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Ford County, Illinois (IL)


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County population in 2012: 14,008 (58% urban, 42% rural); it was 14,241 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 2,568
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,725
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 4,288
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,383 (it was 1,351 in 2000)
% of renters here:

24%
State:

33%

Land area: 486 sq. mi.
Water area: 0.5 sq. mi.
Population density: 29 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Ford County: 86.1 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (26.1%), Manufacturing (14.6%), Retail trade (11.2%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 76%
  • Government: 15%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 9%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Ford County, Illinois:


Median resident age:  42.0 years
Illinois median age:  36.0 years

Males: 6,854  (48.4%)
Females: 7,227  (51.6%)

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Ford County,IL real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Ford County:

2.0 people
Illinois:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $44,100 ($38,073 in 1999)
This county:

$44100
Illinois:

$53966

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $427 (lower quartile is $285, upper quartile is $526)
This county:

$427
State:

$708


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $92,120 (it was $71,200 in 2000)
Ford County:

$92,120
Illinois:

$202,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $66,801 - $133,265

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $131,440
Here:

$131,440
State:

$252,233

Townhouses or other attached units: $290,051
Here:

$290,051
State:

$249,884

In 2-unit structures: $33,359
Here:

$33,359
State:

$282,193

Mobile homes: $79,681
Here:

$79,681
State:

$35,670

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $167,659
Here:

$167,659
State:

$62,382
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,236
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $315

Institutionalized population: 410

Ford County, IL map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $1,998 (2.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $1,429 (1.7%)


Ford County household income distribution in 2009 Ford County home values distribution


Ford County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 8.4%
(8.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 14.5% for Black residents, 20.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 76.9% for American Indian residents, 65.5% for other race residents, 27.8% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 42 years old
(Males: 40 years old, Females: 44 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 43 years old, Black residents: 27 years old, American Indian residents: 22 years old, Asian residents: 34 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 23 years old, Other race residents: 23 years old)

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

7.0%
Whole state:

10.7%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

2.2%
Whole state:

5.1%

Area name: Champaign-Urbana, IL MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Ford County is $522 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $614 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $771 a month.

Cities in this county include: Paxton, Gibson City, Gibson, Piper City, Melvin, Roberts, Elliott, Sibley, Cabery, Kempton.

Ford County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Local government website: www.prairienet.org/fordiroq/ford.htm

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Ford County: Moffett School (A), Railside Golf Club (B), Cow Creek Farm (C), Harvest Moon Drive-In (D), Glazik Farms (E), Mueller Farms (F), Grubbs Farms (G), Tjardes Farm (H), Kendrick Farm (I), Hornstein Farms (J). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Ford County include: Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church (A), Pontoppidan Lutheran Church (B), Saint Alfreds Chapel (C), American Lutheran Church (D), Mount Olive Church (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Blackford Cemetery (1), Brewton Cemetery (2), Mona Township Cemetery (3), Meharry Cemetery (4), Mount Hope Cemetery (5), Hall Cemetery (6), Mount Olivet Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoir: Laue Lake (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Big Four Ditch (A), West Branch Drummer Creek (B), Prairie Creek (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Ford County: Prospect Cemetery Prairie Nature Preserve (1). Display/hide its location on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Champaign County , Iroquois County , Kankakee County , Livingston County , McLean County , Vermilion County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 456
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 86.0%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 13.9%

Number of foreign born residents: 150 (55% naturalized citizens)

Ford County:

1.1%
Whole state:

12.3%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.2 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 57.6%

Ford County marital status for males
Ford County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Ford County with a mortgage: 2,061 (183 second mortgage, 108 home equity loan, 8 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,604

Here:

56.2% with mortgage
State:

69.8% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 63.23%
Here63.2%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 9,004
Total congregations: 38

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameUnited Methodist ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaCatholic ChurchNew Testament Association Independent Baptist Churches/Other Fundamental BaptistsSouthern Baptist Convention
Adherents2,569 (28.5%)1,816 (20.2%)1,585 (17.6%)558 (6.2%)512 (5.7%)
Congregations8 (21.1%)6 (15.8%)6 (15.8%)2 (5.3%)2 (5.3%)
NameChristian Churches and Churches of ChristChristian Church (Disciples of Christ)Presbyterian Church (USA) The Evangelical Covenant ChurchOther
Adherents410 (4.6%)391 (4.3%)353 (3.9%)242 (2.7%)568 (6.3%)
Congregations1 (2.6%)1 (2.6%)3 (7.9%)1 (2.6%)8 (21.1%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Ford County - Paxton, Gibson City, Gibson, Piper City, Melvin

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 4
This county:

2.83 / 10,000 pop.
Illinois:

2.24 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Ford County:

1.42 / 10,000 pop.
Illinois:

0.75 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 8
This county:

5.67 / 10,000 pop.
Illinois:

2.61 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 16
Ford County:

11.34 / 10,000 pop.
Illinois:

6.86 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

9.7%
Illinois:

8.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

27.0%
Illinois:

25.2%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Ford County:

11.9%
State:

14.5%


Agriculture in Ford County:

Average size of farms: 540 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $155,426
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $268.22
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 12.28%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $113,425
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 94.17%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 0.26%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $137,998
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 87.36%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 1.99
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.21%
Corn for grain: 133356 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 2269 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 132601 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Ford County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is near Illinois state average. It is 2.0 times above overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 2 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 9/14/1965, a category 2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado injured 2 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Ford County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Illinois state average. It is 98% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/28/2004 at 06:10:52, a magnitude 4.2 (4.0 MB, 4.2 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 72.0 miles away from the county center
On 4/14/2000 at 03:54:20, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 95.2 miles away from the county center
On 12/17/1990 at 05:24:59, a magnitude 3.2 (3.2 MD, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 70.7 miles away from the county center
On 12/16/1996 at 01:58:31, a magnitude 3.1 (3.1 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 84.9 miles away from Ford County center
On 4/24/1990 at 09:41:24, a magnitude 3.0 (3.0 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 68.9 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Ford County (6) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 3
Emergencies Declared: 3

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (13%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (11%)
  • Truck transportation (7%)
  • Machinery (6%)
  • Food (5%)
  • Educational services (4%)
  • Transportation equipment (4%)
  • Health care (17%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Social assistance (4%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Farmers and farm managers (8%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (8%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (5%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (9%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Registered nurses (5%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (4%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (3%)

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




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





Ford County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 5,297 (78%)
  • Carpooled: 719 (11%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 12 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 2 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 10 (0%)
  • Walked: 265 (4%)
  • Other means: 64 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 405 (6%)

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


372 people in nursing homes
31 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
367 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
43 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities

Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $44,863.

7.01% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($30,281 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.01%
Illinois average:

5.66%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
5.55% relocated from other counties in Illinois ($24,665 average AGI)
1.46% relocated from other states ($5,619 average AGI)
Ford County:

1.46%
Illinois average:

2.13%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Champaign County, IL  1.90% ($30,343 average AGI)
from Iroquois County, IL  0.98% ($31,963)
from McLean County, IL  0.54% ($25,067)
from Livingston County, IL  0.43% ($30,250)
from Vermilion County, IL  0.23% ($21,538)
from Cook County, IL  0.20% ($30,545)
from Kankakee County, IL  0.18% ($38,800)


7.65% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($33,923 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.65%
Illinois average:

5.99%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.92% relocated to other counties in Illinois ($26,359 average AGI)
1.72% relocated to other states ($7,563 average AGI)
Ford County:

1.72%
Illinois average:

2.58%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Champaign County, IL  2.32% ($34,481 average AGI)
to Iroquois County, IL  1.02% ($36,053)
to McLean County, IL  0.48% ($26,556)
to Livingston County, IL  0.41% ($32,826)
to Kankakee County, IL  0.32% ($34,889)
to Vermilion County, IL  0.20% ($30,545)
to Cook County, IL  0.18% ($33,200)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.2
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.9

Births per 1000 population in Ford County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 14.8

Deaths per 1000 population in Ford County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 9.2
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 9.1

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Ford County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 2,647 (2,426 aged, 221 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 10%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 9%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 7.01
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 6643.310
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 560.620
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 38192.01

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1243.200
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1539.870
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 7.06

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 35.5
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 77.7

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 14.13

Household type by relationship:

Households: 13,671

Size of family households: 1,818 2-persons, 790 3-persons, 728 4-persons, 296 5-persons, 94 6-persons, 72 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,655 1-person, 193 2-persons, 16 3-persons, 12 4-persons, 1 5-persons, 1 7-or-more-persons.

97.3% of residents of Ford County speak English at home.
0.8% of residents speak Spanish at home (66% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 11% speak English not well, 6% don't speak English at all).
1.5% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (89% speak English very well, 5% speak English well, 7% speak English not well).
0.4% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (60% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 13% speak English not well, 8% don't speak English at all).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $81,547,000 ($5715 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $1,808,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $39,953,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $17,629,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $12,037,000
Federal grants: $7,925,000
Federal procurement contracts: $795,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $3,207,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $1,480,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $7,180,000
Federal Government insurance: $65,816,000

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

Births: 883
Here:

62 per 1000 residents
State:

75 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,130
Here:

80 per 1000 residents
State:

43 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +29
Here:

+2 per 1000 residents
State:

+26 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +165
Here +12 per 1000 residents
State -31 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Ford County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.93 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.2
State:

6.1

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.8
State:

4.1

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Ford County, Illinois
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 5
  • 3 rooms: 22
  • 4 rooms: 333
  • 5 rooms: 837
  • 6 rooms: 1,271
  • 7 rooms: 832
  • 8 rooms: 519
  • 9+ rooms: 469
  • 1 room: 7
  • 2 rooms: 61
  • 3 rooms: 206
  • 4 rooms: 318
  • 5 rooms: 276
  • 6 rooms: 159
  • 7 rooms: 152
  • 8 rooms: 118
  • 9+ rooms: 54
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Ford County, Illinois
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 82
  • 2 bedrooms: 894
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,315
  • 4 bedrooms: 866
  • 5+ bedrooms: 131
  • no bedroom: 7
  • 1 bedroom: 297
  • 2 bedrooms: 497
  • 3 bedrooms: 366
  • 4 bedrooms: 143
  • 5+ bedrooms: 41
Cars and other vehicles available in Ford County, Illinois in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 176
  • 1 vehicle: 1,171
  • 2 vehicles: 1,948
  • 3 vehicles: 744
  • 4 vehicles: 169
  • 5+ vehicles: 80
  • no vehicle: 161
  • 1 vehicle: 607
  • 2 vehicles: 420
  • 3 vehicles: 110
  • 4 vehicles: 46
  • 5+ vehicles: 7

64% of Ford County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 44% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 84% lived in Illinois.

Ford County:

64.5%
State average:

58.6%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $35,000


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 Ford County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (73.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (16.0%)
  • Electricity (6.8%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (2.7%)
  • Wood (0.7%)
  • Utility gas (54.4%)
  • Electricity (24.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (18.1%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (2.1%)
  • Other fuel (0.6%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 108
Here:

6.4%
Illinois:

13.4%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 36
Here:

4.6%
Illinois:

11.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 6
Here:

1.4%
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 (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue

Ford County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:


Ford County government finances - Revenue in 2006:


Ford County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Ford County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Ford County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Ford County, IL among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John10777.4 years
William9273.8 years
George7877.3 years
Robert7374.6 years
Charles6179.7 years
Mary6081.8 years
James5973.6 years
Dorothy4676.3 years
Anna4485.2 years
Ruth4383.7 years
Most common last names in Ford County, IL among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson7479.5 years
Anderson5981.0 years
Smith3577.7 years
Thompson3177.7 years
Swanson2983.1 years
Carlson2679.0 years
Wilson2578.9 years
Peterson2382.3 years
Brown2376.6 years
Miller2375.2 years
Businesses in Ford County, IL
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1McDonald's1
Curves1Pizza Hut2
Dairy Queen2RadioShack1
FedEx1Subway2
H&R Block2True Value1
Hardee's1U-Haul1
MasterBrand Cabinets1
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