Stephenson County, Illinois

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Stephenson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. As of 2000, the population was 48,979. Its county seat is Freeport, Illinois.[1] The Freeport Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Stephenson County.



Stephenson County was formed in 1837 out of Jo Daviess and Winnebago Counties. The County was named for Colonel Benjamin Stephenson, an official of the Illinois Territory.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 565 square miles (1,463 km²), of which 564 square miles (1,461 km²) is land and 1 square mile (1 km²) (0.10%) is water.

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