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Tazewell County is a county located
in the state of Illinois. According to the 2010 census, it had a
population of 135,394. Tazewell County was created
on January 31, 1827. The county seat
and largest city is Pekin. The county is named for
Littleton Waller Tazewell (1774-1860), United States Senator from (and
later governor of) Virginia.
Tazewell County is part of the Peoria, IL Metropolitan Statistical Area. The majority of the population live along the western border of the county.
The county is named for Littleton W. Tazewell, United States Senator from Virginia.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Tazewell County was created on January 31, 1827 (Laws, 1827, p. 113) and was formed from unorganized land (Peoria
County ) and Fayette County. Present area, or parts of it, formerly included in: Peoria County (1825-1827), Sangamon
County (1821-1825), Bond County (1817-1821), Madison County (1812-1821), St. Clair County (1790-1812) and Knox,
Northwest Territory (1790-1801).
The County was named for Littleton Waller Tazewell, an eminent lawyer, Governor, Representative in Congress, and United States Senator from Virginia. The County Seat is Pekin . Prior County Seats was Mackinaw (1827-1831), Pekin (1831-1836), Tremont (1836-1849) and Pekin (1850-Present).
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 658 square miles (1,704 km2), of which, 649 square miles (1,681 km2) of it is land and 9 square miles (23 km2) of it (1.37%) is water.
Tazewell county is located close to the center of Illinois. Spring
Lake Fish and Wildlife Area is located in this county.
Bordering counties are as follows: