Huntington County, Indiana

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Huntington County
Huntington County Courthouse in Huntington
Huntington County Courthouse in Huntington
Map of Indiana highlighting Huntington 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°50′N 85°29′W / 40.83°N 85.49°W / 40.83; -85.49
Country United States
State Indiana
Founded2 February 1832 (authorized)
5 May 1834 (organized)
Named forSamuel Huntington
SeatHuntington
Largest cityHuntington
Area
 • Total387.72 sq mi (1,004.2 km2)
 • Land382.65 sq mi (991.1 km2)
 • Water5.07 sq mi (13.1 km2)  1.31%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total36,662
 • Density95.8/sq mi (37.0/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district3rd
Websitewww.huntington.in.us/county/
Indiana county number 35

Huntington County is a county in the U.S. state of Indiana. According to the 2020 United States Census, the population was 36,662.[1] The county seat (and only city) is Huntington.[2]

Huntington County comprises the Huntington, IN Micropolitan Statistical Area and is included in the Fort Wayne–Huntington–Auburn Combined Statistical Area

History[edit]

The city of Huntington from the southwest

Huntington County was organized from previously unorganized Indiana territory and lands gained by the Adams New Purchase of 1818. The county's creation was authorized by act of the Indiana State legislature dated 2 February 1832. Organization of the county's governing structure began on 5 May 1834.[3] The county was named for Samuel Huntington, who signed the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation.[4] He was also President of the Continental Congress under the Articles of Confederation.

Geography[edit]

The terrain of Huntington County consists of low rolling hills, completely devoted to agriculture or urban development. The Wabash River flows to the west through the upper central part of the county, while the Salamonie River flows to the west through the lower part.[5] Its highest point (about 925'/282 meters ASL) is at the SW corner.[6] According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 387.72 square miles (1,004.2 km2), of which 382.65 square miles (991.1 km2) (or 98.69%) is land and 5.07 square miles (13.1 km2) (or 1.31%) is water.[7]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Highways[edit]

City and towns[edit]

Townships[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Protected areas[edit]

  • JE Roush Fish and Wildlife Area[5]
  • Lost Bridge State Recreation Area[5]

Notable people[edit]

Public Servants[edit]

Celebrities[edit]

  • Chris Schenkel (1923–2005), sportscaster
  • Archbishop John F. Noll (1875–1956), founded Catholic newspaper 'Our Sunday Visitor'. Founded Victory Noll and St. Felix Monastery.
  • Sandy Thomson, Chief Weather Specialist, WANE-TV Fort Wayne

Artists[edit]

  • Mick Mars, guitarist for Mötley Crüe.
  • Eiffel G. Plasterer (fl. 1950s), pioneer in soap bubble art

Athletes[edit]

  • Gary Dilley, Tokyo Olympics swimmer
  • George Haines, Olympic Women's Swim coach
  • Glen S. Hummer, Tokyo Olympics Men's Swim coach
  • W.L. Seibold, national horseshoe champion
  • Mark Seibold, World horseshoe champion (1966, 1969, 1979, 1986)
  • Ned Steele, 1938 national Ping Pong champion.[8]
  • Steve Platt, basketball player and former coach at Huntington University. Indiana's all-time collegiate scoring leader (3,700 points), placing him seventh on the list of all-time collegiate scorers at any level. Led the nation in scoring (1973, 1974).
  • Lisa Winter, basketball player at Ball State University and Valparaiso University. Indiana's Miss Basketball 1996.
  • Matt Pike, football player at Purdue University and in the Arena Football League, 1999–Present. Won AF2 Title with Peoria in 2002.
  • Chris Kramer, professional basketball player. Kramer played college basketball at Purdue University where he was two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.

Points of interest[edit]

Education[edit]

School district[edit]

Private schools[edit]

Higher education[edit]

News and Media[edit]

Newspapers[edit]

Radio[edit]

Climate and weather[edit]

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In recent years, average temperatures in Huntington have ranged from a low of 16 °F (−9 °C) in January to a high of 87 °F (31 °C) in July, although a record low of −28 °F (−33 °C) was recorded in January 1982 and a record high of 105 °F (41 °C) was recorded in June 1988. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.82 inches (46 mm) in February to 4.37 inches (111 mm) in June.[9]

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 fiscal branch of the county government; controls spending and revenue collection in the county. Representatives, elected to four-year terms from county districts, are responsible for setting salaries, the annual budget, and special spending. The council 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.[10][11]

Board of Commissioners: The executive and legislative body of the county. The commissioners are elected county-wide to staggered four-year terms. One commissioner serves as president. The commissioners are charged with collecting revenue and managing the county government.[10][11]

Court: The county maintains a small claims court that handles 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.[11]

County Officials: The county has other elected offices, including sheriff, coroner, auditor, treasurer, recorder, surveyor, and circuit court clerk. These officers are elected to four-year terms. Members elected to county government positions are required to declare party affiliations and to be residents of the county.[11]

Huntington County is part of Indiana's 3rd congressional district; Indiana Senate districts 17 and 19;[12] and Indiana House of Representatives district 50.[13]

Presidential Election Analysis: Huntington County has been strongly Republican; Lyndon B. Johnson was the last Democratic Party candidate to carry the county (1964).

United States presidential election results for Huntington County, Indiana[14]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 13,147 73.57% 4,255 23.81% 468 2.62%
2016 11,649 71.99% 3,506 21.67% 1,026 6.34%
2012 10,862 68.76% 4,596 29.09% 339 2.15%
2008 10,291 62.91% 5,843 35.72% 223 1.36%
2004 11,617 74.34% 3,877 24.81% 133 0.85%
2000 10,113 69.17% 4,119 28.17% 388 2.65%
1996 8,275 58.79% 4,287 30.46% 1,513 10.75%
1992 9,093 56.79% 3,855 24.07% 3,065 19.14%
1988 11,675 74.87% 3,873 24.84% 46 0.29%
1984 10,805 69.77% 4,598 29.69% 84 0.54%
1980 9,497 59.59% 5,415 33.98% 1,025 6.43%
1976 9,182 57.78% 6,515 41.00% 193 1.21%
1972 10,858 68.48% 4,908 30.96% 89 0.56%
1968 9,002 54.48% 6,238 37.75% 1,283 7.76%
1964 7,438 44.16% 9,308 55.26% 98 0.58%
1960 10,658 59.44% 7,163 39.95% 109 0.61%
1956 11,024 64.15% 6,027 35.07% 133 0.77%
1952 10,508 61.98% 6,114 36.06% 331 1.95%
1948 8,178 52.01% 7,202 45.81% 343 2.18%
1944 8,668 57.15% 6,128 40.41% 370 2.44%
1940 9,110 55.22% 7,220 43.77% 167 1.01%
1936 7,024 44.75% 8,361 53.26% 312 1.99%
1932 6,791 42.92% 8,697 54.97% 333 2.10%
1928 8,323 58.88% 5,678 40.17% 135 0.96%
1924 7,437 51.42% 5,506 38.07% 1,519 10.50%
1920 8,100 53.67% 6,506 43.11% 487 3.23%
1916 3,761 45.73% 3,833 46.60% 631 7.67%
1912 2,108 28.20% 3,119 41.72% 2,249 30.08%
1908 3,973 47.62% 3,712 44.49% 659 7.90%
1904 4,385 52.52% 3,290 39.41% 674 8.07%
1900 4,122 50.96% 3,691 45.64% 275 3.40%
1896 4,117 51.31% 3,750 46.73% 157 1.96%
1892 3,384 46.66% 3,460 47.70% 409 5.64%
1888 3,559 49.23% 3,481 48.15% 189 2.61%


Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18401,579
18507,850397.2%
186014,86789.4%
187019,03628.0%
188021,80514.5%
189027,64426.8%
190028,9014.5%
191028,9820.3%
192031,6719.3%
193029,073−8.2%
194029,9313.0%
195031,4004.9%
196033,8147.7%
197034,9703.4%
198035,5961.8%
199035,427−0.5%
200038,0757.5%
201037,124−2.5%
202036,662−1.2%
US Decennial Census[15]
1790–1960[16] 1900–1990[17]
1990–2000[18] 2010–2013[1]

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 37,124 people, 14,218 households, and 10,074 families in the county.[19] The population density was 97.0 inhabitants per square mile (37.5/km2). There were 15,805 housing units at an average density of 41.3 per square mile (15.9/km2).[7] The racial makeup of the county was 97.1% white, 0.4% Asian, 0.4% American Indian, 0.4% black or African American, 0.5% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.7% of the population.[19] In terms of ancestry, 37.9% were German, 14.9% were Irish, 12.9% were American, and 12.1% were English.[20]

Of the 14,218 households, 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.5% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.1% were non-families, and 24.4% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.97. The median age was 39.0 years.[19]

The median income for a household in the county was $47,697 and the median income for a family was $55,630. Males had a median income of $41,648 versus $30,218 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,575. About 7.7% of families and 11.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.6% of those under age 18 and 9.8% of those age 65 or over.[21]

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing State Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 12, 2021.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ History of Huntington County, Indiana: From the Earliest Time to The Present . . Walsworth Publishing Co. January 1887. p. 321.
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 163.
  5. ^ a b c Huntington County IN (Google Maps, accessed 28 July 2020)
  6. ^ Huntington County High Point, Indiana (PeakBagger.com, accessed 28 July 2020)
  7. ^ a b "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  8. ^ Huntington County, Indiana. Turner Publishing Co. April 7, 1993. ISBN 9781563111211. Retrieved April 7, 2018 – via Google Books.
  9. ^ a b "Monthly Averages for Huntington IN". The Weather Channel. Retrieved January 27, 2011.
  10. ^ a b Indiana Code. "Title 36, Article 2, Section 3". IN.gov. Retrieved September 16, 2008.
  11. ^ a b c d Indiana Code. "Title 2, Article 10, Section 2" (PDF). IN.gov. Retrieved September 16, 2008.
  12. ^ "Indiana Senate Districts". State of Indiana. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  13. ^ "Indiana House Districts" (PDF). State of Indiana. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  14. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved November 12, 2020.
  15. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  16. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  17. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  18. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  19. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  20. ^ "Selected Social Characteristics in the US – 2006–2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 14, 2020. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  21. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics – 2006–2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 14, 2020. Retrieved July 10, 2015.

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Coordinates: 40°50′N 85°29′W / 40.83°N 85.49°W / 40.83; -85.49