Cass County, Illinois (IL)

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County population in 2012: 13,338 (48% urban, 52% rural); it was 13,695 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 2,164
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,662
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 4,019
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,444 (it was 1,328 in 2000)
% of renters here:

25%
State:

33%

Land area: 376 sq. mi.

Water area: 7.8 sq. mi.

Population density: 36 people per square mile   (low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Cass County: 85.3 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (24.6%), Educational, health and social services (17.5%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 53%
  • Government: 6%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 41%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Cass County, Illinois:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (79.4%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (16.8%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (2.8%)
  • Two or more races (0.6%)
Median resident age:  38.0 years
Illinois median age:  36.0 years
Males: 6,838  (49.9%)
Females: 6,804  (50.1%)
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Cass County,IL real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Cass County:

2.0 people
Illinois:

3 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $45,261 ($35,243 in 1999)

This county:

$45261
Illinois:

$56210

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $431 (lower quartile is $346, upper quartile is $516)
This county:

$431
State:

$772


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $70,798 (it was $54,400 in 2000)
Cass:

$70,798
Illinois:

$169,600
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $43,556 - $108,810
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $891
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $369

Institutionalized population: 147
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 16 buildings, average cost: $91,700
  • 2008: 11 buildings, average cost: $102,000
  • 2009: 8 buildings, average cost: $142,900

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,607 (2.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $1,350 (2.0%)

Cass County household income distribution in 2009 Cass County home values distribution Cass County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 14.8%
(10.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 23.7% for Black residents, 28.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 58.3% for American Indian residents, 39.4% for other race residents, 27.4% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 15.4%
Cass County:

15.4%
Illinois:

14.7%
(11.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 24.7% for Black residents, 28.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 63.6% for American Indian residents, 40.9% for other race residents, 27.3% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 39 years old
(Males: 37 years old, Females: 40 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 45 years old, Black residents: 29 years old, American Indian residents: 58 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 25 years old, Other race residents: 22 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Cass County is $391 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $492 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $625 a month.

Cities in this county include: Beardstown, Virginia, Ashland, Chandlerville, Arenzville.

Cass County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Cass County: Valley Pumping Station (A), South Beardstown Pumping Station (B), Virginia Country Club (C), Hagener Townhall (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Cass County include: Bethel Church (A), Saint Peters Church (B), Black Oak Church (C), Immanuel Church (D), Sangamon Valley Church (E), Mount Olive Church (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Beard Cemetery (1), Berry Cemetery (2), Bethlehem Cemetery (3), Black Cemetery (4), Buck Cemetery (5), Carr Cemetery (6), Cauby Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Mound Lake (A), Hog Slough (B), Eagle Lake (C), Friend Lake (D), Leeper Lake (E), Big Lake (F), Pike Lake (G), Cottonwood Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Clear Creek (A), Coon Slough (B), Miller Creek (C), Mannel Branch (D), Lost Creek (E), Sangamon River (F), Cox Creek (G), Prairie Creek (H), Jobs Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Cass County include: Shick Shack Sand Pond Nature Preserve (1), Toppers Hole State Conservation Area (2), Sanganois State Conservation Area (3), Panther Creek State Conservation Area (4), Meredosia National Wildlife Refuge (5). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Brown County , Mason County , Menard County , Morgan County , Sangamon County , Schuyler County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

7.0%
Illinois:

7.1%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 410
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 80.0%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 12.6%

Number of foreign born residents: 1,067 (19% naturalized citizens)

Cass County:

7.8%
Whole state:

12.3%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 722
  • 1990 to 1994: 95
  • 1985 to 1989: 155
  • 1980 to 1984: 19
  • 1975 to 1979: 34
  • 1970 to 1974: 16
  • 1970 to 1974: 8
  • 1965 to 1969: 18

Mean travel time to work (commute): 22.1 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 63.8%

Cass County marital status for males Cass County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Cass County with a mortgage: 1,553 (169 second mortgage, 95 home equity loan, 2 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,492

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

69.8% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Cass County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant3,23518
Mainline Protestant2,83616
Catholic2,6134
Other832
None4,875-
Cass County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 6
Cass County:

4.41 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.24 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 9
Cass County:

6.62 / 10,000 pop.
Illinois:

2.61 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 13
This county:

9.56 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.86 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Cass County:

8.4%
Illinois:

8.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Cass County:

27.4%
State:

25.2%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

21.5%
State:

14.5%

Agriculture in Cass County:

Average size of farms: 465 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $149,717
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $283.57
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.78%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 33.17%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $120,874
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 75.88%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 8.13%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $111,119
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 84.31%
Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 4.74
Corn for grain: 81913 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 2470 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 63247 harvested acres
Vegetables: 325 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 13 acres

Tornado activity:

Cass County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Illinois state average. It is 4222621.7 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused one fatality and 7 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 4/8/1999, a category 1 (max. wind speeds 73-112 mph) tornado killed one person and injured 6 people and caused $2 million in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Cass County-area historical earthquake activity is near Illinois state average. It is 82% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 165.6 miles away from Cass County center
On 6/10/1987 at 23:48:54, a magnitude 5.1 (4.9 MB, 4.4 MS, 4.6 MS, 5.1 LG) earthquake occurred 150.4 miles away from the county center
On 6/18/2002 at 17:37:15, a magnitude 5.0 (4.3 MB, 4.6 MW, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 191.9 miles away from the county center
On 9/26/1990 at 13:18:51, a magnitude 5.0 (4.7 MB, 4.8 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 7.7 mi) earthquake occurred 198.3 miles away from the county center
On 4/18/2008 at 15:14:16, a magnitude 4.8 (4.5 MB, 4.8 MW, 4.6 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 166.2 miles away from Cass County center
On 4/3/1974 at 23:05:02, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 LG) earthquake occurred 150.8 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Cass County (16) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 14
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 14, Floods: 13, Tornadoes: 4, Hurricane: 1, Snow: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Mexico (89%)
  • Philippines (2%)
  • United Kingdom (2%)
  • Cuba (2%)
  • Guatemala (1%)
  • Panama (1%)
  • France (1%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Cass County (%):

  • German (32%)
  • United States or American (16%)
  • English (13%)
  • Irish (8%)
  • Scottish (2%)
  • Dutch (2%)
  • French (except Basque) (2%)

Cass County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 4,632 (72%)
  • Carpooled: 1,288 (20%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 4 (0%)
  • Railroad: 9 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 4 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 8 (0%)
  • Walked: 172 (3%)
  • Other means: 5 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 289 (5%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

177 people in nursing homes
35 people in homes for the mentally retarded

People in group quarters in Cass County, Illinois in 2010:

  • 147 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 30 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 7 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $47,078.

6.35% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($28,370 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.35%
Illinois average:

4.45%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.49% relocated from other counties in Illinois ($21,704 average AGI)
1.86% relocated from other states ($6,666 average AGI)
Cass County:

1.86%
Illinois average:

1.87%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Sangamon County, IL  0.88% ($36,809 average AGI)
from Morgan County, IL  0.78% ($31,548)
from Schuyler County, IL  0.54% ($29,414)
from Cook County, IL  0.26% ($27,214)
from Miami-Dade County, FL  0.24% ($18,308)
from McDonough County, IL  0.24% ($18,308)
from Mason County, IL  0.22% ($32,333)


7.22% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($34,693 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.22%
Illinois average:

4.96%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.09% relocated to other counties in Illinois ($23,688 average AGI)
2.12% relocated to other states ($11,003 average AGI)
Cass County:

2.12%
Illinois average:

2.36%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Morgan County, IL  1.24% ($37,970 average AGI)
to Sangamon County, IL  1.03% ($37,250)
to Schuyler County, IL  0.76% ($37,951)
to Menard County, IL  0.26% ($29,786)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.2
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 14.1

Births per 1000 population in Cass County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.3
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 11.2

Deaths per 1000 population in Cass County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 4.3
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 10.6

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Cass County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 2,480 (2,188 aged, 292 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 14%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 10%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1237.590
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1309.540
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 14.39

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 30.15
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 79.15

Household type by relationship:

Households: 13,458

Size of family households: 1,558 2-persons, 765 3-persons, 672 4-persons, 344 5-persons, 126 6-persons, 96 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,395 1-person, 242 2-persons, 51 3-persons, 14 4-persons, 4 5-persons, 1 6-persons, 2 7-or-more-persons.

2,417 married couples with children.
705 single-parent households (181 men, 524 women).

90.9% of residents of Cass County speak English at home.
8.2% of residents speak Spanish at home (15% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 36% speak English not well, 34% don't speak English at all).
0.5% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (97% speak English very well, 3% speak English not well).
0.4% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (77% speak English very well, 23% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $78,997,000 ($5718 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $4,716,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $35,001,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $18,365,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $6,000,000
Federal grants: $10,967,000
Federal procurement contracts: $4,333,000 ($3,585,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $4,332,000 ($381,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $0,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $2,178,000
Federal Government insurance: $39,309,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 1,037
Here:

75 per 1000 residents
State:

75 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 809
Here:

58 per 1000 residents
State:

43 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +612
Here:

+44 per 1000 residents
State:

+26 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -622
Here -45 per 1000 residents
State -31 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Cass County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.61 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.0
State:

6.1

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.5
State:

4.1

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 37
  • 2000 to 2004: 365
  • 1990 to 1999: 551
  • 1980 to 1989: 376
  • 1970 to 1979: 979
  • 1960 to 1969: 519
  • 1950 to 1959: 524
  • 1940 to 1949: 564
  • 1939 or earlier: 1,876
Rooms in houses/apartments in Cass County, Illinois
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 2
  • 2 rooms: 10
  • 3 rooms: 89
  • 4 rooms: 589
  • 5 rooms: 839
  • 6 rooms: 948
  • 7 rooms: 731
  • 8 rooms: 428
  • 9+ rooms: 383
  • 1 room: 7
  • 2 rooms: 46
  • 3 rooms: 164
  • 4 rooms: 450
  • 5 rooms: 297
  • 6 rooms: 224
  • 7 rooms: 75
  • 8 rooms: 41
  • 9+ rooms: 24
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Cass County, Illinois
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 9
  • 1 bedroom: 222
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,190
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,850
  • 4 bedrooms: 601
  • 5+ bedrooms: 147
  • no bedroom: 20
  • 1 bedroom: 212
  • 2 bedrooms: 659
  • 3 bedrooms: 339
  • 4 bedrooms: 87
  • 5+ bedrooms: 11
Cars and other vehicles available in Cass County, Illinois in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 178
  • 1 vehicle: 1,033
  • 2 vehicles: 1,935
  • 3 vehicles: 659
  • 4 vehicles: 152
  • 5+ vehicles: 62
  • no vehicle: 132
  • 1 vehicle: 650
  • 2 vehicles: 438
  • 3 vehicles: 88
  • 4 vehicles: 12
  • 5+ vehicles: 8

62% of Cass County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 58% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 66% lived in Illinois.

Cass County:

61.6%
State average:

58.6%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $36,700


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Cass County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (71.2%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (15.2%)
  • Electricity (12.0%)
  • Wood (1.4%)
  • Utility gas (66.1%)
  • Electricity (19.7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (13.4%)
  • Wood (0.5%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 134
Here:

8.7%
Illinois:

13.4%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 25
Here:

3.1%
Illinois:

11.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 71
Here:

19.6%
Illinois:

25.8%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Cass County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $133,000
    Police Protection: $88,000
    Central Staff Services: $32,000
  • Current Operations - Health Services - Other: $2,169,000
    General - Other: $1,138,000
    Regular Highways: $863,000
    Central Staff Services: $731,000
    Police Protection: $414,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $290,000
    Financial Administration: $145,000
    General Public Buildings: $59,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $1,259,000

Cass County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - All Other: $447,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Health & Hospitals: $244,000
    General Support: $20,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $187,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $381,000
    Interest Earnings: $249,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Health & Hospitals: $1,487,000
    Highways: $1,206,000
    General Support: $736,000
  • Tax - Property: $1,593,000
    NEC: $20,000

Cass County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $6,053,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Cass County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
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Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Cass County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
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Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Cass County, IL among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John16875.1 years
William15177.4 years
Mary13479.6 years
Charles11174.5 years
James10573.6 years
Robert9873.0 years
Helen8880.2 years
George8878.4 years
Dorothy6078.4 years
Margaret5980.2 years
Most common last names in Cass County, IL among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith7179.0 years
Anderson5877.5 years
Davis5478.0 years
Miller4478.2 years
Jones4076.3 years
Brown3975.0 years
Johnson3981.0 years
Taylor2974.8 years
Cox2879.8 years
Clark2778.1 years
Businesses in Cass County, IL
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1Long John Silver's1
AutoZone1McDonald's1
Chevrolet1Pizza Hut1
Dairy Queen1Subway2
FedEx1Super 81
H&R Block1True Value1
Hardee's1U-Haul2
KFC1Walmart1