Noble County, Indiana
|Founded||7 February 1835 (authorized)|
|Named for||Governor Noah Noble|
|• Total||417.43 sq mi (1,081.1 km2)|
|• Land||410.84 sq mi (1,064.1 km2)|
|• Water||6.59 sq mi (17.1 km2) 1.58%%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||115.7/sq mi (44.7/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
|Indiana county number 57|
Noble County is a county in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 47,536. The county seat is Albion. The county is divided into 13 townships which provide local services.
Noble County's government was organized beginning in 1836. The county was named for a family that was influential in Indiana politics at the time, including the Indiana governor at the time (1831-1837) Noah Noble and his brother, James, who served as the state's first senator after it gained statehood.
Noble County's first homesteaders came from New England, known as "Yankees"; people descended from the English Puritans who settled New England in the 1600s. They were part of a wave of New Englanders who migrated west to what was then the Northwest Territory during the early 1800s. This migration was sparked as a result of the completion of the Erie Canal and conclusion of the Black Hawk War. They founded the towns of Kendallville and Albion.
Noble County is in the state's northeast corner. Its low, rolling terrain is dotted with lakes and wetlands, but is otherwise entirely devoted to agriculture or urban development. Its highest point (1,073 feet/327 meters ASL), Sand Hill in Wayne Township, near the county's north line with LaGrange County, is the state's second-highest named point. The Elkhart River flows from the NW part of the county into Elkhart County.
According to the 2010 United States Census, Noble County has a total area of 417.43 square miles (1,081.1 km2), of which 410.84 square miles (1,064.1 km2) (or 98.42%) is land and 6.59 square miles (17.1 km2) (or 1.58%) is water.
- Axel Lake
- Bartley Lake
- Big Lake
- Bixler Lake
- Bristol Lake
- Cree Lake
- Crooked Lake (part)
- Diamond Lake
- Eagle Lake
- Engle Lake
- Gordy Lake
- Grannis Lake
- Jones Lake
- Knapp Lake
- Latta Lake
- Lindsey Lake
- Little Long Lake
- Loon Lake (part)
- Lower Long Lake
- Marl Lake
- Millers Lake
- Moore Lake
- Moss Lake
- Pleasant Lake
- Port Mitchell Lake
- Roudy Lake
- Round Lake
- Schockopee Lake
- Skinner Lake
- Sparta Lake
- Summit Lake
- Sylvan Lake
- Upper Long Lake
- Waldron Lake
- West Lakes
- Wible Lake
- Chain O'Lakes State Park
- Eagle Lake Wetland Conservation Area
- Hammer Wetland Nature Preserve
- Mallard Roost Wetland Conservation Area
- Mendenhall Wetland Conservation Area
- Pioneer Trails Camp
- Rome City Wetland Conservation Area
- West Lakes Conservation Inc Tract
Climate and weather
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In recent years, average temperatures in Albion have ranged from a low of 14 °F (−10 °C) in January to a high of 83 °F (28 °C) in July, although a record low of −24 °F (−31 °C) was recorded in January 1994 and a record high of 103 °F (39 °C) was recorded in June 1988. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.80 inches (46 mm) in February to 4.44 inches (113 mm) in June.
The county government is a constitutional body granted specific powers by the Constitution of Indiana and the Indiana Code. The county council is the legislative branch of the county government, controlling spending and revenue collection. Representatives are elected to four-year terms from county districts. The council members 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.
The executive body of the county is the board of commissioners. The commissioners are elected county-wide to staggered four-year terms. One commissioner serves as president. The commissioners execute the acts legislated by the council, collect revenue and manage the county government.
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 elected to a four-year term. In some cases, court decisions can be appealed to the state level circuit court.
The county has other elected offices, including sheriff, coroner, auditor, treasurer, recorder, surveyor and circuit court clerk. Each officer 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 be residents of the county.
Each township has a trustee who administers rural fire protection and ambulance service, provides poor relief and manages cemetery care, among other duties. The trustee is assisted in these duties by a three-member township board. The trustees and board members are elected to four-year terms.
Noble County is part of Indiana's 3rd congressional district and is represented by Jim Banks in the United States Congress. It is part of Indiana Senate district 13 and Indiana House of Representatives district 82.
|US Decennial Census|
1990-2000 2010-2013 2018
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 47,536 people, 17,355 households, and 12,591 families in the county. The population density was 115.7 inhabitants per square mile (44.7/km2). There were 20,109 housing units at an average density of 48.9 per square mile (18.9/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 92.5% white, 0.4% black or African American, 0.4% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 5.2% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 9.6% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 32.2% claimed German, 11.1% claimed American, 9.8% claimed Irish, and 8.5% claimed English.
Of the 17,355 households, 35.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.2% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 27.5% were non-families, and 22.9% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.16. The median age was 37.1 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $47,697 and the median income for a family was $53,959. Males had a median income of $40,335 versus $29,887 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,783. About 7.6% of families and 11.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.4% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.
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