Ford County is a county in the U.S. state of Illinois. According to the 2010 census, it had a population of 14,081. Its county seat is Paxton. Ford County is part of the Champaign–Urbana, IL Metropolitan Statistical Area.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 486 square miles (1,260 km²), of which 486 square miles (1,260 km²) is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²) (0.1%) is water.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 14,081 people, 5,676 households, and 3,798 families residing in the county. The population density was 29.0 inhabitants per square mile (11.2/km²). There were 6,282 housing units at an average density of 12.9 per square mile (5.0/km²).
The racial makeup of the county was 97.1% white, 0.6% black or African American, 0.3% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.1% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 35.7% were German, 15.5% were Irish, 13.6% were American, and 10.4% were English.
Of the 5,676 households, 30.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.8% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 33.1% were non-families, and 29.2% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.95. The median age was 42.4 years.
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