Pulaski County, Indiana

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Pulaski County, Indiana
Pulaski County Courthouse Winimac Indiana P1300092.jpg
Pulaski County Courthouse
Map of Indiana highlighting Pulaski County
Location in the state of Indiana
Map of the United States highlighting Indiana
Indiana's location in the U.S.
Founded 1839
Seat Winamac
Largest town Winamac
Area
 • Total 434.53 sq mi (1,125 km2)
 • Land 433.65 sq mi (1,123 km2)
 • Water 0.88 sq mi (2 km2), 0.20%
Population
 • (2010) 13,402
 • Density 31/sq mi (11.93/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.pulaskionline.org
Footnotes: Indiana county number 66

Pulaski County (/pʊˈlæsk/ puu-LASK-eye) is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. According to the 2010 U.S. census, the population was 13,402.[1] The county seat is Winamac.[2]

History[edit]

Pulaski County was formed in 1839.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 434.53 square miles (1,125.4 km2), of which 433.65 square miles (1,123.1 km2) (or 99.80%) is land and 0.88 square miles (2.3 km2) (or 0.20%) is water.[3]

Cities and towns[edit]

Townships[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Railroads[edit]

Climate and weather[edit]

Winamac, Indiana
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Source: The Weather Channel[4]

In recent years, average temperatures in Winamac have ranged from a low of 14 °F (−10 °C) in January to a high of 84 °F (29 °C) in July, although a record low of −29 °F (−34 °C) was recorded in January 1985 and a record high of 102 °F (39 °C) was recorded in June 1988. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.68 inches (43 mm) in February to 4.09 inches (104 mm) in June.[4]

Government[edit]

The county government is a constitutional body, and is granted specific powers by the Constitution of Indiana, and by the Indiana Code.

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.[5][6]

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.[5][6]

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.[6]

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.[6]

Pulaski County is part of Indiana's 2nd congressional district and in 2008 was represented by Joe Donnelly in the United States Congress.[7]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 561
1850 2,595 362.6%
1860 5,711 120.1%
1870 7,801 36.6%
1880 9,851 26.3%
1890 11,233 14.0%
1900 14,033 24.9%
1910 13,312 −5.1%
1920 12,385 −7.0%
1930 11,195 −9.6%
1940 12,056 7.7%
1950 12,493 3.6%
1960 12,837 2.8%
1970 12,534 −2.4%
1980 13,258 5.8%
1990 12,643 −4.6%
2000 13,755 8.8%
2010 13,402 −2.6%
Est. 2012 13,124 −2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
2012 Estimate[9]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 13,755 people, 5,170 households, and 3,779 families residing in the county. The population density was 32 people per square mile (12/km²). There were 5,918 housing units at an average density of 14 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.53% White, 0.92% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.35% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. 1.39% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 41.2% were of German, 15.5% American, 10.4% Irish and 7.6% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 5,170 households out of which 33.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.40% were married couples living together, 7.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.90% were non-families. 23.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.90% under the age of 18, 7.40% from 18 to 24, 27.30% from 25 to 44, 23.00% from 45 to 64, and 15.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 101.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,422, and the median income for a family was $41,028. Males had a median income of $30,673 versus $21,246 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,835. About 6.30% of families and 8.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.40% of those under age 18 and 6.90% of those age 65 or over.

On March 11, 2007, Pulaski County switched from Central Standard Time to Eastern Time with daylight saving time, and will henceforth remain in the Eastern time zone.

Education[edit]

Public schools in Pulaski County are administered by the Eastern Pulaski Community School Corporation and the West Central School Corporation.

High Schools

  • Winamac Community High School
  • West Central High School

Middle Schools

  • Winamac Community Middle School
  • West Central Middle School

Elementary Schools

  • Eastern Pulaski Elementary School
  • West Central Elementary School

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pulaski County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-09-25. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Census 2010 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  4. ^ a b "Monthly Averages for Winamac, Indiana". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  5. ^ a b Indiana Code. "Title 36, Article 2, Section 3". IN.gov. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  6. ^ a b c d Indiana Code. "Title 2, Article 10, Section 2". IN.gov. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  7. ^ "US Congressman Joe Donnelly". US Congress. Retrieved 2008-10-08. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved July 31, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved July 31, 2013. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 41°02′N 86°41′W / 41.04°N 86.69°W / 41.04; -86.69