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There are one hundred and two counties in Illinois. St. Clair County was the first county established in what is today Illinois. Most counties in Illinois were named after early American leaders, especially of the American Revolutionary War, as well as soldiers from the Battle of Tippecanoe and the War of 1812.

Scott County, Illinois

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Scott County is a county located in the state of Illinois. According to the 2010 census, it had a population of 5,355, making it the fourth-least populous county in Illinois. Scott County was created on February 16, 1839. The county seat is Winchester. The county is named for Scott County, Kentucky, itself named after Charles Scott.

Scott County is part of the Jacksonville, IL Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Springfield-Jacksonville-Lincoln, IL Combined Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Scott County Name

The county is named for Scott County, Kentucky, itself named after Charles Scott.


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Scott County History

Scott County was created on February 16, 1839 (Laws, 1839, p. 126) and was formed from Fayette County. Present area, or parts of it, formerly included in: Morgan County (1823-1839), Greene County (1821-1823), Madison County (1812-1821) and St. Clair County (1790-1812).

The County was named for Scott County in Kentucky through the influence of emigrants from that county. The County Seat is Winchester (1839-Present).

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 253 square miles (655 km2), of which, 251 square miles (650 km2) of it is land and 2 square miles (5 km2) of it (0.73%) is water.

Scott county is located in west Illinois.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Morgan County
  • South: Greene County
  • West: Pike County


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