Rush County, Indiana

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Rush County, Indiana
Rush County Courthouse, Rushville.jpg
Rush County Courthouse, Rushville
Map of Indiana highlighting Rush County
Location in the U.S. state of Indiana
Map of the United States highlighting Indiana
Indiana's location in the U.S.
Founded 1822
Named for Benjamin Rush
Seat Rushville
Largest city Rushville
Area
 • Total 408.46 sq mi (1,058 km2)
 • Land 408.12 sq mi (1,057 km2)
 • Water 0.34 sq mi (1 km2), 0.08%
Population
 • (2010) 17,392
 • Density 43/sq mi (16.45/km²)
Congressional district 6th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website rushcounty.in.gov
Footnotes: Indiana county number 70
Rushville from the air.

Rush County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of 2010, the population was 17,392.[1] The county seat is Rushville.[2]

History[edit]

Rush County was formed on April 1, 1822. It was named in honor of Dr. Benjamin Rush, who signed the Declaration of Independence.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 408.46 square miles (1,057.9 km2), of which 408.12 square miles (1,057.0 km2) (or 99.92%) is land and 0.34 square miles (0.88 km2) (or 0.08%) is water.[4] It is drained by Big Blue River and Flat Rock Creek.[5][6]

Cities[edit]

Towns[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Unincorporated towns[edit]

Townships[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Climate and weather[edit]

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Source: The Weather Channel[7]

In recent years, average temperatures in Rushville have ranged from a low of 17 °F (−8 °C) in January to a high of 84 °F (29 °C) in July, although a record low of −28 °F (−33 °C) was recorded in January 1994 and a record high of 108 °F (42 °C) was recorded in July 1901. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 2.55 inches (65 mm) in February to 5.06 inches (129 mm) in May.[7]

Government[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[8]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 73.4% 5,292 21.1% 1,525 5.5% 397
2012 65.9% 4,633 31.6% 2,221 2.5% 172
2008 56.0% 4,271 42.3% 3,229 1.7% 129
2004 72.3% 5,363 27.0% 2,000 0.8% 58
2000 65.2% 4,749 32.5% 2,370 2.3% 165
1996 51.5% 3,827 34.7% 2,578 13.8% 1,023
1992 48.4% 3,873 27.1% 2,168 24.6% 1,967
1988 67.4% 5,112 32.3% 2,451 0.3% 20
1984 69.9% 5,429 29.7% 2,307 0.5% 35
1980 64.3% 4,829 31.8% 2,388 3.9% 294
1976 60.3% 4,723 39.0% 3,052 0.7% 55
1972 77.0% 5,965 22.8% 1,764 0.3% 23
1968 59.4% 5,004 31.3% 2,636 9.3% 781
1964 49.9% 4,507 49.3% 4,450 0.8% 68
1960 63.5% 6,215 35.9% 3,516 0.5% 51
1956 64.7% 6,202 34.9% 3,346 0.4% 39
1952 66.8% 6,918 32.3% 3,348 0.8% 87
1948 57.5% 5,362 40.9% 3,814 1.6% 145
1944 59.6% 5,853 39.6% 3,891 0.8% 77
1940 60.0% 6,486 39.6% 4,282 0.4% 39
1936 47.5% 5,457 52.2% 5,999 0.4% 44
1932 49.5% 5,094 49.1% 5,056 1.4% 140
1928 68.4% 6,640 30.9% 2,996 0.8% 75
1924 62.6% 5,958 35.9% 3,415 1.6% 148
1920 56.6% 6,113 41.8% 4,513 1.6% 177
1916 51.2% 2,950 44.6% 2,569 4.2% 241
1912 34.6% 1,931 41.4% 2,312 24.0% 1,343
1908 53.0% 3,102 43.4% 2,544 3.6% 211
1904 54.1% 3,082 41.5% 2,363 4.4% 250
1900 52.2% 2,913 44.9% 2,503 2.9% 163
1896 51.9% 2,891 46.7% 2,602 1.4% 80
1892 51.3% 2,566 44.2% 2,210 4.6% 230
1888 52.5% 2,713 44.3% 2,292 3.2% 167

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.[9][10]

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.[9][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]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 9,707
1840 16,456 69.5%
1850 16,445 −0.1%
1860 16,193 −1.5%
1870 17,626 8.8%
1880 19,238 9.1%
1890 19,034 −1.1%
1900 20,148 5.9%
1910 19,349 −4.0%
1920 19,241 −0.6%
1930 19,412 0.9%
1940 18,927 −2.5%
1950 19,799 4.6%
1960 20,393 3.0%
1970 20,352 −0.2%
1980 19,604 −3.7%
1990 18,129 −7.5%
2000 18,261 0.7%
2010 17,392 −4.8%
Est. 2016 16,649 [11] −4.3%
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 17,392 people, 6,767 households, and 4,803 families residing in the county.[16] The population density was 42.6 inhabitants per square mile (16.4/km2). There were 7,508 housing units at an average density of 18.4 per square mile (7.1/km2).[4] The racial makeup of the county was 97.4% white, 0.8% black or African American, 0.3% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 0.5% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.1% of the population.[16] In terms of ancestry, 23.4% were German, 16.8% were American, 12.0% were Irish, and 11.9% were English.[17]

Of the 6,767 households, 32.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.9% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.0% were non-families, and 24.5% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 2.99. The median age was 40.6 years.[16]

The median income for a household in the county was $47,697 and the median income for a family was $52,874. Males had a median income of $41,581 versus $30,035 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,215. About 10.3% of families and 12.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.4% of those under age 18 and 9.3% of those age 65 or over.[18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Rush County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-09-25. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ De Witt Clinton Goodrich & Charles Richard Tuttle (1875). An Illustrated History of the State of Indiana. Indiana: R. S. Peale & co. p. 572. 
  4. ^ a b "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-07-10. 
  5. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Ripley, George; Dana, Charles A., eds. (1879). "Rush. I. A S. E. county of Indiana". The American Cyclopædia. 
  6. ^ AAA World Atlas. Hammond Inc. 1992. p. 227. 
  7. ^ a b "Monthly Averages for Rushville, Indiana". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  8. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS
  9. ^ a b Indiana Code. "Title 36, Article 2, Section 3". IN.gov. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  10. ^ a b c Indiana Code. "Title 2, Article 10, Section 2" (PDF). IN.gov. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  11. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  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: 39°37′N 85°28′W / 39.62°N 85.47°W / 39.62; -85.47