Tippecanoe County, Indiana

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Tippecanoe County, Indiana
Tippecanoe courthouse 7-2004.jpg
Tippecanoe County courthouse in Lafayette, Indiana
Map of Indiana highlighting Tippecanoe County
Location in the U.S. state of Indiana
Map of the United States highlighting Indiana
Indiana's location in the U.S.
Founded March 1, 1826
Named for Kethtippecanoogi ("Place of the Succor Fish People" in Miami)
Seat Lafayette
Largest city Lafayette
Area
 • Total 503.24 sq mi (1,303 km2)
 • Land 499.81 sq mi (1,295 km2)
 • Water 3.44 sq mi (9 km2), 0.68%
Population
 • (2010) 172,780
 • Density 346/sq mi (133.48/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.tippecanoe.in.gov
Footnotes: Indiana county number 79

Tippecanoe County is a county located in the northwest quadrant of the U.S. state of Indiana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 172,780.[1] The county seat is Lafayette.[2] It was created in 1826 from Wabash County.[3]

Tippecanoe County is part of the Lafayette, Indiana, Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Tippecanoe County was formed March 1, 1826, and named for the anglicization of "Kethtippecanoogi", a Miami people term meaning "place of the succor fish people." (Kriebel, Robert C. - Tippecanoe at 2000: A Hoosier County Recalls Its Past). The county is best known for Purdue University, the 1811 Battle of Tippecanoe, and the Tippecanoe County Courthouse, a structure built in 1881 and included in the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 503.24 square miles (1,303.4 km2), of which 499.81 square miles (1,294.5 km2) (or 99.32%) is land and 3.44 square miles (8.9 km2) (or 0.68%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Communities[edit]

The county courthouse and nearby buildings along the Wabash River in Lafayette and West Lafayette
The view northeast into the town of Battle Ground

Cities[edit]

Towns[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Other unincorporated places[edit]

Extinct[edit]

Townships[edit]

A freight train approaches the town of South Raub on the border of Randolph and Wea Townships.

Climate and weather[edit]

Lafayette, Indiana
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Source: The Weather Channel[6]

In recent years, temperatures in Lafayette have ranged from an average low of 17 °F (−8 °C) in January to a high of 86 °F (30 °C) in July, although a record low of −23 °F (−31 °C) was recorded in January 1985 and a record high of 105 °F (41 °C) was recorded in June 1988. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.58 inches (40 mm) inches in February to 4.24 inches (108 mm) inches in June.[6]

Transportation[edit]

Highways[edit]

Railroads[edit]

Three different railroad lines intersect in Tippecanoe County, all running through the Lafayette area. CSX Transportation operates a north-south line; Norfolk Southern Railway operates a southwest-to-northeast line,[7] and the Kankakee, Beaverville and Southern Railroad operates a daily-service line running from the northwest to the southeast.

Airport[edit]

The county contains one public-use airport: Purdue University Airport (LAF) in West Lafayette, Indiana.[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 branch of the county government and controls all the spending and revenue collection in the county. The county council and the board of commissioners share legislative authority. [9] 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.[10][11]

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.[10][11]

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.[11]

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.[11]

Politics[edit]

In the 2008 Democratic primary, Tippecanoe County was one of 10 (out of 92) Indiana counties to give the majority of its votes to Barack Obama.[12] In the 2008 Presidential election, Tippecanoe County was one of 15 Indiana counties to give the majority of its votes to Obama/Biden. Thanks to the sizable support of Purdue University students, Tippecanoe County played a pivotal role in Barack Obama's upset win in Indiana (49.9%-49.0%; 1,367,264 votes to 1,341,101 votes) by supporting the Democrat ticket of Barack Obama/Joe Biden 55.1%-43.5% over the Republican ticket of John McCain/Sarah Palin.[13]

Presidential Elections Results[14]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 48.6% 30,768 43.1% 27,282 8.4% 5,289
2012 50.4% 28,757 46.8% 26,711 2.8% 1,595
2008 43.5% 29,822 55.1% 37,781 1.5% 1,033
2004 59.0% 30,897 39.8% 20,818 1.2% 645
2000 56.4% 26,106 39.4% 18,220 4.3% 1,969
1996 49.5% 22,556 37.8% 17,232 12.7% 5,798
1992 45.8% 23,050 34.5% 17,343 19.8% 9,941
1988 62.9% 27,897 36.6% 16,256 0.5% 211
1984 64.8% 29,706 34.4% 15,789 0.8% 381
1980 56.9% 27,589 30.2% 14,636 12.9% 6,245
1976 61.3% 29,186 37.5% 17,850 1.2% 551
1972 68.1% 31,565 31.5% 14,598 0.4% 203
1968 59.4% 24,352 35.5% 14,528 5.1% 2,088
1964 48.4% 19,036 51.5% 20,257 0.2% 79
1960 63.6% 24,572 36.3% 14,041 0.1% 55
1956 70.3% 23,776 29.5% 9,995 0.2% 72
1952 70.5% 23,447 29.1% 9,678 0.4% 121
1948 60.6% 17,034 38.5% 10,825 0.9% 248
1944 60.6% 15,888 39.0% 10,229 0.4% 95
1940 57.0% 16,148 42.8% 12,129 0.3% 73
1936 50.1% 13,081 48.7% 12,732 1.2% 309
1932 46.1% 11,818 53.0% 13,609 0.9% 236
1928 63.3% 15,165 36.4% 8,720 0.4% 93
1924 58.4% 12,161 36.6% 7,619 5.0% 1,043
1920 61.7% 12,730 36.6% 7,562 1.7% 347
1916 54.7% 6,386 42.2% 4,918 3.1% 365
1912 28.2% 3,006 41.7% 4,442 30.1% 3,205
1908 53.4% 6,164 43.2% 4,984 3.4% 391
1904 59.8% 6,581 36.7% 4,031 3.5% 388
1900 56.3% 6,317 41.6% 4,673 2.1% 232
1896 56.8% 6,239 42.2% 4,639 1.0% 111
1892 51.1% 4,856 46.2% 4,386 2.8% 261
1888 53.4% 5,072 45.1% 4,281 1.6% 147

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 7,187
1840 13,724 91.0%
1850 19,377 41.2%
1860 25,726 32.8%
1870 33,515 30.3%
1880 35,966 7.3%
1890 35,078 −2.5%
1900 38,659 10.2%
1910 40,063 3.6%
1920 42,813 6.9%
1930 47,535 11.0%
1940 51,020 7.3%
1950 74,473 46.0%
1960 89,122 19.7%
1970 109,378 22.7%
1980 121,702 11.3%
1990 130,598 7.3%
2000 148,955 14.1%
2010 172,780 16.0%
Est. 2016 188,059 [15] 8.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[16]
1790-1960[17] 1900-1990[18]
1990-2000[19] 2010-2013[1]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 172,780 people, 65,532 households, and 37,003 families residing in the county.[20] The population density was 345.7 inhabitants per square mile (133.5/km2). There were 71,096 housing units at an average density of 142.2 per square mile (54.9/km2).[4] The racial makeup of the county was 84.0% white, 6.2% Asian, 4.0% black or African American, 0.3% American Indian, 3.3% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 7.5% of the population.[20] In terms of ancestry, 27.5% were German, 13.9% were Irish, 10.8% were English, and 6.1% were American.[21]

Of the 65,532 households, 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.4% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 43.5% were non-families, and 29.2% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.02. The median age was 27.7 years.[20]

The median income for a household in the county was $47,697 and the median income for a family was $60,367. Males had a median income of $45,018 versus $31,995 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,203. About 10.3% of families and 20.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.2% of those under age 18 and 5.0% of those age 65 or over.[22]

Education[edit]

Public schools in rural/suburban Tippecanoe County are administered by the Tippecanoe School Corporation, while those in the cities are under either the Lafayette School Corporation or West Lafayette Community School Corporation. Purdue and Ivy Tech each have campuses at other sites in Indiana.

Universities and colleges

High Schools

Middle Schools/Junior High Schools

  • Lafayette Sunnyside Middle School [9]
  • Lafayette Tecumseh Junior High School [10]
  • TSC (Harrison) Battle Ground Middle School [11]
  • TSC (Harrison) East Tipp Middle School [12]
  • TSC (Harrison) Klondike Middle School [13]
  • TSC (McCutcheon) Southwestern Middle School [14]
  • TSC (McCutcheon) Wainwright Middle School [15]
  • TSC (McCutcheon) Wea Ridge Middle School [16]
  • West Lafayette Junior-Senior High School [17]

Elementary Schools

  • Lafayette Edgelea Elementary School [18]
  • Lafayette Glen Acres Elementary School [19]
  • Lafayette Miami Elementary School [20]
  • Lafayette Miller Elementary School [21]
  • Lafayette Murdock Elementary School [22]
  • Lafayette (charter) New Community School [23]
  • Lafayette Vinton Elementary School [24]
  • TSC (Harrison) Battle Ground Elementary School [25]
  • TSC (Harrison) Burnett Creek Elementary School [26]
  • TSC (Harrison) Hershey Elementary School [27]
  • TSC (Harrison) Klondike Elementary School [28]
  • TSC (McCutcheon) Dayton Elementary School [29]
  • TSC (McCutcheon) James Cole Elementary School [30]
  • TSC (McCutcheon) Mayflower Mill Elementary School [31]
  • TSC (McCutcheon) Mintonye Elementary School [32]
  • TSC (McCutcheon) Wea Ridge Elementary School [33]
  • TSC (McCutcheon) Woodland Elementary School [34]
  • TSC (Harrison/McCutcheon) Wyandotte Elementary School [35]
  • West Lafayette Cumberland Elementary School [36]

Private Schools

  • Apostolic Christian Academy
  • Beacon Academy
  • Concord School
  • Faith Christian School
  • First Assembly Christian Academy
  • Highland Christian School k-8
  • Lafayette Catholic Schools [37] k-12
  • Lafayette Christian School [38] k-8
  • Lafayette Faith Baptist [39]
  • Lighthouse Baptist Christian Academy
  • Pleasantview Christian School
  • St Boniface 4-6
  • St James Lutheran k-8
  • St Mary Cathedral Elementary K-3

Economy[edit]

Much of the economy of Tippecanoe County is centered in its two largest communities: Lafayette and West Lafayette. Purdue University is by far the largest employer in the county, but private industry and commerce independent of the university also employ many others. Major employers include Subaru-Indiana Automotive, Wabash National, Caterpillar, Fairfield Manufacturing, Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health, Alcoa, and State Farm.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ DeHart 1909, p. 151.
  4. ^ a b "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-07-10. 
  5. ^ http://www.ingenweb.org/intippecanoe/ghosttowns.htm
  6. ^ a b "Monthly Averages for Lafayette, Indiana". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  7. ^ "Indiana Railroads" (PDF). Indiana Department of Transportation. 2008. Retrieved 2010-12-11. 
  8. ^ Public and Private Airports, Tippecanoe County, Indiana
  9. ^ "Guide to Indiana County Government" (PDF). Association of Indiana Counties. Retrieved October 27, 2016. 
  10. ^ a b Indiana Code. "Title 36, Article 2, Section 3". IN.gov. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  11. ^ a b c d Indiana Code. "Title 2, Article 10, Section 2" (PDF). IN.gov. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  12. ^ "Election Center 2008: Primary Results - Elections & Politics news from CNN.com". CNN. Retrieved May 25, 2010. 
  13. ^ "2008 presidential election results". 
  14. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS
  15. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  16. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  20. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-07-10. 
  21. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-07-10. 
  22. ^ "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°23′N 86°53′W / 40.39°N 86.89°W / 40.39; -86.89