Whiteside County, Illinois

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Whiteside County
Street painting in Morrison
Street painting in Morrison
Map of Illinois highlighting Whiteside County
Location within the U.S. state of Illinois
Map of the United States highlighting Illinois
Illinois's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 41°45′N 89°55′W / 41.75°N 89.91°W / 41.75; -89.91
Country United States
State Illinois
Named forSamuel Whiteside
Largest citySterling
 • Total697 sq mi (1,810 km2)
 • Land684 sq mi (1,770 km2)
 • Water12 sq mi (30 km2)  1.8%
 • Total55,691
 • Density80/sq mi (31/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)

Whiteside County is a county in the U.S. state of Illinois. According to the 2020 census, it had a population of 55,691.[1] The county seat is Morrison.[2]

Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan was born in the Whiteside County community of Tampico.

History[change | change source]

Whiteside County was founded in 1836 from parts of Jo Daviess and Henry counties. It was named after General Samuel Whiteside, an Illinois officer in the War of 1812 and Black Hawk War.

Geography[change | change source]

The county has a total area of 697 square miles (1,810 km2). It is bounded on the west by the Mississippi River.

Bordering counties[change | change source]

Communities[change | change source]

Cities[change | change source]

Villages[change | change source]

Unincorporated communities[change | change source]

  • Galt
  • Malvern

Census-designated place[change | change source]

Townships[change | change source]

Whiteside County is divided into these townships:

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "QuickFacts: Whiteside County, Illinois". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 14, 2023.
  2. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 7 June 2011.

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