Ford County is located in east-central Illinois. The County Seat is Paxton and the largest city is Paxton. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.fordcounty.illinois.gov/. The 2014 population estimate is 13,688 and the 2010 census population was 14,081. The land area is 485.62 square miles and there are 29 persons per square mile.
97.4% of the population is White, 0.9% is Black or African American, 2.9% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.4% is Asian, 0.3% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1% is two or more races. 88.6% have a high school degree or higher, and 16.3% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $89,600, there are 5,651 households, an average of 2.40 persons per household. The per capita income is $25,448, the median household income is $48,866, and 10.5% of the persons in Ford County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 1,500. Retail sales (in $1000) were $112,302, and sales per capita were $7,990. The percentage of black-owned firms is 0%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 31.2%.
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