Clinton County, Indiana

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Clinton County
Clinton County Courthouse in Frankfort, Indiana
Clinton County Courthouse in Frankfort, Indiana
Map of Indiana highlighting Clinton County
Location within the U.S. state of Indiana
Map of the United States highlighting Indiana
Indiana's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 40°18′N 86°29′W / 40.3°N 86.48°W / 40.3; -86.48
Country United States
State Indiana
Founded1830
Named forDeWitt Clinton
SeatFrankfort
Largest cityFrankfort
Area
 • Total405.25 sq mi (1,049.6 km2)
 • Land405.07 sq mi (1,049.1 km2)
 • Water0.18 sq mi (0.5 km2)  0.04%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2018)
32,250
 • Density82.0/sq mi (31.67/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district4th
Websitewww.clintonco.com
Indiana county number 12

Clinton County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of 2010, the population was 33,224.[1] The county seat is Frankfort.[2]

History[edit]

Clinton County officially came into existence on March 1, 1830, and was named in honor of DeWitt Clinton,[3] the sixth Governor of New York State and architect of the Erie Canal, which opened up the Upper Midwest to settlement. The act forming the county was approved by the Indiana General Assembly on January 29, 1830, and created Clinton from the eastern parts of neighboring Tippecanoe County.

Lieutenant General James F. Record was born and raised in Clinton County; Gen Record was awarded 3x Distinguished Service Crosses for his gallantry during the Vietnam War.[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 405.25 square miles (1,049.6 km2), of which 405.07 square miles (1,049.1 km2) (or 99.96%) is land and 0.18 square miles (0.47 km2) (or 0.04%) is water.[5] There is E85 in Clinton County.

Adjacent counties[edit]

Cities and towns[edit]

Unincorporated towns[edit]

Extinct towns[edit]

Townships[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Airport[edit]

Clinton County is served by the Frankfort Municipal Airport.

Railroads[edit]

Climate and weather[edit]

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In recent years, average temperatures in Frankfort have ranged from a low of 16 °F (−9 °C) in January to a high of 84 °F (29 °C) in July, although a record low of −26 °F (−32 °C) was recorded in December 1983 and a record high of 105 °F (41 °C) was recorded in July 1980. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 2.03 inches (52 mm) in February to 4.51 inches (115 mm) in June.[6]

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.[7][8]

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.[7][8]

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.[8]

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 a party affiliation and to be residents of the county.[8]

Clinton County is part of Indiana's 4th congressional district; Indiana Senate districts 7 and 23;[9] and Indiana House of Representatives district 38.[10]

United States presidential election results for Clinton County, Indiana[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 9,334 72.08% 3,361 25.96% 254 1.96%
2016 8,531 71.47% 2,819 23.62% 586 4.91%
2012 6,338 64.13% 3,308 33.47% 237 2.40%
2008 6,919 55.79% 5,307 42.79% 175 1.41%
2004 8,471 71.32% 3,335 28.08% 71 0.60%
2000 7,141 64.97% 3,643 33.15% 207 1.88%
1996 6,156 53.20% 3,949 34.13% 1,466 12.67%
1992 6,141 50.24% 3,490 28.55% 2,593 21.21%
1988 8,570 65.82% 4,412 33.88% 39 0.30%
1984 8,969 67.12% 4,329 32.40% 65 0.49%
1980 8,158 58.43% 5,258 37.66% 546 3.91%
1976 8,199 54.80% 6,662 44.52% 102 0.68%
1972 9,849 69.42% 4,283 30.19% 55 0.39%
1968 7,929 53.91% 5,714 38.85% 1,064 7.23%
1964 7,157 45.93% 8,353 53.61% 72 0.46%
1960 9,620 59.32% 6,533 40.28% 64 0.39%
1956 9,690 60.44% 6,268 39.10% 74 0.46%
1952 10,057 60.14% 6,469 38.68% 198 1.18%
1948 7,762 52.02% 7,001 46.92% 158 1.06%
1944 8,087 55.37% 6,381 43.69% 137 0.94%
1940 8,610 52.36% 7,732 47.02% 102 0.62%
1936 7,265 46.19% 8,340 53.02% 125 0.79%
1932 6,288 42.56% 8,314 56.27% 174 1.18%
1928 7,606 55.89% 5,895 43.31% 109 0.80%
1924 7,469 53.88% 6,070 43.79% 323 2.33%
1920 7,739 52.59% 6,721 45.67% 257 1.75%
1916 3,638 47.76% 3,662 48.07% 318 4.17%
1912 2,182 30.52% 3,255 45.52% 1,713 23.96%
1908 3,626 47.20% 3,680 47.90% 376 4.89%
1904 4,053 53.10% 3,112 40.77% 468 6.13%
1900 3,677 48.78% 3,603 47.80% 258 3.42%
1896 3,607 48.38% 3,747 50.26% 101 1.35%
1892 3,222 47.03% 3,006 43.88% 623 9.09%
1888 3,519 50.50% 3,278 47.04% 171 2.45%


Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18301,423
18407,508427.6%
185011,86958.1%
186014,50522.2%
187017,33019.5%
188023,47235.4%
189027,37016.6%
190028,2023.0%
191026,674−5.4%
192027,7374.0%
193027,329−1.5%
194028,4114.0%
195029,7344.7%
196030,7653.5%
197030,547−0.7%
198031,5453.3%
199030,974−1.8%
200033,8669.3%
201033,224−1.9%
2018 (est.)32,250[12]−2.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[13]
1790-1960[14] 1900-1990[15]
1990-2000[16] 2010-2013[1]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 33,224 people, 12,105 households, and 8,754 families residing in the county.[17] The population density was 82.0 inhabitants per square mile (31.7/km2). There were 13,321 housing units at an average density of 32.9 per square mile (12.7/km2).[5] The racial makeup of the county was 91.0% white, 0.4% black or African American, 0.2% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 6.8% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 13.2% of the population.[17] In terms of ancestry, 22.4% were German, 11.1% were American, 10.3% were Irish, and 9.6% were English.[18]

Of the 12,105 households, 36.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.5% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 27.7% were non-families, and 23.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.13. The median age was 37.5 years.[17]

The median income for a household in the county was $47,697 and the median income for a family was $57,445. Males had a median income of $42,009 versus $29,086 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,131. About 7.5% of families and 11.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.0% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over.[19]

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • History of Clinton County, Indiana: Together with Sketches of Its Cities, Villages and Towns, Educational, Religious, Civil, Military, and Political ... Citizens. Charleston: Nabu Press (2010). ISBN 1-149-98613-1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Clinton County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on August 6, 2011. Retrieved September 17, 2011.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ Claybaugh, Joseph (1913). History of Clinton County, Indiana. Indianapolis: A. W. Bowen & Company. pp. 31.
  4. ^ "Lieutenant General James F. Record".
  5. ^ a b "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Monthly Averages for Frankfort, Indiana". The Weather Channel. Retrieved January 27, 2011.
  7. ^ a b Indiana Code. "Title 36, Article 2, Section 3". IN.gov. Retrieved September 16, 2008.
  8. ^ a b c d Indiana Code. "Title 2, Article 10, Section 2" (PDF). IN.gov. Retrieved September 16, 2008.
  9. ^ "Indiana Senate Districts". State of Indiana. Retrieved January 23, 2011.
  10. ^ "Indiana House Districts". State of Indiana. Retrieved January 23, 2011.
  11. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  12. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  13. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  14. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  15. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  16. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  17. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  18. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 14, 2020. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  19. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 14, 2020. Retrieved July 10, 2015.

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Coordinates: 40°18′N 86°29′W / 40.30°N 86.48°W / 40.30; -86.48