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Perry County, Illinois (IL)


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County population in 2012: 22,058 (56% urban, 44% rural); it was 23,094 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 3,452
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 2,964
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 6,685
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,919 (it was 1,819 in 2000)
% of renters here:

21%
State:

33%

Land area: 441 sq. mi.
Water area: 5.9 sq. mi.
Population density: 50 people per square mile 
 
 (average).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Perry County: 77.3 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (25.5%), Manufacturing (17.0%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 72%
  • Government: 20%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 7%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Perry County, Illinois:


Median resident age:  39.0 years
Illinois median age:  36.0 years

Males: 12,114  (54.8%)
Females: 10,236  (45.2%)

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Perry County,IL real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Perry County:

2.0 people
Illinois:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $38,549 ($33,281 in 1999)
This county:

$38549
Illinois:

$53966

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $346 (lower quartile is $233, upper quartile is $438)
This county:

$346
State:

$708


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $74,059 (it was $54,400 in 2000)
Perry County:

$74,059
Illinois:

$202,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $49,897 - $107,409

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $112,188
Here:

$112,188
State:

$252,233

Townhouses or other attached units: $272,476
Here:

$272,476
State:

$249,884

In 2-unit structures: $87,058
Here:

$87,058
State:

$282,193

Mobile homes: $54,344
Here:

$54,344
State:

$35,670

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $284,903
Here:

$284,903
State:

$62,382
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,232
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $289

Institutionalized population: 2,480

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Single-family new house construction building permits:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $1,199 (1.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $880 (1.3%)


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


Perry County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 13.5%
(12.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 28.5% for Black residents, 31.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 75.0% for other race residents, 42.6% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 39 years old
(Males: 37 years old, Females: 42 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 41 years old, Black residents: 31 years old, American Indian residents: 32 years old, Asian residents: 34 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 29 years old, Other race residents: 31 years old)

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

13.2%
Whole state:

10.7%

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

5.1%
Whole state:

5.1%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Perry County is $417 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $492 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $594 a month.

Cities in this county include: Du Quoin, Pinckneyville, Tamaroa, Willisville, Cutler, St. Johns.

Perry County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Perry County: Perry Ridge Landfill (A), Union Community Center (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Perry County include: Paradise Church (A), Beaucoup Church (B), Bethel Church (C), Cross Church (D), Trinity Church (E), Friendship Church (F), Galum Church (G), Holts Prairie Church (H), Immanuel Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Vancil Cemetery (1), Antioch Cemetery (2), Bethel Cemetery (3), Williams Cemetery (4), Bradley Cemetery (5), Youngblood Cemetery (6), Campbell Hill Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Lake Sallateska (A), Beehive Lake (B), Pine Lake (C), Big Beaver Lake (D), Hook Lake (E), Boulder Lake (F), Lost Lake (G), Crystal Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Slade Branch (A), White Oak Creek (B), Moores Branch (C), Chicken Creek (D), Eaton Creek (E), Brushy Fork (F), Brush Branch (G), Bonnie Creek (H), Board Tree Branch (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Perry County: Pyramid State Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Franklin County , Jackson County , Jefferson County , Randolph County , Washington County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 977
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 72.3%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 10.1%

Number of foreign born residents: 224 (45% naturalized citizens)

Perry County:

1.0%
Whole state:

12.3%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 23.4 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 59.5%

Perry County marital status for males
Perry County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Perry County with a mortgage: 2,378 (164 second mortgage, 127 home equity loan, 8 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 2,385

Here:

49.9% with mortgage
State:

69.8% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 57.55%
Here57.6%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 13,291
Total congregations: 45

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionCatholic ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchUnited Church of ChristChristian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Adherents6,045 (45.5%)3,399 (25.6%)993 (7.5%)715 (5.4%)575 (4.3%)
Congregations17 (37.8%)5 (11.1%)3 (6.7%)2 (4.4%)1 (2.2%)
NameChristian Churches and Churches of ChristLutheran ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA)American Baptist Churches in the USAOther
Adherents371 (2.8%)312 (2.3%)234 (1.8%)230 (1.7%)417 (3.1%)
Congregations3 (6.7%)3 (6.7%)2 (4.4%)3 (6.7%)6 (13.3%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Perry County - Du Quoin, Pinckneyville, Tamaroa, Willisville, Cutler

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 5
This county:

2.22 / 10,000 pop.
Illinois:

2.24 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Perry County:

0.44 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.08 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Perry County:

0.44 / 10,000 pop.
Illinois:

0.75 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 9
This county:

3.99 / 10,000 pop.
Illinois:

2.61 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 15
Perry County:

6.65 / 10,000 pop.
Illinois:

6.86 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

8.8%
Illinois:

8.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

28.0%
Illinois:

25.2%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Perry County:

8.4%
State:

14.5%


Agriculture in Perry County:

Average size of farms: 353 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $43,843
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $131.19
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: 20.56%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $46,417
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 75.13%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 0.41%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $102,177
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 90.89%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 6.38
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 5.79%
Corn for grain: 47241 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 18385 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 81941 harvested acres
Vegetables: 18 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Perry County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly above Illinois state average. It is 4.6 times above overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused one fatality and 21 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 12/18/1957, a category 5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado killed one person and injured 6 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Perry County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Illinois state average. It is 50% 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 84.1 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 62.2 miles away from the 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 95.4 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 85.6 miles away from Perry 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 86.6 miles away from the county center
On 4/3/1974 at 23:05:02, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 LG) earthquake occurred 77.6 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 Perry County (4) is a lot smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 3
Emergencies Declared: 1

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (11%)
  • Public administration (7%)
  • Metal and metal products (6%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (5%)
  • Food (5%)
  • Transportation equipment (4%)
  • Truck transportation (4%)
  • Health care (18%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Social assistance (5%)
  • Food (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (8%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (7%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Law enforcement workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (7%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4%)
  • Child care workers (3%)

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




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





Perry County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 7,308 (81%)
  • Carpooled: 1,067 (12%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 17 (0%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 6 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 2 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 10 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 9 (0%)
  • Walked: 261 (3%)
  • Other means: 49 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 310 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

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


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $40,851.

5.33% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($28,725 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.33%
Illinois average:

5.66%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.22% relocated from other counties in Illinois ($23,275 average AGI)
1.11% relocated from other states ($5,450 average AGI)
Perry County:

1.11%
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 Jackson County, IL  1.11% ($23,821 average AGI)
from Randolph County, IL  0.70% ($29,660)
from Franklin County, IL  0.40% ($27,967)
from Washington County, IL  0.26% ($30,800)
from Williamson County, IL  0.24% ($27,889)
from St. Clair County, IL  0.22% ($31,000)
from Madison County, IL  0.17% ($33,231)


5.51% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($26,411 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.51%
Illinois average:

5.99%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.01% relocated to other counties in Illinois ($19,019 average AGI)
1.50% relocated to other states ($7,391 average AGI)
Perry County:

1.50%
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 Jackson County, IL  0.95% ($23,611 average AGI)
to Franklin County, IL  0.55% ($19,476)
to Randolph County, IL  0.49% ($27,351)
to Williamson County, IL  0.46% ($24,143)
to Washington County, IL  0.30% ($34,609)
to St. Clair County, IL  0.20% ($29,733)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.8
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.9

Births per 1000 population in Perry County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.3

Deaths per 1000 population in Perry County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 8.3
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 5.3

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Perry County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 4,099 (3,539 aged, 560 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 12%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 9%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 8.8
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 9448.820
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 448.690
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 43144.33

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1135.220
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1087
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 13.15

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 47.51
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 35.06

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 8.77

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 138.1. This is more than state average.

Household type by relationship:

Households: 19,850

Size of family households: 2,710 2-persons, 1,286 3-persons, 997 4-persons, 435 5-persons, 123 6-persons, 71 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 2,386 1-person, 269 2-persons, 33 3-persons, 20 4-persons, 3 5-persons, 1 6-persons, 1 7-or-more-persons.

97.3% of residents of Perry County speak English at home.
1.6% of residents speak Spanish at home (69% speak English very well, 18% speak English well, 9% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).
0.9% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (72% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 12% speak English not well).
0.3% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (57% speak English very well, 43% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $115,080,000 ($5062 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $1,500,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $59,465,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $30,833,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $5,977,000
Federal grants: $14,831,000
Federal procurement contracts: $801,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $3,172,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $173,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $3,310,000
Federal Government insurance: $12,362,000

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

Births: 1,292
Here:

57 per 1000 residents
State:

75 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,385
Here:

61 per 1000 residents
State:

43 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +33
Here:

+1 per 1000 residents
State:

+26 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -191
Here -8 per 1000 residents
State -31 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Perry County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.73 millions of gallons per day (5% from ground, 95% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.6
State:

6.1

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.4
State:

4.1

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Perry County, Illinois
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 41
  • 2 rooms: 52
  • 3 rooms: 136
  • 4 rooms: 992
  • 5 rooms: 1,956
  • 6 rooms: 1,664
  • 7 rooms: 1,001
  • 8 rooms: 474
  • 9+ rooms: 369
  • 1 room: 16
  • 2 rooms: 62
  • 3 rooms: 357
  • 4 rooms: 537
  • 5 rooms: 498
  • 6 rooms: 197
  • 7 rooms: 85
  • 8 rooms: 33
  • 9+ rooms: 34
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Perry County, Illinois
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 41
  • 1 bedroom: 257
  • 2 bedrooms: 2,320
  • 3 bedrooms: 3,089
  • 4 bedrooms: 851
  • 5+ bedrooms: 127
  • no bedroom: 16
  • 1 bedroom: 399
  • 2 bedrooms: 857
  • 3 bedrooms: 450
  • 4 bedrooms: 97
  • 5+ bedrooms: 0
Cars and other vehicles available in Perry County, Illinois in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 356
  • 1 vehicle: 1,894
  • 2 vehicles: 2,809
  • 3 vehicles: 1,231
  • 4 vehicles: 285
  • 5+ vehicles: 110
  • no vehicle: 370
  • 1 vehicle: 923
  • 2 vehicles: 443
  • 3 vehicles: 64
  • 4 vehicles: 2
  • 5+ vehicles: 17

63% of Perry County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 54% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 82% lived in Illinois.

Perry County:

63.3%
State average:

58.6%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $30,300


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 3%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 2%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Perry County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (54.9%)
  • Electricity (22.2%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (19.2%)
  • Wood (2.6%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.7%)
  • Utility gas (53.7%)
  • Electricity (32.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (10.7%)
  • Wood (1.5%)
  • Other fuel (0.8%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.7%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 249
Here:

11.1%
Illinois:

13.4%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 73
Here:

5.0%
Illinois:

11.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 24
Here:

2.7%
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

Perry County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:


Perry County government finances - Revenue in 2006:


Perry County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Perry 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 Perry County, IL among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John23177.3 years
William22775.7 years
Mary18480.4 years
Charles13973.7 years
George13677.4 years
James13374.5 years
Robert12571.9 years
Dorothy7977.5 years
Helen7779.0 years
Anna7483.9 years
Most common last names in Perry County, IL among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith11378.8 years
Miller6780.8 years
Jones5876.1 years
Davis5176.7 years
Brown4678.3 years
Marlow4477.9 years
Cook4477.9 years
Williams4373.6 years
Taylor4275.2 years
Kellerman3577.6 years
Businesses in Perry County, IL
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1Pizza Hut1
AutoZone1SAS Shoes1
Dairy Queen2SONIC Drive-In1
FedEx1Sears1
H&R Block2Subway2
Hardee's1Super 82
Jimmy John's1True Value1
Kroger1U-Haul1
Lane Furniture1UPS1
MasterBrand Cabinets4Walmart1
McDonald's2
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