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Mercer County, Illinois (IL)

County population in 2019: 15,468 (22% urban, 78% rural); it was 16,957 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 3,284
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 2,136
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 5,281
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,314 (it was 1,343 in 2000)
% of renters here:

20%
State:

33%

Land area: 561 sq. mi.

Water area: 7.9 sq. mi.

Population density: 28 people per square mile   (low).

March 2019 cost of living index in Mercer County: 84.1 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (21.6%), Manufacturing (15.7%), Construction (10.7%), Retail trade (10.3%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 79%
  • Government: 14%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 7%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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  • Races in Mercer County, IL (2019)
    • 14,59295.1%White Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 3852.5%Hispanic or Latino
    • 1961.3%Two or more races
    • 960.6%Black Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 580.4%Asian alone
    • 120.08%American Indian and Alaska Native alone
Median resident age:

45.5 years
Illinois median age:

38.6 years
Males: 7,723  (49.9%)
Females: 7,745  (50.1%)
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Average household size:
Mercer County:

2.0 people
Illinois:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2019: $62,782 ($40,893 in 1999)
This county:

$62,782
Illinois:

$69,187

Median contract rent in 2019 for apartments: $494 (lower quartile is $416, upper quartile is $610)
This county:

$494
State:

$889


Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $115,677 (it was $70,900 in 2000)
Mercer:

$115,677
Illinois:

$209,100
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $77,238 - $168,766
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,100
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $450

Institutionalized population: 184
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Health of residents in Mercer County based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2013 to 2019:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.5. This is about average.
68.8% of residents exercised in the past month. This is less than average.
45.6% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is about average.
53.0% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is less than average.
Average weight of males is 200 pounds. This is more than average.
Average weight of females is 165 pounds. This is about average.

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 36 buildings, average cost: $96,800
  • 1998: 26 buildings, average cost: $109,300
  • 1999: 46 buildings, average cost: $99,500
  • 2000: 39 buildings, average cost: $101,800
  • 2001: 25 buildings, average cost: $84,600
  • 2002: 39 buildings, average cost: $192,200
  • 2003: 41 buildings, average cost: $111,500
  • 2004: 38 buildings, average cost: $114,000
  • 2005: 37 buildings, average cost: $113,700
  • 2006: 28 buildings, average cost: $122,500
  • 2007: 20 buildings, average cost: $110,700
  • 2008: 8 buildings, average cost: $123,300
  • 2009: 14 buildings, average cost: $129,300
  • 2010: 10 buildings, average cost: $188,900
  • 2011: 13 buildings, average cost: $126,200
  • 2012: 50 buildings, average cost: $154,200
  • 2013: 14 buildings, average cost: $188,600
  • 2014: 6 buildings, average cost: $196,600
  • 2015: 9 buildings, average cost: $182,000
  • 2016: 12 buildings, average cost: $173,300
  • 2017: 8 buildings, average cost: $286,300
  • 2018: 7 buildings, average cost: $165,000
  • 2019: 7 buildings, average cost: $165,000
Number of permits per 10,000 Mercer, IL residents
Average permit cost in Mercer, IL
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $2,471 (2.1%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $2,151 (2.0%)

Distribution of median household income in Mercer, IL in 2019
Distribution of house value in Mercer, IL in 2019
Distribution of rent paid by renters in Mercer, IL in 2019
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 8.9%
Mercer County:

8.9%
Illinois:

11.5%
(9.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 37.3% for Black residents, 2.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 35.7% for American Indian residents, 11.7% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2019: 45.5 years old
(Males: 44.5 years old, Females: 46.5 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 46.4 years old, Black residents: 45.8 years old, American Indian residents: 47.6 years old, Asian residents: 29.1 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 23.2 years old, Other race residents: 22.2 years old)

Area name: Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Mercer County is $457 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $575 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $733 a month.

Cities in this county include: Aledo, Viola, Matherville, Keithsburg, Sherrard, New Boston, Joy, Seaton, North Henderson.

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

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Neighboring counties: DeKalb County, Indiana , Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania , Mahoning County, Ohio , Trinity County, California , Newton County, Indiana .

Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

4.5%
Illinois:

6.5%

Unemployment by year in Mercer, IL
County total employment by year in Mercer, IL
County average yearly wages by year in Mercer, IL

Current college students: 605
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 91.9%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 17.9%

Number of foreign born residents: 159 (88.6% naturalized citizens)

Mercer County:

1.0%
Whole state:

13.9%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • 42010 or later
  • 292000 to 2009
  • 131990 to 1999
  • 151980 to 1989
  • 121970 to 1979
  • 36Before 1970

Mean travel time to work (commute): 27.8 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 40.5%

Mercer County marital status for males Mercer County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 6,423
  • One, attached: 84
  • Two: 82
  • 3 or 4: 223
  • 5 to 9: 129
  • 10 to 19: 53
  • 20 to 49: 31
  • 50 or more: 142
  • Mobile homes: 254

Housing units in Mercer County with a mortgage: 3,009 (53 second mortgage, 203 home equity loan, 4 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 2,163

Here:

60.0% with mortgage
State:

62.4% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Mercer County

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant4,90621
Catholic1,5214
Evangelical Protestant96810
Other31
None9,036-
Mercer 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: 4
Mercer County:

2.43 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.24 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 11
Mercer County:

6.69 / 10,000 pop.
Illinois:

2.61 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 8
This county:

4.86 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.86 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Mercer County:

9.1%
Illinois:

8.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Mercer County:

26.7%
State:

25.2%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

14.9%
State:

14.5%

Agriculture in Mercer County:

Average size of farms: 392 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $120,823
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $296.29
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.16%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 24.52%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $102,029
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 78.44%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 2.74%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $111,197
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 87.80%
Average age of principal farm operators: 57 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 5.21
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.29%
Corn for grain: 120965 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 553 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 99890 harvested acres
Vegetables: 494 harvested acres

Earthquake activity:

Mercer County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Illinois state average. It is 145% greater 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, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 242.8 miles away from Mercer 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 223.2 miles away from the county center
On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi) earthquake occurred 242.9 miles away from the county center
On 6/28/2004 at 06:10:52, a magnitude 4.2 (4.2 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 96.7 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) earthquake occurred 272.3 miles away from Mercer County center
On 4/18/2008 at 15:14:16, a magnitude 4.8 (4.5 MB, 4.8 MW, 4.6 MW) earthquake occurred 242.8 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:

  • Illinois Covid-19 Pandemic, Incident Period: January 20, 2020, FEMA Id: 4489, Natural disaster type: Other
  • Illinois Severe Storms And Flooding, Incident Period: February 24, 2019 - July 3, 2019, FEMA Id: 4461, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Illinois Severe Storms, Straight-Line Winds and Flooding, Incident Period: April 16, 2013 to May 05, 2013, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4116: May 10, 2013, FEMA Id: 4116, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood, Wind
  • Illinois Severe Winter Storm and Snowstorm, Incident Period: January 31, 2011 to February 03, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1960: March 17, 2011, FEMA Id: 1960, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Winter Storm
  • Illinois Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: June 01, 2008 to July 22, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1771: June 24, 2008, FEMA Id: 1771, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Illinois Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3230: September 07, 2005, FEMA Id: 3230, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Illinois Flooding, Incident Period: April 18, 2001 to May 29, 2001, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1368: May 09, 2001, FEMA Id: 1368, Natural disaster type: Flood
  • Illinois Winter Snow Storm, Incident Period: January 01, 1999 to January 15, 1999, Emergency Declared EM-3134: January 08, 1999, FEMA Id: 3134, Natural disaster type: Storm, Snow
  • Illinois Flooding, Severe Storms, Incident Period: April 13, 1993 to October 22, 1993, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-997: July 09, 1993, FEMA Id: 997, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Illinois Blizzards and Snowstorms, Incident Period: January 16, 1979, Emergency Declared EM-3068: January 16, 1979, FEMA Id: 3068, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Blizzard
  • 4 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Mercer County (14) is near the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 9
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 9, Storms: 8, Snowstorms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snow: 1, Tornado: 1, Wind: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - Mercer

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 3,126 (85.4%)
  • Carpooled: 147 (4.0%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 2 (0.1%)
  • Walked: 50 (1.4%)
  • Worked at home: 338 (9.2%)
Class of Workers in 2019
Most common industries in 2019 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2019


  • Health care and social assistance (25%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Manufacturing (8%)
  • Finance and insurance (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Public administration (6%)

Most common industries for females in 2019


  • Health care and social assistance (27%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Manufacturing (8%)
  • Finance and insurance (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Public administration (6%)

Most common occupations in 2019 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations for males in 2019


  • Construction and extraction occupations (18%)
  • Production occupations (16%)
  • Management occupations (14%)
  • Transportation occupations (11%)
  • Material moving occupations (7%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (6%)
  • Sales and related occupations (6%)

Most common occupations for females in 2019


  • Office and administrative support occupations (21%)
  • Management occupations (9%)
  • Sales and related occupations (9%)
  • Educational instruction, and library occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (8%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (6%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for foreign-born residents


  • Mexico (26%)
  • Philippines (16%)
  • Jordan (14%)
  • Germany (8%)
  • Japan (7%)
  • United Kingdom, excluding England and Scotland (6%)
  • England (5%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Mercer County


  • German (22%)
  • American (14%)
  • Swedish (9%)
  • Irish (8%)
  • English (7%)
  • European (5%)
  • Italian (2%)

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

People in group quarters in Mercer County, Illinois in 2000:

  • 164 people in nursing homes
  • 29 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 20 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 20 people in other hospitals or wards for chronically ill
144 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
40 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $63,393.

4.77% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($46,895 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.77%
Illinois average:

4.69%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.54% relocated from other counties in Illinois ($34,165 average AGI)
1.23% relocated from other states ($12,733 average AGI)
Mercer County:

1.23%
Illinois average:

1.87%

Residents relocating <b>from</b> other counties or countries

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Rock Island County, IL  1.80% ($48,891 average AGI)
from Warren County, IL  0.44% ($42,483)
from Henry County, IL  0.41% ($48,778)
from Muscatine County, IA  0.35% ($48,913)
from Scott County, IA  0.35% ($40,870)


5.48% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($45,195 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.48%
Illinois average:

5.50%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.52% relocated to other counties in Illinois ($27,318 average AGI)
1.97% relocated to other states ($17,877 average AGI)
Mercer County:

1.97%
Illinois average:

2.67%

Residents relocating <b>to</b> other counties or countries

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Rock Island County, IL  1.58% ($43,743 average AGI)
to Henry County, IL  0.53% ($57,229)
to Scott County, IA  0.51% ($41,912)
to Warren County, IL  0.45% ($29,233)
to Muscatine County, IA  0.30% ($44,800)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.7
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.7

Births per 1000 population in Mercer County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.2
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2019: 11.2

Deaths per 1000 population in Mercer County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 6.2
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 1.6

Infant deaths per 1000 population in Mercer County
Population without health insurance coverage in 2018: 5.3%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2018: 3.0%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Mercer County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19
Population without health insurance coverage in Mercer County
18-64 population without health insurance coverage in Mercer County
40-64 population without health insurance coverage in Mercer County
50-64 population without health insurance coverage in Mercer County
Population under 19 years without health insurance coverage in Mercer County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 3,326 (2,972 aged, 354 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 121 (3%)
Persons enrolled in Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

Most common underlying causes of death in Mercer County, Illinois in 1999 - 2019:

  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (246)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (207)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (191)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (158)
  • Alzheimer disease, unspecified (64)
  • Unspecified dementia (47)
  • Unspecified diabetes mellitus, without complications (13)
  • Colon, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (10)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 9%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 8%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 5.89
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 2,392
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 230
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 24,156

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 887
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 851
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 12

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 11
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 47

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 12

Household type by relationship:

Households: 15,468
  • Male householders: 3,697 (1,039 living alone), Female householders: 2,845 (879 living alone)
  • 3,615 spouses (3,600 opposite-sex spouses), 391 unmarried partners, (359 opposite-sex unmarried partners), 4,104 children (3,773 natural, 62 adopted, 273 stepchildren), 232 grandchildren, 60 brothers or sisters, 62 parents, 14 foster children, 91 other relatives, 148 non-relatives
  • In group quarters: 213

Size of family households: 2,229 2-persons, 900 3-persons, 714 4-persons, 330 5-persons, 110 6-persons, 38 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,915 1-person, 291 2-persons, 7 3-persons, 7 4-persons.

2,341 married couples with children.
639 single-parent households (235 men, 404 women).

98.8% of residents of Mercer speak English at home.
0.6% of residents speak Spanish at home (69% speak English very well, 31% speak English well).
0.1% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (81% speak English very well, 13% speak English well, 6% speak English not well).
0.3% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (50% speak English very well, 48% speak English well, 2% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak other language at home (49% speak English very well, 31% speak English well, 20% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $86,455,000 ($5,094 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $1,739,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $42,086,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $18,652,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $14,391,000
Federal grants: $6,525,000
Federal procurement contracts: $1,139,000 ($295,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $3,662,000 ($334,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $430,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $6,714,000
Federal Government insurance: $63,909,000

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

Births: 976
Here:

58 per 1000 residents
State:

75 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 915
Here:

54 per 1000 residents
State:

43 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +15
Here:

+1 per 1000 residents
State:

+26 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -99
Here -6 per 1000 residents
State -31 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Mercer County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.64 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.6
State:

6.4

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.8
State:

4.2

Year house built in Mercer County, Illinois
  • Year house built in Mercer County, Illinois
  • 562014 or later
  • 912010 to 2013
  • 3712000 to 2009
  • 5951990 to 1999
  • 4191980 to 1989
  • 1,4091970 to 1979
  • 6431960 to 1969
  • 5241950 to 1959
  • 4321940 to 1949
  • 2,8861939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in Mercer County, Illinois
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Mercer County, Illinois
  • Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Mercer County, Illinois
  • 21 room
  • 22 rooms
  • 793 rooms
  • 3374 rooms
  • 9375 rooms
  • 1,1036 rooms
  • 9437 rooms
  • 7198 rooms
  • 1,0439+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Mercer County, Illinois
  • Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Mercer County, Illinois
  • 1301 room
  • 512 rooms
  • 1373 rooms
  • 3024 rooms
  • 2305 rooms
  • 2146 rooms
  • 1417 rooms
  • 868 rooms
  • 639+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Mercer County, Illinois
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Mercer County, Illinois
  • Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Mercer County, Illinois
  • 2no bedroom
  • 1561 bedroom
  • 1,1572 bedrooms
  • 2,7743 bedrooms
  • 9584 bedrooms
  • 1155+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Mercer County, Illinois
  • Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Mercer County, Illinois
  • 133no bedroom
  • 2591 bedroom
  • 4742 bedrooms
  • 3703 bedrooms
  • 834 bedrooms
  • 425+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in Mercer County, Illinois in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in Mercer County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Mercer County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • 132no vehicle
  • 1,1071 vehicle
  • 2,1472 vehicles
  • 1,0963 vehicles
  • 5094 vehicles
  • 1815+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in Mercer County in renter-occupied apartments
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Mercer County in renter-occupied apartments
  • 257no vehicle
  • 6511 vehicle
  • 3212 vehicles
  • 1233 vehicles
  • 134 vehicles
  • 95+ vehicles

90.8% of Mercer County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 32% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 65% lived in Illinois.

Mercer County:

90.8%
State average:

87.3%

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

  • This state: 11,304
  • Other state: 3,948
  • Northeast: 169
  • Midwest: 2,977
  • South: 560
  • West: 230
Year householders moved into unit in Mercer County, IL
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Mercer County
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 61.9%Utility gas
  • 24.2%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 7.2%Electricity
  • 4.8%Wood
  • 1.2%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 0.4%Other fuel
  • 0.4%No fuel used
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 58.4%Utility gas
  • 20.3%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 19.3%Electricity
  • 1.9%Wood
  • 0.1%Other fuel

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 91
Here:

6.3%
Illinois:

11.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 20
Here:

2.4%
Illinois:

9.3%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 107
Here:

25.2%
Illinois:

27.4%

Educational Attainment
School Enrollment by Level of School
Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Noninstitutionalized Residents with Employment Disability

Mercer County government finances - Expenditure in 2018:

  • Charges - Other: $1,351,000
  • Current Operations - General - Other: $2,071,000
    Correctional Institutions: $1,952,000
    Police Protection: $1,792,000
    Financial Administration: $1,712,000
    Regular Highways: $1,352,000
    Health - Other: $968,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $685,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $64,000
    Central Staff Services: $57,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $12,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $324,000
  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $6,137,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $5,820,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $724,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $406,000
  • Miscellaneous - Fines and Forfeits: $1,187,000
    General Revenue - Other: $1,142,000
    Interest Earnings: $78,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $250,000
    Police Protection: $81,000
    General - Other: $28,000
    Central Staff Services: $12,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $5,252,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $1,585,000
    General Local Government Support: $1,449,000
    Highways: $328,000
  • Tax - Property: $3,967,000
    Other License: $300,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $3,938,000

Mercer County government finances - Revenue in 2018:

  • Charges - Other: $1,351,000
  • Current Operations - General - Other: $2,071,000
    Correctional Institutions: $1,952,000
    Police Protection: $1,792,000
    Financial Administration: $1,712,000
    Regular Highways: $1,352,000
    Health - Other: $968,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $685,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $64,000
    Central Staff Services: $57,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $12,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $324,000
  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $6,137,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $5,820,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $724,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $406,000
  • Miscellaneous - Fines and Forfeits: $1,187,000
    General Revenue - Other: $1,142,000
    Interest Earnings: $78,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $250,000
    Police Protection: $81,000
    General - Other: $28,000
    Central Staff Services: $12,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $5,252,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $1,585,000
    General Local Government Support: $1,449,000
    Highways: $328,000
  • Tax - Property: $3,967,000
    Other License: $300,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $3,938,000

Mercer County government finances - Debt in 2018:

  • Charges - Other: $1,351,000
  • Current Operations - General - Other: $2,071,000
    Correctional Institutions: $1,952,000
    Police Protection: $1,792,000
    Financial Administration: $1,712,000
    Regular Highways: $1,352,000
    Health - Other: $968,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $685,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $64,000
    Central Staff Services: $57,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $12,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $324,000
  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $6,137,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $5,820,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $724,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $406,000
  • Miscellaneous - Fines and Forfeits: $1,187,000
    General Revenue - Other: $1,142,000
    Interest Earnings: $78,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $250,000
    Police Protection: $81,000
    General - Other: $28,000
    Central Staff Services: $12,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $5,252,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $1,585,000
    General Local Government Support: $1,449,000
    Highways: $328,000
  • Tax - Property: $3,967,000
    Other License: $300,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $3,938,000

Mercer County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2018:

  • Charges - Other: $1,351,000
  • Current Operations - General - Other: $2,071,000
    Correctional Institutions: $1,952,000
    Police Protection: $1,792,000
    Financial Administration: $1,712,000
    Regular Highways: $1,352,000
    Health - Other: $968,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $685,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $64,000
    Central Staff Services: $57,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $12,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $324,000
  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $6,137,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $5,820,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $724,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $406,000
  • Miscellaneous - Fines and Forfeits: $1,187,000
    General Revenue - Other: $1,142,000
    Interest Earnings: $78,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $250,000
    Police Protection: $81,000
    General - Other: $28,000
    Central Staff Services: $12,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $5,252,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $1,585,000
    General Local Government Support: $1,449,000
    Highways: $328,000
  • Tax - Property: $3,967,000
    Other License: $300,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $3,938,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 196
  • Number of aged recipients: 16
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 180
  • Number of recipients under 18: 40
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 129
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 27
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 68
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 95
Most common first names in Mercer County, IL among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John12576.2 years
Mary11881.6 years
William10577.0 years
Charles9676.4 years
James9673.1 years
Robert8470.7 years
George8177.5 years
Ruth6082.1 years
Helen5980.3 years
Harold5473.5 years
Most common last names in Mercer County, IL among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Anderson9080.7 years
Johnson8177.9 years
Brown7777.7 years
Smith5378.4 years
Peterson4075.7 years
Nelson4081.2 years
Miller3974.1 years
Greer3881.2 years
Carlson2780.8 years
Jones2672.8 years
Businesses in Mercer County, IL
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven1RadioShack1
AutoZone1Subway1
Chevrolet1U-Haul1
Circle K1U.S. Cellular1
Curves1Walmart1
H&R Block1YMCA1
McDonald's1