Whiteside County is located in northwest Illinois. The County Seat is Morrison and the largest city is Sterling. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.whiteside.org/. The 2014 population estimate is 56,876 and the 2010 census population was 58,498. The land area is 684.25 square miles and there are 85.5 persons per square mile.
95.8% of the population is White, 1.6% is Black or African American, 11.6% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.5% is Asian, 0.4% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.6% is two or more races. 87.4% have a high school degree or higher, and 16.2% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $99,400, there are 23,370 households, an average of 2.44 persons per household. The per capita income is $24,525, the median household income is $47,667, and 12% of the persons in Whiteside County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 4,063. Retail sales (in $1000) were $570,627, and sales per capita were $9,676. The percentage of black-owned firms is 0%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 23.7%.
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