08′W / 37.23, -89.13

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