Hancock County, Indiana
Hancock County courthouse in Greenfield
Location within the U.S. state of Indiana
Indiana's location within the U.S.
|Founded||March 1, 1828|
|Named for||John Hancock|
|• Total||307.02 sq mi (795.2 km2)|
|• Land||306.02 sq mi (792.6 km2)|
|• Water||1.01 sq mi (2.6 km2) 0.33%%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||229/sq mi (88.30/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
|Indiana county number 30|
According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 307.02 square miles (795.2 km2), of which 306.02 square miles (792.6 km2) (or 99.67%) is land and 1.01 square miles (2.6 km2) (or 0.33%) is water.
- Madison County (north)
- Henry County (east)
- Rush County (southeast)
- Shelby County (south)
- Marion County (west)
- Hamilton County (northwest)
Climate and weather
|Climate chart (explanation)|
In recent years, average temperatures in Greenfield have ranged from a low of 17 °F (−8 °C) in January to a high of 85 °F (29 °C) in July, although a record low of −29 °F (−34 °C) was recorded in January 1985 and a record high of 103 °F (39 °C) was recorded in June 1988. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 2.37 inches (60 mm) in February to 4.85 inches (123 mm) in July.
|Hancock County Sheriff's Department|
|Operations jurisdiction||Hancock County, Indiana, Indiana, United States|
|Legal jurisdiction||As per operations jurisdiction|
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.
Hancock County is served by two library systems, the Fortville-Vernon Township Public Library and Hancock County Public Library.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 70,002 people, 26,304 households, and 19,792 families residing in the county. The population density was 228.8 inhabitants per square mile (88.3/km2). There were 28,125 housing units at an average density of 91.9 per square mile (35.5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 95.2% white, 2.1% black or African American, 0.8% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.7% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 26.2% were German, 13.9% were Irish, 11.8% were English, and 11.8% were American.
Of the 26,304 households, 37.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.0% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 24.8% were non-families, and 20.3% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.03. The median age was 39.1 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $47,697 and the median income for a family was $69,734. Males had a median income of $53,565 versus $38,042 for females. The per capita income for the county was $28,017. About 5.9% of families and 7.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.0% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns
- Daily Reporter, daily newspaper covering Hancock County
- Edward E. Moore, Indiana state senator and Los Angeles City Council member
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Hancock County, Indiana
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