Fayette County, Indiana
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|Fayette County, Indiana|
Fayette County Courthouse in Connersville
Location in the state of Indiana
Indiana's location in the U.S.
|Named for||Marquis de la Fayette|
|• Total||215.16 sq mi (557 km2)|
|• Land||215.01 sq mi (557 km2)|
|• Water||0.15 sq mi (0 km2), 0.07%|
|• Density||113/sq mi (43.61/km²)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
|Footnotes: Indiana county number 21|
According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 215.16 square miles (557.3 km2), of which 215.01 square miles (556.9 km2) (or 99.93%) is land and 0.15 square miles (0.39 km2) (or 0.07%) is water.
Cities and towns
- Henry County (north)
- Wayne County (northeast)
- Union County (east)
- Franklin County (south)
- Rush County (west)
Climate and weather
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In recent years, average temperatures in Connersville have ranged from a low of 15 °F (−9 °C) in January to a high of 83 °F (28 °C) in July, although a record low of −31 °F (−35 °C) was recorded in January 1994 and a record high of 102 °F (39 °C) was recorded in July 1952. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 2.33 inches (59 mm) in February to 4.89 inches (124 mm) in May.
County Council: The county council is the legislative branch of the county government and controls all the spending and revenue collection in the county. Representatives are elected from county districts. The council members serve four-year terms. They are responsible for setting salaries, the annual budget, and special spending. The council also has limited authority to impose local taxes, in the form of an income and property tax that is subject to state level approval, excise taxes, and service taxes.
Board of Commissioners: The executive body of the county is made of a board of commissioners. The commissioners are elected county-wide, in staggered terms, and each serves a four-year term. One of the commissioners, typically the most senior, serves as president. The commissioners are charged with executing the acts legislated by the council, collecting revenue, and managing the day-to-day functions of the county government.
Court: The county maintains a small claims court that can handle some civil cases. The judge on the court is elected to a term of four years and must be a member of the Indiana Bar Association. The judge is assisted by a constable who is also elected to a four-year term. In some cases, court decisions can be appealed to the state level circuit court.
County Officials: The county has several other elected offices, including sheriff, coroner, auditor, treasurer, recorder, surveyor, and circuit court clerk. Each of these elected officers serves a term of four years and oversees a different part of county government. Members elected to county government positions are required to declare party affiliations and to be residents of the county.
2010 Census Data
As of the census of 2010, there were 24,277 people and 9,719 households residing in the county. The population density was 113 people per square mile (44/km²). There were 10,898 housing units at an average density of 51 per square mile (20/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.93% White, 1.37% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 1.00% from two or more races. 0.96% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
2000 Census Data
As of the census of 2000, there were 25,588 people, 10,199 households, and 7,149 families residing in the county. The population density was 119 people per square mile (46/km²). There were 10,981 housing units at an average density of 51 per square mile (20/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.16% White, 1.67% Black or African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. 0.52% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 39.2% were of American, 18.9% German, 10.6% English and 9.7% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 10,199 households out of which 30.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.60% were married couples living together, 10.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.90% were non-families. 25.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.94.
In the county the population was spread out with 24.30% under the age of 18, 8.60% from 18 to 24, 27.10% from 25 to 44, 24.50% from 45 to 64, and 15.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.70 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $38,840, and the median income for a family was $46,111. Males had a median income of $34,493 versus $23,082 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,624. About 6.00% of families and 7.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.40% of those under age 18 and 7.70% of those age 65 or over.
- Howard Garns, born in Connersville in 1905 and known as the inventor of Number Place, which would become later known as Sudoku.
- William Grose, Civil War general and Indiana State Senator grew up here.
- George Washington Steele, First Governor of Oklahoma Territory.
- Robert Wise, president of the Directors Guild of America from 1971 to 1975 and the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1984 through 1987.
- McFarlan Automobile
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Fayette County, Indiana
- Thomas Ranck Round Barn
- Edward E. Moore, Indiana state senator and Los Angeles City Council member
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- "Monthly Averages for Connersville, Indiana". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2011-01-27.
- Indiana Code. "Title 36, Article 2, Section 3". IN.gov. Retrieved 2008-09-16.
- Indiana Code. "Title 2, Article 10, Section 2". IN.gov. Retrieved 2008-09-16.
- "Indiana Senate Districts". State of Indiana. Retrieved 2011-01-23.
- "Indiana House Districts". State of Indiana. Retrieved 2011-01-23.
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- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "George Washington Steele". Ancestry.com. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
||Henry County||Wayne County|
|Rush County||Union County|