Ripley County, Indiana

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Ripley County, Indiana
Ripley County Courthouse in Versailles.jpg
Ripley County Courthouse in Versailles
Map of Indiana highlighting Ripley County
Location in the state of Indiana
Map of the United States highlighting Indiana
Indiana's location in the U.S.
Founded 1818
Named for Eleazer Wheelock Ripley
Seat Versailles
Largest city Batesville
Area
 • Total 448.06 sq mi (1,160 km2)
 • Land 446.43 sq mi (1,156 km2)
 • Water 1.64 sq mi (4 km2), 0.37%
Population
 • (2010) 28,818
 • Density 65/sq mi (24.93/km²)
Congressional district 6th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.ripleycounty.com
Footnotes: Indiana county number 69

Ripley County (County Number 69) is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of 2010, the population was 28,818.[1] The county seat is Versailles.[2]

History[edit]

Ripley County was formed in 1816. It was named for Gen. Eleazer Wheelock Ripley, an officer in the War of 1812, who was mainly remembered for the Battle of Lundy's Lane and the Siege of Fort Erie, in 1814.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 448.06 square miles (1,160.5 km2), of which 446.43 square miles (1,156.2 km2) (or 99.64%) is land and 1.64 square miles (4.2 km2) (or 0.37%) is water.[4]

Cities and towns[edit]

Unincorporated towns[edit]

Townships[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Climate and weather[edit]

Versailles, Indiana
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Source: The Weather Channel[5]

In recent years, average temperatures in Versailles have ranged from a low of 18 °F (−8 °C) in January to a high of 84 °F (29 °C) in July, although a record low of −28 °F (−33 °C) was recorded in January 1994 and a record high of 100 °F (38 °C) was recorded in July 1999. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 2.71 inches (69 mm) in February to 5.27 inches (134 mm) in May.[5]

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.[6][7]

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.[6][7]

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.[7]

Ripley County is part of Indiana's 6th congressional district and is represented in Congress by Republican Luke Messer.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 1,822
1830 3,989 118.9%
1840 10,392 160.5%
1850 14,820 42.6%
1860 19,054 28.6%
1870 20,977 10.1%
1880 21,627 3.1%
1890 19,350 −10.5%
1900 19,881 2.7%
1910 19,452 −2.2%
1920 18,694 −3.9%
1930 18,078 −3.3%
1940 18,898 4.5%
1950 18,763 −0.7%
1960 20,641 10.0%
1970 21,138 2.4%
1980 24,398 15.4%
1990 24,616 0.9%
2000 26,523 7.7%
2010 28,818 8.7%
Est. 2012 28,583 −0.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
2012 Estimate[9]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 26,523 people, 9,842 households, and 7,273 families residing in the county. The population density was 59 people per square mile (23/km²). There were 10,482 housing units at an average density of 24 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.30% White, 0.05% Black or African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.54% from other races, and 0.41% from two or more races. 0.93% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 46.6% were of German, 19.5% American, 9.5% Irish and 8.2% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 9,842 households out of which 36.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.30% were married couples living together, 8.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.10% were non-families. 22.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the county the population was spread out with 28.10% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 28.90% from 25 to 44, 22.00% from 45 to 64, and 13.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 96.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $41,426, and the median income for a family was $47,019. Males had a median income of $34,055 versus $23,610 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,559. About 6.30% of families and 7.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.00% of those under age 18 and 8.70% of those age 65 or over.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ripley County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-09-25. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ De Witt Clinton Goodrich & Charles Richard Tuttle (1875). An Illustrated History of the State of Indiana. Indiana: R. S. Peale & co. p. 572. 
  4. ^ "Census 2010 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  5. ^ a b "Monthly Averages for Versailles, Indiana". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  6. ^ a b Indiana Code. "Title 36, Article 2, Section 3". IN.gov. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  7. ^ a b c Indiana Code. "Title 2, Article 10, Section 2". IN.gov. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  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. 

Coordinates: 39°06′N 85°16′W / 39.10°N 85.26°W / 39.10; -85.26