Hillsboro, Illinois

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Hillsboro is a city in Montgomery County, Illinois, United States. The population was 4,359 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Montgomery County.[1]



Hillsboro was given its name because one of the first settling families' names was "Hillsborough".[2]

The Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Illinois held its first convention in Hillsboro, October 15, 1846.[citation needed]


Hillsboro is located at 39°9′54″N 89°29′4″W / 39.165°N 89.48444°W / 39.165; -89.48444 (39.164973, -89.484572).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.3 square miles (13.8 km²), of which, 3.6 square miles (9.3 km²) of it is land and 1.7 square miles (4.5 km²) of it (32.65%) is water.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 4,359 people, 1,800 households, and 1,189 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,214.9 people per square mile (468.8/km²). There were 1,944 housing units at an average density of 541.8/sq mi (209.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.22% White, 1.10% African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.39% from other races, and 0.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.19% of the population.

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