Demographics - Alexander


About the Publisher

This demographic profile was developed as part of the Connect SI Initiative, a collaborative, regional economic strategy for connecting the southernmost 20 counties in Illinois. The Connect SI region is composed of Alexander, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, Union, Wabash, Wayne, White, and Williamson counties. These counties encompass Local Workforce Investment Areas (LWIA) 25, 26 and a portion of 24.This PDF demographic profile is reprinted here with the permission of Connect SI.

This profile provides current information that reflects the characteristics of population, labor force, taxes, income, housing, utilities, education, quality of life, and transportation in Alexander County, Illinois. Our intent is to provide investors, entrepreneurs, and government or business administrators with information useful for making decisions or policies on business attraction, retention, and expansion.The information provided is also helpful to the individuals who currently live and work (or plan to live and work) in the local areas to learn more about the county.

Alexander County, Illinois

Alexander County is one of 102 counties in the State of Illinois. This county is seated in the City of Cairo. In 2000, the total population of Alexander County was 9,590, with a median age of 38.0. According to U.S Census 2000, 99.1% of its population was reported as only one race, including 63.0% of these self-reported as White and 34.9% self-reported as African Americans. In 2007, the Per Capita Personal Income (PCPI) of Alexander County was $21,881, ranked 101st in the state. This PCPI was 53% of the state average, $41,042, and 57% of the national average, $38,165.Average household size and average family size were 2.36 persons and 2.99 persons respectively in 2000.

Alexander County is located in southernmost Illinois, approximately 170 miles southeast of St. Louis, Missouri and 374 miles south of Chicago. The county has a total area of 252.54 square miles, of which 236.38 square miles are land and 16.16 square miles are water.

The major cities and villages in Alexander County include Cairo, East Cape Girardeau, Tamms and Thebes.