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DeKalb County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinoismarker. In 2000, the population was 88,969. As of 2007, the population is estimated at 103,729. Its county seat is Sycamoremarker, Illinoismarker . DeKalb County is part of the Chicago metropolitan statistical areamarker.

History

DeKalb County was formed in 1837 out of Kane Countymarker, Illinoismarker. The County was named in honor of Johann de Kalb a German (Bavarianmarker) hero of the American Revolutionary War. Kalb was with Gen. Washington at Valley Forgemarker. He was killed at the Battle of Camdenmarker.

Pronunciation

Area residents pronounce the county name, as well as the name of the city of DeKalbmarker, "di-KALB", with an L sound, unlike similarly spelled locations where the L is silent, such as DeKalb County, Georgiamarker.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 635 square miles (1,645 km²), of which 634 square miles (1,642 km²) is land and 1 square mile (2 km²) (0.13%) is water.

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Townships

DeKalb County's Legislative Center.
DeKalb County is divided into nineteen townships:


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Demographics

DeKalb County

Population by year
2000 - 88,969

1990 - 77,932

1980 - 74,624

1970 - 71,654

1960 - 51,714

1950 - 40,781

1940 - 34,388

1930 - 32,644

1920 - 31,339

1910 - 33,457

1900 - 31,756

1890 - 27,066

1880 - 26,768

1870 - 23,265

1860 - 19,086

1850 - 7,540

1840 - 1,697



2000 census age pyramid for DeKalb County.
As of the census of 2000, there were 88,969 people, 31,674 households, and 19,954 families residing in the county. The population density was 140 people per square mile (54/km²). There were 32,988 housing units at an average density of 52 per square mile (20/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 88.46% White, 4.59% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 2.35% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 2.74% from other races, and 1.57% from two or more races. 6.55% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 25.6% were of German, 10.8% Irish, 7.2% English, 5.9% Americanmarker and 5.0% Norwegian ancestry according to Census 2000. 90.8% spoke English and 5.7% Spanish as their first language.

There were 31,674 households out of which 32.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.90% were married couples living together, 8.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.00% were non-families. 25.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.10% under the age of 18, 22.00% from 18 to 24, 27.60% from 25 to 44, 17.40% from 45 to 64, and 9.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 98.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $45,828, and the median income for a family was $58,194. Males had a median income of $41,111 versus $26,690 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,462. About 5.10% of families and 11.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.10% of those under age 18 and 4.50% of those age 65 or over.

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