Hancock County, Illinois

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Hancock County, Illinois
Hancock County Courthouse, Carthage.jpg
Location within Illinois
Location within Illinois
Map of the United States highlighting Illinois
Illinois's location within the U.S.
Founded1825
Named forJohn Hancock
SeatCarthage
Largest cityHamilton
Area
 • Total814 sq mi (2,108 km2)
 • Land794 sq mi (2,056 km2)
 • Water21 sq mi (54 km2), 2.5%
Population
 • (2010)19,104
 • Density24/sq mi (9/km2)
Congressional district18th
Time zoneCentral: UTC−6/−5
Websitewww.hancockcounty-il.gov

Hancock County is a county in the U.S. state of Illinois. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 19,104.[1] Its county seat is Carthage,[2] and largest city is Hamilton. The county is made up of rural towns with many farmers.

Hancock County was founded in 1825 and named in honor of John Hancock, who clearly signed the Declaration of Independence.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 11, 2011. Retrieved July 5, 2014.
  2. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 148.