Kosciusko County, Indiana

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Kosciusko County, Indiana
Kosciusko County Courthouse from southeast near sunset.jpg
Kosciusko County Courthouse in Warsaw, Indiana
Map of Indiana highlighting Kosciusko County
Location in the state of Indiana
Map of the United States highlighting Indiana
Indiana's location in the U.S.
Founded 1836
Named for Tadeusz Kościuszko
Seat Warsaw
Largest city Warsaw
Area
 • Total 554.39 sq mi (1,436 km2)
 • Land 531.38 sq mi (1,376 km2)
 • Water 23.01 sq mi (60 km2), 4.15%
Population
 • (2010) 77,358
 • Density 144/sq mi (55.57/km²)
Congressional districts 2nd, 3rd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.kcgov.com
Footnotes: Indiana county number 43

Kosciusko County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. Census 2010 recorded the population at 77,358.[1] The county seat is Warsaw.[2]

The county was formed in 1836. It was named after the Polish general Tadeusz Kościuszko who served in the American Revolutionary War and then returned to Poland.[3] The county seat is named after Warsaw, the capital of Poland.[4]

Geographical features[edit]

According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 554.39 square miles (1,435.9 km2), of which 531.38 square miles (1,376.3 km2) (or 95.85%) is land and 23.01 square miles (59.6 km2) (or 4.15%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Newspapers[edit]

Times-Union
Mail-Journal
The PAPER
Ink Free News

Major highways[edit]

Cities and towns[edit]

Southern Kosciusko County is dotted with small lakes like Beaver Dam Lake (foreground) near Silver Lake.

Townships[edit]

Climate and weather[edit]

Warsaw, Indiana
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Source: The Weather Channel[6]

In recent years, average temperatures in Warsaw have ranged from a low of 15 °F (−9 °C) in January to a high of 82 °F (28 °C) in July, although a record low of −25 °F (−32 °C) was recorded in January 1985 and a record high of 103 °F (39 °C) was recorded in July 1976. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.45 inches (37 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 county also maintains a Circuit and Superior Court. The judge on each court is elected to a term of four years and must be a member of the Indiana bar.

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]

Kosciusko County is part of Indiana's 3rd congressional district and in 2008 was represented by Mark Souder in the United States Congress.[9] It is also part of Indiana Senate districts 9, 13, 17 and 18[10] and Indiana House of Representatives districts 18, 22 and 23.[11]

Elected Officials[edit]

  • C. Aaron Rovenstine - Sheriff
  • Daniel Hampton - Prosecutor
  • Susan Engelberth - Assessor
  • Michelle Puckett - Auditor
  • Ann Torpy - Clerk
  • Joetta Mitchell - County Recorder
  • Sue Ann Mitchell - Treasurer
  • Ronald Truex - Middle District Commissioner
  • Robert M. Conley - Southern District Commissioner
  • Bradford Jackson, President - Northern District Commissioner
  • Michael Wilson, Certified Death Investigator, Coroner

Education[edit]

School districts[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 4,170
1850 10,243 145.6%
1860 17,418 70.0%
1870 23,531 35.1%
1880 26,494 12.6%
1890 28,645 8.1%
1900 29,109 1.6%
1910 27,936 −4.0%
1920 27,120 −2.9%
1930 27,488 1.4%
1940 29,561 7.5%
1950 33,002 11.6%
1960 40,373 22.3%
1970 48,127 19.2%
1980 59,555 23.7%
1990 65,294 9.6%
2000 74,057 13.4%
2010 77,358 4.5%
Est. 2014 78,564 1.6%
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 77,358 people, 29,197 households, and 20,740 families residing in the county.[16] The population density was 145.6 inhabitants per square mile (56.2/km2). There were 37,038 housing units at an average density of 69.7 per square mile (26.9/km2).[5] The racial makeup of the county was 93.3% white, 0.8% Asian, 0.7% black or African American, 0.3% American Indian, 3.4% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 7.3% of the population.[16] In terms of ancestry, 33.5% were German, 11.5% were Irish, 10.8% were English, and 8.2% were American.[17]

Of the 29,197 households, 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.6% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.0% were non-families, and 23.9% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.07. The median age was 37.7 years.[16]

The median income for a household in the county was $47,697 and the median income for a family was $56,305. Males had a median income of $44,358 versus $29,320 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,019. About 7.0% of families and 10.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.5% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.[18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kosciusko County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-09-25. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Government Printing Office. p. 177. 
  4. ^ De Witt Clinton Goodrich & Charles Richard Tuttle (1875). An Illustrated History of the State of Indiana. Indiana: R. S. Peale & co. p. 563. 
  5. ^ a b "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-07-10. 
  6. ^ a b "Monthly Averages for Warsaw, Indiana". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  7. ^ a b Indiana Code. "Title 36, Article 2, Section 3". IN.gov. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  8. ^ a b c Indiana Code. "Title 2, Article 10, Section 2" (PDF). IN.gov. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  9. ^ "US Congressman Mark Souder". US Congress. Retrieved 2008-10-08. 
  10. ^ "Indiana Senate Districts". State of Indiana. Retrieved 2011-07-14. 
  11. ^ "Indiana House Districts". State of Indiana. Retrieved 2011-07-14. 
  12. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. 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: 41°14′N 85°52′W / 41.24°N 85.86°W / 41.24; -85.86