Ogle County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. As of 2000, the population was 51,032. Its county seat is Oregon.
The Rochelle Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Ogle County.
Ogle County was formed in 1836 out of Jo Daviess
and LaSalle Counties
, and named in honor of Captain Joseph Ogle
, a veteran of the Revolutionary War
who came to Illinois in 1785. The county was divided three years later in 1839, when Lee County
Law and government
According to the U.S. Census Bureau
, the county has a total area of 763 square miles
), of which, 759 square miles (1,965 km²) of it is land and 4 square miles (11 km²) of it (0.58%) is water.Ogle County is bordered, on all sides, by other Illinois counties. To the north is Winnebago County
, to the northeast Boone
, and to the northwest Stephenson
. DeKalb County
lies east of Ogle County, and Carroll
to the west. South of Ogle County is Lee
, and Whiteside County
, which is to the southwest.
Brookville, Buffalo, Byron, Dement, Eagle Point, Flagg, Forreston, Grand Detour, Lafayette, Leaf River, Lincoln, Lynnville, Marion, Maryland, Monroe, Mount Morris, Oregon/Nashua, Pine Creek, Pine Rock, Rockvale, Scott, Taylor, White Rock, Woosung
By 2000, 65% of the county labor force
was employed as white collars
with an increase of 20 points in comparaison with 1990 statistics. Manufacturing
remains the leading employment sector absorbing more than 21.7% of the labor force though there was a decrease from 30,4% in 1995. However it is expected that services would replace manufacturing starting 2015 as the leading activity.
Agriculture remains an important sector of the county. The main products are corn and soybeans. In 2003, according to the
Illinois Department of Agriculture, Ogle County was ranked 17th in the State for crop cash receipts, and 14th in
the state for livestock cash receipts. As for livestock production, hogs and pigs are still leading even though productions decreased from 57,000 units in 1998 to 48,900 in 2002.
The county also got some investment packages such as the building a $180 million truck-to-train cargo hub. In August 2006, it was announced that a new ethanol production facility would receive a package of $5.5 million Opportunity Returns grant from the State.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 51,032 people, 19,278 households, and 14,169 families residing in the county. The population density
was 67 people per square mile (26/km²). There were 20,420 housing units at an average density of 27 per square mile (10/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.35% White
, 0.44% Black
or African American
, 0.24% Native American
, 0.42% Asian
, 0.04% Pacific Islander
, 2.45% from other races
, and 1.06% from two or more races. 6.01% of the population were Hispanic
of any race. 34.1% were of German
, 10.3% Irish
, 9.7% American
, 7.9% English
and 5.1% Swedish
ancestry according to Census 2000
There were 19,278 households out of which 35.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.30% were married couples living together, 8.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.50% were non-families. 22.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.07.
In the county the population was spread out with 27.50% under the age of 18, 7.20% from 18 to 24, 28.80% from 25 to 44, 23.10% from 45 to 64, and 13.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 98.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.00 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $45,448, and the median income for a family was $53,028. Males had a median income of $39,862 versus $23,854 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,515. About 5.30% of families and 7.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.40% of those under age 18 and 5.30% of those age 65 or over.
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