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L.E. Simpson Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
Published: 2017/08/02
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Operation Impact 2013 - Hancock County, IL
Published: 2013/12/11
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Record Breaking Land Auction by Sullivan Auctioneers, LLC - Hancock County, IL
Record Breaking Land Auction by Sullivan Auctioneers, LLC - Hancock County, IL
Published: 2013/08/23
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Doris Vass Trust Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
Doris Vass Trust Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
Published: 2017/04/19
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LEWIS 3572X Soybeans in Hancock County IL
Published: 2017/08/16
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Cowdery Trust Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
Cowdery Trust Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
Published: 2017/01/24
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Mary A. Hempen Estate Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
Mary A. Hempen Estate Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
Published: 2017/08/28
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Quesenberry Estate Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
Quesenberry Estate Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
Published: 2016/09/26
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Record Price Land Auction in Hancock County, IL
Record Price Land Auction in Hancock County, IL
Published: 2011/08/22
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Hancock County Jail, Illinois, USA
Hancock County Jail, Illinois, USA
Published: 2013/07/20
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Christine Cheeley Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
Christine Cheeley Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
Published: 2015/11/17
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Roy L. Zinn Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
Roy L. Zinn Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
Published: 2016/04/21
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Circle G Campground Aerial Tour • Hancock County, IL
Circle G Campground Aerial Tour • Hancock County, IL
Published: 2012/01/11
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Property title records in Hancock County Illinois | AFX
Property title records in Hancock County Illinois | AFX
Published: 2014/07/06
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Biographical review of Hancock County Illinois  containing biographical and genealogical sketches
Biographical review of Hancock County Illinois containing biographical and genealogical sketches
Published: 2016/01/24
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Steve & Sherry Harris Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
Steve & Sherry Harris Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
Published: 2016/10/27
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Francis Bergmeier Farm Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
Francis Bergmeier Farm Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
Published: 2015/02/13
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Teressa Veith Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
Teressa Veith Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
Published: 2016/03/11
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Relly A. & Lowis Fowler Trust Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
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Published: 2016/08/17
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Tax Lien Hancock County IL
Published: 2015/11/18
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Price Family Farms Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
Price Family Farms Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
Published: 2016/09/13
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The Housewright Farm Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
The Housewright Farm Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
Published: 2014/08/27
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Daniel Whitwell Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
Daniel Whitwell Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
Published: 2014/08/13
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Historic Hancock County, IL Home • Rita M. Sullivan
Historic Hancock County, IL Home • Rita M. Sullivan
Published: 2014/10/28
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Time-Lapse - Carthage Jail, Carthage, Hancock County, Illinois
Time-Lapse - Carthage Jail, Carthage, Hancock County, Illinois
Published: 2017/08/03
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Patrick J. Dickwisch Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
Patrick J. Dickwisch Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
Published: 2014/08/13
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Brad & Mark & Barb Finch Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
Brad & Mark & Barb Finch Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
Published: 2014/04/01
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Shuhart Creek Whitetails Illinois Deer Hunt Hancock County Illinois
Shuhart Creek Whitetails Illinois Deer Hunt Hancock County Illinois
Published: 2014/09/22
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Rodeffer Farm Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
Rodeffer Farm Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
Published: 2014/10/24
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Jeffrey M. Brower & Carol D. Brower Aerial Tour -  Hancock County, IL
Jeffrey M. Brower & Carol D. Brower Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
Published: 2015/08/27
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The Christine Zimmerman Estate Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
The Christine Zimmerman Estate Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
Published: 2014/06/04
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Shuhart Creek Whitetails Illinois Deer Hunt Hancock County Illinois
Published: 2014/09/22
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Parrish T. Young Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
Published: 2014/12/03
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Harriett June Rhea Gross Trust Aerial Tour • Hancock County, IL
Harriett June Rhea Gross Trust Aerial Tour • Hancock County, IL
Published: 2012/09/21
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Record Breaking Hancock County, IL Land Auction - Harriet June Rhea Gross Trust
Record Breaking Hancock County, IL Land Auction - Harriet June Rhea Gross Trust
Published: 2012/11/06
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Bernard P. Hogan Estate Aerial Tour • Hancock County, IL
Bernard P. Hogan Estate Aerial Tour • Hancock County, IL
Published: 2013/03/19
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Neil & Vickie Marshall Farm Aerial Tour • Hancock County, IL
Neil & Vickie Marshall Farm Aerial Tour • Hancock County, IL
Published: 2012/01/10
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Neil & Vickie Marshall Land Auction • Hancock County, IL
Neil & Vickie Marshall Land Auction • Hancock County, IL
Published: 2012/02/09
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Mesothelioma Lawyer Hancock County, IL (800) 859-6164 Illinois
Mesothelioma Lawyer Hancock County, IL (800) 859-6164 Illinois
Published: 2013/09/11
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Housewright Family Farm Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
Housewright Family Farm Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
Published: 2014/08/13
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IRS Tax Lien Hancock County IL
IRS Tax Lien Hancock County IL
Published: 2015/11/18
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Whistleblower Lawyer Hancock County, IL (866) 598-0941 Illinois Qui Tam Lawsuit
Published: 2014/02/18
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Illinois State Historical Society Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
Illinois State Historical Society Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
Published: 2013/05/23
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The Martin Humke Farm Aerial Tour • Hancock County, IL
The Martin Humke Farm Aerial Tour • Hancock County, IL
Published: 2012/09/27
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Joseph Pilkington Estate Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
Joseph Pilkington Estate Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
Published: 2015/03/30
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Bob & Joanne Balmer Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
Bob & Joanne Balmer Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
Published: 2015/02/02
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Marjorie Myers Trust Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
Marjorie Myers Trust Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
Published: 2013/11/13
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Published: 2016/03/17
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Paul & Bonnie Siegfried Aerial Tour - Hancock County, IL
Published: 2014/10/13
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Hancock County, Illinois
Hancock County Courthouse, Carthage.jpg
Map of Illinois highlighting Hancock County
Location in the U.S. state of Illinois
Map of the United States highlighting Illinois
Illinois's location in the U.S.
Founded 1825
Named for John Hancock
Seat Carthage
Largest city Hamilton
Area
 • Total 814 sq mi (2,108 km2)
 • Land 794 sq mi (2,056 km2)
 • Water 21 sq mi (54 km2), 2.5%
Population
 • (2010) 19,104
 • Density 24/sq mi (9/km²)
Congressional district 18th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.hancockcounty-il.gov

Hancock County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 19,104.[1] Its county seat is Carthage,[2] and its largest city is Hamilton. The county is made up of rural towns with many farmers.

Hancock County is included in the Fort Madison-Keokuk, IA-IL-MO Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Hancock County at the time of its creation in 1825

Hancock County was part of the "Military Tract" set aside by Congress to reward veterans of the War of 1812. Actual settlement of the interior of the county was delayed by concerns about hostile American Indians. After their defeat in the Blackhawk War in 1832, settlement proceeded quickly.

Hancock County was formed, on January 13, 1825, out of Pike County. It was named in honor of John Hancock, who clearly signed the Declaration of Independence.[3]

For a brief period in the 1840s Hancock had one of Illinois' most populous cities: Nauvoo, which was then headquarters for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The movement's founder Joseph Smith was killed in the county seat of Carthage in 1844. Most Mormons left Hancock County in the 1840s. Today, followers of the Latter Day Saint movement come, in increasing numbers, to important Latter Day Saint sites in Hancock County, partly for vacation and partly for religious pilgrimage.

The original courthouse was located at Montebello. Montebello no longer exists but was between Nauvoo and Hamilton. In 1833 the state commissioned the formation of the county seat at Carthage, which was centrally located but not well developed at the time. A log cabin was built to serve as the courthouse and continued to serve that purpose until 1839 when the second Carthage Courthouse was built. The original log cabin continued to serve as a school and other purposes until 1945 when it was removed.

The second courthouse cost $3,700 to build and served from 1839 until 1906. It served as a location for both Stephen A. Douglas (October 11, 1858) and Abraham Lincoln (October 22, 1858) to speak to residents of the area as they were running against each other for the US Senate. In 1906 it was removed to make room for the current courthouse.

The current courthouse was dedicated October 21, 1908.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 814 square miles (2,110 km2), of which 794 square miles (2,060 km2) is land and 21 square miles (54 km2) (2.5%) is water.[4]

Climate and weather[edit]

Carthage, Illinois
Climate chart (explanation)
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Average max. and min. temperatures in °F
Precipitation totals in inches
Source: The Weather Channel[5]

In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Carthage have ranged from a low of 13 °F (−11 °C) in January to a high of 87 °F (31 °C) in July, although a record low of −30 °F (−34 °C) was recorded in February 1905 and a record high of 113 °F (45 °C) was recorded in August 1934. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.47 inches (37 mm) in January to 4.58 inches (116 mm) in May.[5]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

2000 census age pyramid for Hancock County
Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 483
1840 9,946 1,959.2%
1850 14,652 47.3%
1860 29,061 98.3%
1870 35,935 23.7%
1880 35,337 −1.7%
1890 31,907 −9.7%
1900 32,215 1.0%
1910 30,638 −4.9%
1920 28,523 −6.9%
1930 26,420 −7.4%
1940 26,297 −0.5%
1950 25,790 −1.9%
1960 24,574 −4.7%
1970 23,645 −3.8%
1980 23,877 1.0%
1990 21,373 −10.5%
2000 20,121 −5.9%
2010 19,104 −5.1%
Est. 2016 18,508 [6] −3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2013[1]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 19,104 people, 8,040 households, and 5,427 families residing in the county.[11] The population density was 24.1 inhabitants per square mile (9.3/km2). There were 9,274 housing units at an average density of 11.7 per square mile (4.5/km2).[4] The racial makeup of the county was 98.0% white, 0.3% black or African American, 0.2% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 0.3% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.0% of the population.[11] In terms of ancestry, 34.7% were German, 13.8% were English, 13.2% were American, and 12.1% were Irish.[12]

Of the 8,040 households, 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.3% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 32.5% were non-families, and 28.2% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.85. The median age was 44.6 years.[11]

The median income for a household in the county was $42,857 and the median income for a family was $55,162. Males had a median income of $41,609 versus $27,648 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,885. About 8.9% of families and 12.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.8% of those under age 18 and 9.9% of those age 65 or over.[13]

Politics[edit]

Hancock County is located in Illinois's 18th Congressional District and is currently represented by Republican Davin LaHood. For the Illinois House of Representatives, the county is located in the 94th district and is currently represented by Republican Randy Frese. The county is located in the 47th district of the Illinois Senate, and is currently represented by Republican Jil Tracy.

In presidential elections, Hancock County usually favors Republican candidates, having voted for Democratic presidential candidates only four times during the period of 1940 to 2016 (in 1964, 1988, 1992, and 1996).

Presidential Elections Results[14]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 70.5% 6,430 23.5% 2,139 6.1% 552
2012 57.9% 5,271 40.1% 3,650 2.1% 190
2008 54.5% 5,161 43.7% 4,141 1.8% 167
2004 59.0% 5,837 40.2% 3,975 0.9% 87
2000 53.0% 5,134 43.9% 4,256 3.1% 301
1996 43.2% 3,961 43.6% 4,001 13.3% 1,216
1992 36.9% 3,714 41.8% 4,213 21.3% 2,142
1988 48.7% 4,568 50.5% 4,740 0.8% 70
1984 62.5% 6,251 37.1% 3,713 0.4% 37
1980 62.3% 6,597 33.3% 3,522 4.4% 466
1976 55.5% 6,043 43.5% 4,730 1.0% 108
1972 67.6% 7,519 32.3% 3,592 0.2% 18
1968 60.2% 6,866 32.6% 3,720 7.1% 811
1964 47.3% 5,557 52.7% 6,199
1960 61.9% 8,036 38.1% 4,947 0.1% 7
1956 63.4% 8,431 36.5% 4,854 0.1% 12
1952 66.1% 9,181 33.7% 4,681 0.1% 19
1948 55.5% 7,098 43.5% 5,559 1.0% 122
1944 59.6% 7,972 39.9% 5,338 0.5% 68
1940 57.1% 9,108 41.9% 6,688 1.0% 165
1936 47.6% 7,383 49.8% 7,726 2.6% 398
1932 34.9% 4,789 64.1% 8,808 1.0% 137
1928 58.7% 7,795 41.0% 5,447 0.4% 48
1924 51.8% 6,678 40.3% 5,189 7.9% 1,018
1920 57.8% 7,379 40.1% 5,125 2.1% 274
1916 44.0% 6,472 52.4% 7,711 3.7% 543
1912 25.6% 1,937 48.8% 3,692 25.6% 1,937
1908 45.5% 3,781 51.2% 4,260 3.3% 274
1904 49.5% 3,887 44.0% 3,456 6.6% 515
1900 44.7% 3,907 53.3% 4,657 2.0% 177
1896 47.2% 4,250 50.9% 4,581 2.0% 177
1892 41.8% 3,393 50.9% 4,132 7.3% 595

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Town[edit]

Villages[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Hancock County is divided into twenty-four townships:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 148. 
  4. ^ a b "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-07-11. 
  5. ^ a b "Monthly Averages for Carthage, Illinois". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 5, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 5, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 5, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 5, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-07-11. 
  12. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-07-11. 
  13. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-07-11. 
  14. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

External links[edit]

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