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Illinois Counties

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.

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Winnebago County, Illinois

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Winnebago County is a county located in the state of Illinois. According to the 2010 census, it had a population of 295,266  Winnebago County was created on January 16, 1836. The county seat is Rockford. The county is named for the Winnebago Native Americans.

Winnebago County is part of the Rockford, IL Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Winnebago County Name

The county is named for the Winnebago Native Americans.           

Demographics:

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Winnebago County History

Winnebago County was created on January 16, 1836 (Laws, 1836, p. 273) and was formed from unorganized land (La Salle) and JoDaviess County. Present area, or parts of it, formerly included in: Eastern Part: LaSalle County (1831-1836), Putnam County (1825-1831), Fulton County (1823-1825), Pike County (1821-1823), Clark County (1819-1821), Crawford County (1816-1819), Edwards County (1815-1816), Madison County (1812-1815) and St. Clair County (1801-1812); Western Part: JoDaviess County (1827-1836), Putnam County (1825-1827), Fulton County (1823-1825), Pike County (1821-1823), Bond County (1817-1821), Madison County (1812-1817) and St. Clair County (1801-1812).

The County was named for the Winnebago Indian tribe who once occupied that part of northern Illinois. The Indian word Winnebago translates to "fish eater.". The County Seat is Rockford . Prior County Seats was Winnebago- Temporary designation (1836-1839) and Rockford (1839-Present).

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 519 square miles (1,345 km2), of which, 514 square miles (1,331 km2) of it is land and 6 square miles (14 km2) of it (1.07%) is water.

Winnebago county is located in north Illinois. Rock Cut State Park is located in this county.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • North: Rock County, Wis.
  • East: Boone County
  • Southeast: DeKalb County
  • Southwest: Ogle County
  • West: Stephenson County
  • Northwest: Green County, Wis.

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