Williamson County, Illinois

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Williamson County is a county located in the southern part of the U.S. state of Illinois. As of 2000, the population was 61,296. Its county seat is Marion, Illinois[1]. Williamson is a rapidly growing county in the Metro Lakeland area and is located 88 miles (142 km) southeast of St. Louis, MO. Its location at the intersection of Interstate 57, Interstate 24, and Illinois Route 13, a main east-west 4-lane expressway, gives it access to the major communities of Murphysboro, Carbondale, Carterville, Herrin, Marion, and Harrisburg, IL. Although the Williamson County population is only 61,296, it is located in the heart of the Metro Lakeland area of Jackson-Williamson Counties where 120,000 citizens of Illinois make their home. Carbondale (14 miles west), Herrin and Marion are the key urban areas in Metro Lakeland, with a combined population of over 65,000. Over 235,000 people live within 35 miles (56 km).

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 444 square miles (1,151 km²), of which 423 square miles (1,097 km²) is land and 21 square miles (54 km²) (4.72%) is water.

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