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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.

Livingston County, Illinois

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Livingston County is a county located in the state of Illinois. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 38,950. Livingston County was created on February 27, 1837. The county seat is Pontiac. The county is named for Edward Livingston (1764-1836), prominent jurist, Congressman from New York and Louisiana, and United States Secretary of State from 1831 to 1833.

Livingston County comprises the Pontiac, IL Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Bloomington-Pontiac, IL Combined Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Livingston County Name

 The county is named or Edward Livingston, United States Secretary of State under President Andrew Jackson.


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Livingston County History

Livingston County was created on February 27, 1837 (Laws, 1837, p. 33) and was formed from unorganized land, La Salle and McLean Counties. Present area, or parts of it, formerly included in: LaSalle County (1831-1837), McLean County (1831-1837), Vermilion County (1826-1837), Tazewell County (1827-1831), Fayette County (1821-1827), Edgar County (1823-1826), Clark County (1819-1823), Crawford County (1816-1819), Edwards County (1815-1816), Madison County (1812-1815), St. Clair County (1801-1812) and Knox, Northwest Territory (1790-1801).

The County was named for Edward Livingston, a lawyer and statesman, Mayor of the City of New York, Representative in Congress from New York and later from Louisiana, United States Senator from Louisiana, Secretary of State under Jackson, and United States Minister to France. The County Seat is Pontiac (1837-Present).

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,045 square miles (2,708 km2), of which, 1,044 square miles (2,703 km2) of it is land and 2 square miles (4 km2) of it (0.16%) is water.

Livingston county is located close to the center of Illinois.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • North: Grundy County
  • Northeast: Kankakee County
  • Southeast: Ford County
  • Southwest: McLean County
  • West: Woodford County
  • Northwest: La Salle County


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