Pulaski County, Indiana

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Pulaski County, Indiana
Pulaski County Courthouse in Winamac
Pulaski County Courthouse in Winamac
Location in the state of Indiana
Location in the state of Indiana
Indiana's location in the U.S.
Indiana's location in the U.S.
Coordinates: 41°02′N 86°41′W / 41.033°N 86.683°W / 41.033; -86.683Coordinates: 41°02′N 86°41′W / 41.033°N 86.683°W / 41.033; -86.683
Country United States
State Indiana
EstablishedFebruary 7, 1835
Named forCount Casimir Pulaski
County seatWinamac
Largest townWinamac
(population and total area)
Incorporated
Municipalities
Government
 • TypeCounty
 • BodyBoard of Commissioners
 • CommissionerKenneth R. “Kenny” Becker
 • CommissionerJerome C. “Jerry” Locke
 • CommissionerJohn M. “Mike” McClure
Area
 • Total434.53 sq mi (1,125.4 km2)
 • Land433.65 sq mi (1,123.1 km2)
 • Water0.88 sq mi (2.3 km2)
 • Rank25th largest county in Indiana
Elevation
705 ft (215 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total13,402
 • Estimate 
(2018)
12,469
 • Rank84th largest county in Indiana
2,237th largest county in U.S.[1]
 • Density30.9/sq mi (11.9/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP Codes
46366, 46374, 46511, 46939, 46960, 46978, 46985, 46996, 47946, 47957, 47959-60
Area code574
Congressional district2nd
Indiana Senate districts5th and 18th
Indiana House of Representatives districts16th and 20th
FIPS code18-131
GNIS feature ID0446852
U.S. and State RoutesUS 35.svg US 421.svg Indiana 14.svg Indiana 39.svg
Indiana 114.svg Indiana 119.svg Indiana 143.svg
AirportArens Field
WaterwayTippecanoe River
Websitewww.pulaskionline.org
  • Indiana county number 66
Demographics (2010)[2]
Demographic Proportion
White 97.2%
Black 0.7%
Asian 0.2%
Islander 0.0%
Native 0.3%
Other 1.6%
Hispanic
(any race)
2.4%

Pulaski County (/pʊˈlæsk/ pə-ˈlæ-ski[3]) is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. According to the 2010 U.S. census, the population was 13,402.[4] The county seat is Winamac.[5]

History[edit]

Pulaski County was organized in 1835.[6]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 434.53 square miles (1,125.4 km2), of which 433.65 square miles (1,123.1 km2) (or 99.80%) is land and 0.88 square miles (2.3 km2) (or 0.20%) is water.[7]

Major highways[edit]

Railroads[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Municipalities[edit]

Towns[edit]

The municipalities in Pulaski County, and their populations as of the 2010 Census, are:

Census-designated places[edit]

Other unincorporated places[edit]

Townships[edit]

The 12 townships of Pulaski County, with their populations as of the 2010 Census, are:

Education[edit]

Public schools in Pulaski County are administered by four districts:

High Schools

  • Winamac Community High School
  • West Central High School

Middle Schools

  • Winamac Community Middle School
  • West Central Middle School

Elementary Schools

  • Eastern Pulaski Elementary School
  • West Central Elementary School

Hospitals[edit]

  • Pulaski Memorial Hospital, Winamac – 25 beds

Climate and weather[edit]

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In recent years, average temperatures in Winamac have ranged from a low of 14 °F (−10 °C) in January to a high of 84 °F (29 °C) in July, although a record low of −29 °F (−34 °C) was recorded in January 1985 and a record high of 102 °F (39 °C) was recorded in June 1988. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.68 inches (43 mm) in February to 4.09 inches (104 mm) in June.[8]

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 fiscal-legislative branch of the county government and controls all the spending and revenue collection in the county. Four members are elected from county districts, and three are elected at-large. 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.[9][10]

Board of Commissioners: The executive-legislative body of the county is the board of commissioners. The commissioners represent geographic districts, but 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 adopting and executing legislation, collecting revenue, and managing the day-to-day functions of the county government.[9][10]

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. In some cases, court decisions can be appealed to the state level circuit court.[10]

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.[10]

Pulaski County is part of Indiana's 2nd congressional district and in 2016 was represented by Jackie Walorski in the United States Congress.[11]

United States presidential election results for Pulaski County, Indiana[12]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 4,246 73.13% 1,463 25.20% 97 1.67%
2016 3,854 70.60% 1,327 24.31% 278 5.09%
2012 3,366 62.34% 1,899 35.17% 134 2.48%
2008 3,388 56.81% 2,466 41.35% 110 1.84%
2004 3,797 67.63% 1,750 31.17% 67 1.19%
2000 3,497 63.37% 1,919 34.78% 102 1.85%
1996 2,693 49.95% 2,010 37.28% 688 12.76%
1992 2,712 45.84% 1,950 32.96% 1,254 21.20%
1988 3,677 62.14% 2,213 37.40% 27 0.46%
1984 4,167 66.93% 2,008 32.25% 51 0.82%
1980 3,916 62.06% 2,092 33.15% 302 4.79%
1976 3,586 54.21% 2,813 42.52% 216 3.27%
1972 4,243 69.04% 1,863 30.31% 40 0.65%
1968 3,361 54.80% 2,071 33.77% 701 11.43%
1964 3,202 48.27% 3,408 51.37% 24 0.36%
1960 3,905 57.67% 2,746 40.56% 120 1.77%
1956 4,117 62.07% 2,424 36.54% 92 1.39%
1952 4,030 63.10% 2,244 35.13% 113 1.77%
1948 3,039 50.72% 2,736 45.66% 217 3.62%
1944 3,206 55.03% 2,509 43.07% 111 1.91%
1940 3,472 52.70% 3,021 45.86% 95 1.44%
1936 2,780 45.42% 3,274 53.50% 66 1.08%
1932 2,226 39.46% 3,286 58.25% 129 2.29%
1928 2,738 56.43% 2,040 42.04% 74 1.53%
1924 2,725 55.03% 1,953 39.44% 274 5.53%
1920 2,740 53.88% 2,228 43.82% 117 2.30%
1916 1,474 46.79% 1,387 44.03% 289 9.17%
1912 729 24.83% 1,250 42.57% 957 32.60%
1908 1,561 44.31% 1,832 52.00% 130 3.69%
1904 1,729 48.61% 1,648 46.33% 180 5.06%
1900 1,501 42.53% 1,909 54.09% 119 3.37%
1896 1,345 39.97% 1,964 58.37% 56 1.66%
1892 986 36.80% 1,352 50.47% 341 12.73%
1888 1,223 44.95% 1,446 53.14% 52 1.91%

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840561
18502,595362.6%
18605,711120.1%
18707,80136.6%
18809,85126.3%
189011,23314.0%
190014,03324.9%
191013,312−5.1%
192012,385−7.0%
193011,195−9.6%
194012,0567.7%
195012,4933.6%
196012,8372.8%
197012,534−2.4%
198013,2585.8%
199012,643−4.6%
200013,7558.8%
201013,402−2.6%
202012,514−6.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[13]
1790-1960[14] 1900-1990[15]
1990-2000[16] 2010-2013[4]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 13,402 people, 5,282 households, and 3,707 families residing in the county.[18] The population density was 30.9 inhabitants per square mile (11.9/km2). There were 6,060 housing units at an average density of 14.0 per square mile (5.4/km2).[7] The racial makeup of the county was 97.2% white, 0.7% black or African American, 0.3% American Indian, 0.2% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.4% of the population.[18] In terms of ancestry, 32.4% were German, 12.2% were Irish, 8.6% were English, and 8.2% were American.[19]

Of the 5,282 households, 31.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.6% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.8% were non-families, and 25.6% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.97. The median age was 41.7 years.[18]

The median income for a household in the county was $47,697 and the median income for a family was $50,903. Males had a median income of $43,624 versus $27,131 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,491. About 13.4% of families and 17.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.5% of those under age 18 and 8.3% of those age 65 or over.[20]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "USA Counties in Profile". STATS Indiana. Retrieved June 29, 2014.
  2. ^ U.S. Census Bureau. American Community Survey, Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics 2010, Table DP-1, 2010 Demographic Profile Data. U.S. Census website. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
  3. ^ This pronunciation is derived from the following=Kazimierz Michał Władysław Wiktor Pułaski of Ślepowron (Polish pronunciation: [kaˈʑimjɛʂ puˈwaskʲi]; English: Casimir Pulaski /ˈkæ.zɪ.ˌmɪər pəˈlæ.skiː/
  4. ^ a b "Pulaski County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 5, 2015. Retrieved September 25, 2011.
  5. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  6. ^ "Pulaski County, Indiana". Find a County. National Association of Counties. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Monthly Averages for Winamac, Indiana". The Weather Channel. Retrieved January 27, 2011.
  9. ^ a b Indiana Code. "Title 36, Article 2, Section 3". IN.gov. Retrieved September 16, 2008.
  10. ^ a b c d Indiana Code. "Title 2, Article 10, Section 2" (PDF). IN.gov. Retrieved September 16, 2008.
  11. ^ walorski.house.gov
  12. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved May 19, 2018.
  13. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  14. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  15. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  16. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  17. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  18. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  19. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 14, 2020. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  20. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 14, 2020. Retrieved July 10, 2015.

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