Adams County, Illinois

Adams County, Illinois

Infobox U.S. County
county = Adams County
state = Illinois

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map size = 150
founded = 1825
seat = Quincy
largest city = Quincy
area_total_sq_mi = 871
area_total_km2 = 2257
area_land_sq_mi = 857
area_land_km2 = 2219
area_water_sq_mi = 15
area_water_km2 = 38
area percentage = 1.68%
census yr = 2000
pop = 68277
density_sq_mi = 80
density_km2 = 31
time zone = Central
UTC offset = -6
DST offset= -5
footnotes =
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Adams County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. As of the 2000 census, the population was 68,277. The County was formed in 1825 out of Pike County. Its name is in honor of the sixth President of the United States, John Quincy Adams. Its county seat is Quincy, IllinoisGR|6.

Adams County is part of the Quincy, IL–MO Micropolitan Statistical Area.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 871 square miles (2,257 km²), of which 857 square miles (2,219 km²) is land and 15 square miles (38 km²) (1.68%) is water.


Beverly, Burton, Camp Point, Clayton, Columbus, Concord, Ellington, Fall Creek, Gilmer, Honey Creek, Houston, Keene, Liberty, Lima, McKee, Melrose, Mendon, Northeast, Payson, Quincy, Richfield, Riverside, Ursa

Adjacent counties

*Hancock County - north
*Brown County - east
*Schuyler County - east
*Pike County - southeast
*Marion County, Missouri - west
*Lewis County, Missouri - west

National protected area

* Great River National Wildlife Refuge (part)


footnote= [ IL Counties 1900-1990]
As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 68,277 people, 26,860 households, and 17,996 families residing in the county. The population density was 80 people per square mile (31/km²). There were 29,386 housing units at an average density of 34 per square mile (13/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.10% White, 3.07% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.31% from other races, and 0.95% from two or more races. 0.83% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 48.4% were of German, 14.1% American, 8.6% Irish and 8.3% English ancestry according to Census 2000. 97.2% spoke English and 1.3% Spanish as their first language.

There were 26,860 households out of which 31.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.20% were married couples living together, 9.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.00% were non-families. 28.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.90% under the age of 18, 8.80% from 18 to 24, 26.40% from 25 to 44, 22.40% from 45 to 64, and 17.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 92.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,784, and the median income for a family was $44,133. Males had a median income of $31,171 versus $21,083 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,894. About 7.40% of families and 10.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.00% of those under age 18 and 8.90% of those age 65 or over.



*Quincy: "county seat"


*Camp Point
*La Prairie


*Fall Creek
*Hickory Grove
*Kingston ("2 villages in Illinois share this name")
*North Quincy


Adams County is divided into twenty-three townships:


*Adams County Fair
*Siloam Springs State Park
*Fall Creek Scenic Park
*Golden Windmill
*Burton Cave


Unified school districts

*Central Community Unit School District 3
*Community Unit School District 4
*Liberty Community Unit School District 2
*Payson Community Unit School District 1
*Quincy School District 172 []

Colleges and universities

*Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing
*John Wood Community College []
*Quincy University


External links

* [ Adams County GIS Website]
* [ Register of Historic Places]
* [ Adams County Website]
* [ Liberty School History]
* [ Great River Genealogical Society]

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