Huntington County, Indiana

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Huntington County, Indiana
Huntington County Courthouse in Huntington from the southeast.jpg
Huntington County Courthouse in Huntington
Map of Indiana highlighting Huntington County
Location in the U.S. state of Indiana
Map of the United States highlighting Indiana
Indiana's location in the U.S.
Founded 1832
Named for Samuel H. Huntington
Seat Huntington
Largest city Huntington
 • Total 387.72 sq mi (1,004 km2)
 • Land 382.65 sq mi (991 km2)
 • Water 5.07 sq mi (13 km2), 1.31%
 • (2010) 37,124
 • Density 97/sq mi (37.46/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Footnotes: Indiana county number 35

Huntington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. According to Census 2010, the population was 37,124.[1] The county seat and lone 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


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.[3]

The city of Huntington from the southwest.

Adjacent counties[edit]


Huntington County was formed in 1832. It 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.

Notable natives and former residents[edit]

Public Servants[edit]

  • Sam Cook (1860–1946), Served as a US Congressman
  • J. Danforth Quayle, Vice-President of the United States, U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative
  • J. Edward Roush (1920–2004), U.S. Representative, Father of "911 Emergency System"
  • John R. Kissinger (1877–1946), Congressional Medal of Honor and was featured in the movie, Yellow Jack.


  • Chris Schenkel, (1923–2005) Emmy Award winning sportscaster
  • Denny Jiosa, Grammy nominated jazz guitarist and composer
  • Archbishop John F. Noll (1875–1956), founded Our Sunday Visitor, the world's largest Catholic weekly newspaper. Founded Victory Noll and St. Felix Monastery.
  • Sandy Thomson, Chief Weather Specialist, WANE-TV Fort Wayne


  • Mick Mars, Played guitar with the four man heavy metal rock group Mötley Crüe.
  • Eiffel G. Plasterer, in the mid-1900s, toured America with his "Bubbles Concerto" program. He was a pioneer in soap bubble art and invented unique bubble-making techniques and equipment.


Points of interest[edit]

Cities and towns[edit]


Unincorporated communities[edit]


School district[edit]

Private schools[edit]

Higher education[edit]

News and Media[edit]




Major highways[edit]

Climate and weather[edit]

Huntington, Indiana
Climate chart (explanation)
Average max. and min. temperatures in °F
Precipitation totals in inches
Source: The Weather Channel[6]

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.[6]


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 fiscal 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 and legislative 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 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 party affiliations and to be residents of the county.[8]

Huntington County is part of Indiana's 5th congressional district; Indiana Senate district 17;[9] and Indiana House of Representatives district 50.[10]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 1,579
1850 7,850 397.2%
1860 14,867 89.4%
1870 19,036 28.0%
1880 21,805 14.5%
1890 27,644 26.8%
1900 28,901 4.5%
1910 28,982 0.3%
1920 31,671 9.3%
1930 29,073 −8.2%
1940 29,931 3.0%
1950 31,400 4.9%
1960 33,814 7.7%
1970 34,970 3.4%
1980 35,596 1.8%
1990 35,427 −0.5%
2000 38,075 7.5%
2010 37,124 −2.5%
Est. 2015 36,630 [11] −1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[12]
1790–1960[13] 1900–1990[14]
1990–2000[15] 2010–2013[1]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 37,124 people, 14,218 households, and 10,074 families residing in the county.[16] 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).[3] 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.[16] In terms of ancestry, 37.9% were German, 14.9% were Irish, 12.9% were American, and 12.1% were English.[17]

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.[16]

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.[18]

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Huntington County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ a b "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-07-10. 
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 163. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ a b "Monthly Averages for Huntington, Indiana". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  7. ^ a b Indiana Code. "Title 36, Article 2, Section 3". Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  8. ^ a b c d Indiana Code. "Title 2, Article 10, Section 2" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  9. ^ "Indiana Senate Districts". State of Indiana. Retrieved 2011-07-14. 
  10. ^ "Indiana House Districts". State of Indiana. Retrieved 2011-07-14. 
  11. ^ "County Totals Dataset: Population, Population Change and Estimated Components of Population Change: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Archived from the original on July 8, 2016. Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  12. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  16. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-07-10. 
  17. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006–2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-07-10. 
  18. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006–2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-07-10. 

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