Huntington County, Indiana
|Huntington County, Indiana|
Location in the state of Indiana
Indiana's location in the U.S.
|Named for||Samuel H. Huntington|
387.72 sq mi (1,004 km²)
382.65 sq mi (991 km²)
5.07 sq mi (13 km²), 1.31%
97/sq mi (37.46/km²)
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Indiana county number 35
According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 387.72 square miles (1,004.2 km2), of which 382.65 square miles (991.1 km2) (or 98.69%) is land and 5.07 square miles (13.1 km2) (or 1.31%) is water.
Adjacent counties 
- Whitley County (north)
- Allen County (northeast)
- Wells County (east)
- Grant County (south)
- Wabash County (west)
Huntington County was formed in 1832. It was named for Samuel Huntington, who signed the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation. He was also President of the Continental Congress under the Articles of Confederation.
Notable natives and former residents 
Public Servants 
- Sam Cook (1860–1946), Served as a US Congressman
- J. Danforth Quayle, Vice-President of the United States, U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative
- J. Edward Roush (1920–2004), U.S. Representative, Father of "911 Emergency System"
- John R. Kissinger (1877–1946), Congressional Medal of Honor and was featured in the movie, Yellow Jack.
- Chris Schenkel, (1923-2005) Emmy Award winning sportscaster
- Denny Jiosa, Grammy nominated jazz guitarist and composer
- Archbishop John F. Noll (1875–1956), founded Our Sunday Visitor, the world's largest Catholic weekly newspaper. Founded Victory Noll and St. Felix Monastery.
- Sandy Thomson, Chief Weather Specialist, WANE-TV Fort Wayne
- Mick Mars, Played guitar with the four man heavy metal rock group Mötley Crüe.
- Eiffel G. Plasterer, in the mid-1900s, toured America with his "Bubbles Concerto" program. He was a pioneer in soap bubble art and invented unique bubble-making techniques and equipment.
Sports Players 
- Gary Dilley, Bronze Medal in swimming at the Olympics held in Tokyo, Japan.
- George Haines, Coached the women's national swim team in the Olympics.
- Glen S. Hummer, legendary YMCA swim coach, coached Olympic team in Tokyo, Japan.
- W.L. Seibold, national horseshoe champion.
- Mark Seibold, 4-time World Horseshoe Pitching Champion 1966, 1969, 1979, 1986
- Ned Steele, national Ping Pong champion in 1938.
- Steve Platt, basketball player and coach at Huntington University. Indiana’s all-time collegiate scoring leader (3,700 points), placing him seventh on the list of all-time collegiate scorers at any level. Platt twice led the nation in scoring in 1973 and 1974.
- Lisa Winter, basketball player at Ball State University and Valparaiso University. Indiana's Miss Basketball 1996.
- Matt Pike, football player at Purdue University and in the Arena Football League, 1999–Present. Won AF2 Title with Peoria in 2002.
Points of interest 
- Huntington County Historical Museum
- Huntington University Arboretum and Botanical Garden
- Huntington University
- J. Edward Roush Lake
- Merillat Centre for the Arts
- Sheets Wildlife Museum and Learning Center
- Sunken Gardens
- The Forks Of The Wabash
- The Indiana Room Genealogy Center
- United States Vice Presidential Museum
- Victory Noll Center
Cities and towns 
- Mount Etna
- Plum Tree
- Monument City, Huntington County, Indiana
- Clear Creek
- Rock Creek
School district 
Private schools 
Higher education 
News and Media 
- The Herald-Press daily newspaper
- The Huntington County TAB
- Warren Weekly
- WBZQ 1300 AM
- Huntington North High School WVSH Viking Radio
- Huntington University Radio WQHC 105.5-FM The Fuse!
Major highways 
- Interstate 69
- U.S. Route 24
- U.S. Route 224
- Indiana State Road 3
- Indiana State Road 5
- Indiana State Road 9
- Indiana State Road 16
- Indiana State Road 105
- Indiana State Road 114
- Indiana State Road 116
- Indiana State Road 124
- Indiana State Road 218
Climate and weather 
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In recent years, average temperatures in Huntington have ranged from a low of 16 °F (−9 °C) in January to a high of 87 °F (31 °C) in July, although a record low of −28 °F (−33 °C) was recorded in January 1982 and a record high of 105 °F (41 °C) was recorded in June 1988. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.82 inches (46 mm) in February to 4.37 inches (111 mm) in June.
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.
As of the census of 2000, there were 38,075 people, 14,242 households, and 10,282 families residing in the county. The population density was 100 people per square mile (38/km²). There were 15,269 housing units at an average density of 40 per square mile (15/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.15% White, 0.18% Black or African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. 0.95% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 39.0% were of German, 21.5% American, 8.4% Irish and 8.1% English ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 14,242 households out of which 34.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.40% were married couples living together, 9.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.80% were non-families. 23.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.04.
In the county the population was spread out with 26.10% under the age of 18, 9.90% from 18 to 24, 28.10% from 25 to 44, 21.80% from 45 to 64, and 14.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 94.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.70 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $41,620, and the median income for a family was $49,031. Males had a median income of $34,894 versus $21,693 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,480. About 3.70% of families and 5.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.20% of those under age 18 and 5.70% of those age 65 or over.
|Sources: United States Department of Commerce,
Bureau of the Census, Population Division
See also 
Further reading 
- History of Huntington County, Indiana. Walsworth Publishing Co. (1887).
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "Huntington County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-09-20.
- "Census 2010 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
- "Monthly Averages for Huntington, 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 2011-07-14.
- "Indiana House Districts". State of Indiana. Retrieved 2011-07-14.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Forstall, Richard L. (editor) (1996). Population of states and counties of the United States: 1790 to 1990 : from the twenty-one decennial censuses. United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Population Division. pp. 50–53. ISBN 0-934213-48-8.
- Huntington County Chamber of Commerce
- Official Web site of Huntington, Indiana
- Huntington County Community Network
- Huntington Herald Press daily newspaper
- Huntington County United Economic Development
||Whitley County||Allen County|
|Wabash County||Wells County|