Saline County, Illinois

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Saline County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. As of 2000, the population was 26,733. Its county seat is Harrisburg, Illinois[1]. Saline County is home to the smallest post office and the largest KFC in the United States.[citation needed] There are three major towns in Saline County connected by U.S. Route 45, and the now abandoned Cairo and Vincennes/Big Four/New York Central Line, from north to south, Eldorado, Harrisburg, and Carrier Mills.

The Harrisburg Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Saline County.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 387 square miles (1,002 km²), of which 383 square miles (993 km²) is land and 4 square miles (10 km²) (0.95%) is water.

The Saline County area is mostly rolling hills throughout gradually rising to the Hills of the Shawnee National Forest. The Saline River flows passed through the central point of the county in three forks, North, Middle, and South. To the north of Eldorado there are flat lowlands.[2]

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