Noble County, Indiana

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Noble County, Indiana
Noble County Indiana Courthouse.jpg
Noble County Courthouse in Abion, Indiana
Map of Indiana highlighting Noble County
Location in the state of Indiana
Map of the United States highlighting Indiana
Indiana's location in the U.S.
Founded 1836
Named for Governor Noah Noble
Seat Albion
Largest city Kendallville
 • Total 417.43 sq mi (1,081 km2)
 • Land 410.84 sq mi (1,064 km2)
 • Water 6.59 sq mi (17 km2), 1.58%
 • (2010) 47,536
 • Density 116/sq mi (44.64/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Footnotes: Indiana county number 57

Noble County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of 2010, the population was 47,536.[1] The county seat is Albion.[2] The county is divided into 13 townships which provide local services.[3][4]

Noble County comprises the Kendallville, IN Micropolitan Statistical Area and is included in the Fort Wayne-Huntington-Auburn, IN Combined Statistical Area.


Noble County was formed in 1836. It was named for Governor Noah Noble.[5]


According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 417.43 square miles (1,081.1 km2), of which 410.84 square miles (1,064.1 km2) (or 98.42%) is land and 6.59 square miles (17.1 km2) (or 1.58%) is water.[6] U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Sand Hill (1076 feet/328 metres), the second-highest point in Indiana, is located in Noble County.

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Climate and weather[edit]

Albion, Indiana
Climate chart (explanation)
Average max. and min. temperatures in °F
Precipitation totals in inches
Source: The Weather Channel[7]

In recent years, average temperatures in Albion have ranged from a low of 14 °F (−10 °C) in January to a high of 83 °F (28 °C) in July, although a record low of −24 °F (−31 °C) was recorded in January 1994 and a record high of 103 °F (39 °C) was recorded in June 1988. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.80 inches (46 mm) in February to 4.44 inches (113 mm) in June.[7]


The county government is a constitutional body granted specific powers by the Constitution of Indiana and the Indiana Code. The county council is the legislative branch of the county government and controls all spending and revenue collection. Representatives are elected from county districts. The council members serve four-year terms and 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.[8][9]

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 day-to-day functions of the county government.[8][9]

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 elected to a four-year term. In some cases, court decisions can be appealed to the state level circuit court.[9]

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 be residents of the county.[9]

Each of the townships has a trustee who administers rural fire protection and ambulance service, provides poor relief and manages cemetery care, among other duties.[4] The trustee is assisted in these duties by a three-member township board. The trustees and board members are elected to four-year terms.[10]

Noble County is part of Indiana's 3rd congressional district and in 2008 was represented by Mark Souder in the United States Congress.[11] It is part of Indiana Senate district 13[12] and Indiana House of Representatives districts 52 and 83.[13]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 2,702
1850 7,946 194.1%
1860 14,915 87.7%
1870 20,389 36.7%
1880 22,956 12.6%
1890 23,359 1.8%
1900 23,533 0.7%
1910 24,009 2.0%
1920 22,470 −6.4%
1930 22,404 −0.3%
1940 22,776 1.7%
1950 25,075 10.1%
1960 28,162 12.3%
1970 31,382 11.4%
1980 35,443 12.9%
1990 37,877 6.9%
2000 46,275 22.2%
2010 47,536 2.7%
Est. 2012 47,582 0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[14]
2012 Estimate[15]

As of the census[16] of 2000, there were 46,275 people, 16,696 households, and 12,288 families residing in the county. The population density was 113 people per square mile (43/km²). There were 18,233 housing units at an average density of 44 per square mile (17/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.98% White, 0.41% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 4.04% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. 7.13% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 33.5% were of German, 21.0% American, 8.7% English and 6.5% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 16,696 households out of which 37.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.20% were married couples living together, 9.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.40% were non-families. 21.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.19.

In the county the population was spread out with 29.00% under the age of 18, 9.20% from 18 to 24, 30.00% from 25 to 44, 20.80% from 45 to 64, and 11.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 101.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,700, and the median income for a family was $49,037. Males had a median income of $35,124 versus $24,026 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,896. About 5.60% of families and 7.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.10% of those under age 18 and 6.20% of those age 65 or over.


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See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Noble County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-09-25. 
  2. ^ "Find a County – Newton County, IN". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  3. ^ "Noble". Indiana Township Association. Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  4. ^ a b "Duties". United Township Association of Indiana. Retrieved 2011-01-06. 
  5. ^ De Witt Clinton Goodrich & Charles Richard Tuttle (1875). An Illustrated History of the State of Indiana. Indiana: R. S. Peale & co. p. 568. 
  6. ^ "Census 2010 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  7. ^ a b "Monthly Averages for Albion, Indiana". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  8. ^ a b Indiana Code. "Title 36, Article 2, Section 3". Government of Indiana. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  9. ^ a b c d Indiana Code. "Title 2, Article 10, Section 2" (PDF). Government of Indiana. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  10. ^ "Government". United Township Association of Indiana. Retrieved 2011-01-06. 
  11. ^ "US Congressman Mark Souder". US Congress. Retrieved 2008-10-08. 
  12. ^ "Indiana Senate Districts". State of Indiana. Retrieved 2011-07-14. 
  13. ^ "Indiana House Districts". State of Indiana. Retrieved 2011-07-14. 
  14. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Retrieved July 30, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Retrieved July 30, 2013. 
  16. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

External Links[edit]

Noble County government website

Coordinates: 41°24′N 85°25′W / 41.40°N 85.42°W / 41.40; -85.42