Mercer County is located in northwest Illinois. The County Seat is Aledo and the largest city is Aledo. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.mercercountyil.org/. The 2014 population estimate is 15,945 and the 2010 census population was 16,434. The land area is 561.20 square miles and there are 29.3 persons per square mile.
98.3% of the population is White, 0.4% is Black or African American, 2.2% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.3% is Asian, 0.1% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 0.8% is two or more races. 90.5% have a high school degree or higher, and 14.7% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $98,100, there are 6,716 households, an average of 2.40 persons per household. The per capita income is $26,620, the median household income is $53,136, and 10.1% of the persons in Mercer County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 1,344. Retail sales (in $1000) were $85,284, and sales per capita were $5,191. The percentage of black-owned firms is 0%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 33.1%.
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