Jasper County, Illinois

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Jasper County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. As of 2000, the population was 10,117. Its county seat is Newton, Illinois[1].

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 498 square miles (1,289.8 km2), of which 494 square miles (1,279.5 km2) is land and 4 square miles (10.4 km2) (0.73%) is water.

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History

Jasper County was formed in 1831 out of Clay and Crawford Counties. It was named for Sgt. William Jasper, Revolutionary War hero from South Carolina. In the defense of Fort Moultrie in 1776, when the staff of the American flag was shot away, Sgt. Jasper erected a temporary staff, and waved the flag at the British until a new staff was erected.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 10,117 people, 3,930 households, and 2,849 families residing in the county. The population density was 20 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 4,294 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 99.15% White, 0.08% Black or African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 0.31% from two or more races. 0.47% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 49.2% were of German, 16.5% American, 9.7% English and 6.5% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000. 99.3% spoke English as their first language.

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