Map of Pope County, Illinois

Pope County is the southeasternmost county in the U.S. state of Illinois. According to the 2020 census, it had a population of 3,763, making it the second-least populous county in Illinois. Its county seat is Golconda. The county was organized in 1816 from portions of Gallatin and Johnson counties and named after Nathaniel Pope, a politician and jurist from the Illinois Territory and State of Illinois.

Pope County overview:
Name:Pope County
FIPS code:17-151
Named for:Nathaniel Pope
Largest city:Golconda
Total Area:374 sq mi (970 km²)
Land Area:369 sq mi (960 km²)
Total Population:3,763
Population Density:10/sq mi (4/km²)
Time zone:UTC−6 (Central)
Summer Time Zone (DST):UTC−5 (CDT)

Pope County location map. Where is Pope County?

Pope County location on the U.S. Map. Where is Pope County.
Location of Pope County in the the United States.
Pope County location on the Illinois map. Where is Pope County.
Location of Pope County in Illinois.


The first permanent settlement in future Pope County was established in 1798 at the modern-day site of Golconda, then a part of the Northwest Territory which operated as a ferry point across the Ohio River. The county was formed in 1816 from portions of Gallatin and Johnson Counties.

Pope County Road Map

Pope CountyStreet Map.
Street map of Pope County, Illinois. Source: OpenStreetMap (OSM)
Pope CountyMap
Pope Countypolitical map.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 374 square miles (970 km), of which 369 square miles (960 km) is land and 5.5 square miles (14 km) (1.5%) is water.

The entire county is hilly and during rainy weather rivulets cascade down the hills in the park forming waterfalls of varying sizes and heights. The county contains Dixon Springs State Park, one of many state parks in the Illinois Shawnee Hills, and is part of the Shawnee National Forest. It is bordered to the south and east by the Ohio River, which marks the state’s border with Kentucky.

Climate and weather

In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Golconda have ranged from a low of 21 °F (−6 °C) in January to a high of 87 °F (31 °C) in July, although a record low of −22 °F (−30 °C) was recorded in January 1994 and a record high of 104 °F (40 °C) was recorded in August 2007. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 3.22 inches (82 mm) in October to 5.02 inches (128 mm) in May.

Major highways

  • Illinois Route 34
  • Illinois Route 145
  • Illinois Route 146
  • Illinois Route 147

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Shawnee National Forest (part)

Pope County Topographic Map

Topographic Map of Pope County, Illinois
Pope County Topo map.

Pope County Satellite Map

Satellite Map of Pope County, Illinois
Pope County satellite map.

Pope County Outline Map

Outline Map of Pope County, Illinois
Pope County outline map.

See also

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