Menard County, Illinois

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Menard County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. As of 2000, the population was 12,486. Its county seat is Petersburg, Illinois[1].

Menard County is part of the Springfield, Illinois, Metropolitan Statistical Area.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 315 square miles (817 km²), of which 314 square miles (814 km²) is land and 1 square mile (3 km²) (0.36%) is water.

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Menard County was formed in 1839 out of Sangamon County. The County was named for Pierre Menard, the first lieutenant governor of Illinois.

Menard County before 1841, when it was reduced to its present borders


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 12,486 people, 4,873 households, and 3,552 families residing in the county. The population density was 40 people per square mile (15/km²). There were 5,285 housing units at an average density of 17 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.59% White, 0.38% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.25% from other races, and 0.39% from two or more races. 0.75% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 32.6% were of German, 17.4% American, 15.0% English and 10.1% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

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