Perry County, Illinois

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Perry County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. As of 2000, the population was 23,094. Its county seat is Pinckneyville, Illinois[1].



Perry County is located in Southwestern Illinois. Pinckneyville, at the center of the county, is approximately 70 miles (110 km) southeast of St. Louis, Missouri and 300 miles (480 km) southwest of Chicago. The Mississippi River lies about 30 miles (48 km) west of the County.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 447 square miles (1,157 km²), of which 441 square miles (1,142 km²) is land and 6 square miles (15 km²) (1.31%) is water.

The County's topography is mainly flat with some rolling hills. The part of the County's eastern border, the part shared with Franklin County, is formed by the Little Muddy River. Beaucoup Creek runs north to south through the County and lies just east of Pinckneyville.

The county's topography also features many "strip cut" lakes, lakes left behind following above-ground coal mining. Lakes at two of the county's chief recreation areas, the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds and Pyramid State Recreation Area, were formed this way.

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