Hancock County is located in west-central Illinois. The County Seat is Carthage and the largest city is Hamilton. The Official Web Site is located at https://www.hancockcounty-il.gov/. The 2014 population estimate is 18,564 and the 2010 census population was 19,104. The land area is 793.73 square miles and there are 24.1 persons per square mile.
98.2% of the population is White, 0.4% is Black or African American, 1.4% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.3% is Asian, 0.3% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 0.8% is two or more races. 90.6% have a high school degree or higher, and 18.4% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $81,600, there are 8,101 households, an average of 2.30 persons per household. The per capita income is $23,714, the median household income is $43,925, and 13.6% of the persons in Hancock County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 2,125. Retail sales (in $1000) were $106,493, and sales per capita were $5,676. The percentage of black-owned firms is 0%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 30.1%.
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