Warrick County, Indiana

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Warrick County
Warrick County Courthouse in Boonville
Warrick County Courthouse in Boonville
Map of Indiana highlighting Warrick County
Location within the U.S. state of Indiana
Map of the United States highlighting Indiana
Indiana's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 38°06′N 87°16′W / 38.1°N 87.27°W / 38.1; -87.27
Country United States
State Indiana
FoundedApril 30, 1813
Named forJacob Warrick
SeatBoonville
Largest cityBoonville
Area
 • Total391.05 sq mi (1,012.8 km2)
 • Land384.82 sq mi (996.7 km2)
 • Water6.24 sq mi (16.2 km2)  1.60%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total63,898
 • Density160/sq mi (63/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district8th
Websitewww.warrickcounty.gov
  • Indiana county number 87
  • Eighth oldest county in Indiana

Warrick County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of 2020, the population was 63,898.[1] The county seat is Boonville.[2] It was organized in 1813 and was named for Captain Jacob Warrick, an Indiana militia company commander killed in the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811. It is one of the ten fastest-growing counties in Indiana.[3]

Warrick County is the eastern part of the Evansville, INKY Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Warrick County was formed by statute, March 9, 1813, effective April 30, 1813. Knox County was affected by this formation and Warrick and Gibson Counties were both created out of this area of Knox County between the White River and the Ohio River. The boundaries of this area began at the mouth of the Wabash River; then up the Wabash River with the meanders thereof to the mouth of the White River; then up the White River with the meanders thereof to the Forks of the White River; then up White River East Fork to where the line between Sections 20 and 29, Township 1 North, Range 4 West, strikes the same; then with that line to the then Gibson County line; then with that line dividing Gibson and Knox Counties to the Ohio River; then down the Ohio River, to the place of beginning. The same was divided into two separate and distinct counties, by a line beginning on the Wabash River, known as Rector's Base Line (was surveyed by William Rector on the line between Townships 4 South and 5 South, from New Harmony, Posey County, and Alton, Crawford County, Indiana), and with that line east until it intersects the then Gibson County line and that tract of land falling within the southern division thereof was Warrick County. However, because Gibson County organized a month earlier on April 1, this entire territory fell under Gibson County's jurisdiction. Within Warrick County's original jurisdiction included large portions but not entire portions of Crawford, Perry, Posey, Vanderburgh, and roughly 2/3s of Warrick County's current jurisdiction. Evansville was the original county seat, followed by Yankeetown, Newburgh, and finally Boonville, the current seat.[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 391.05 square miles (1,012.8 km2), of which 384.82 square miles (996.7 km2) (or 98.41%) is land and 6.24 square miles (16.2 km2) (or 1.60%) is water.[5]

Adjacent Counties[edit]

Cities and towns[edit]

Unincorporated towns[edit]

Townships[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Climate and weather[edit]

Boonville, Indiana
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In recent years, average temperatures in Boonville have ranged from a low of 23 °F (−5 °C) in January to a high of 89 °F (32 °C) in July, although a record low of −24 °F (−31 °C) was recorded in January 1994 and a record high of 101 °F (38 °C) was recorded in July 1999. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 2.71 inches (69 mm) in September to 5.08 inches (129 mm) in March.[6]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18201,749
18302,87764.5%
18406,321119.7%
18508,81139.4%
186013,26150.5%
187017,65333.1%
188020,16214.2%
189021,1615.0%
190022,3295.5%
191021,911−1.9%
192019,862−9.4%
193018,230−8.2%
194019,4356.6%
195021,52710.8%
196023,5779.5%
197027,97218.6%
198041,47448.3%
199044,9208.3%
200052,38316.6%
201059,68913.9%
202063,8987.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2013[11] 2020[1]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 59,689 people, 22,505 households, and 17,009 families residing in the county.[13] The population density was 155.1 inhabitants per square mile (59.9/km2). There were 24,203 housing units at an average density of 62.9 per square mile (24.3/km2).[5] The racial makeup of the county was 95.0% white, 1.6% Asian, 1.3% black or African American, 0.2% American Indian, 0.5% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.6% of the population.[13] In terms of ancestry, 35.3% were German, 15.4% were Irish, 13.4% were American, and 12.5% were English.[14]

Of the 22,505 households, 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.7% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 24.4% were non-families, and 20.7% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.02. The median age was 39.7 years.[13]

The median income for a household in the county was $47,697 and the median income for a family was $73,583. Males had a median income of $51,961 versus $32,885 for females. The per capita income for the county was $29,737. About 3.9% of families and 6.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.4% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.[15]

Government[edit]

Warrick County Sheriff's Department
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionWarrick County, Indiana, United States
Legal jurisdictionAs per operations jurisdiction
General nature
Operational structure
Agency executive
  • Michael Wilder, Sheriff
Facilities
Stations1
Jails1
Website
Warrick County Sheriff's Office

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. Four representatives are elected from county districts, and three are elected as "at-large" members. 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.[16][17]

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.[16][17]

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.[17]

County Officials: The county has several other elected offices, including sheriff, coroner, auditor, treasurer, recorder, surveyor, assessor, 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.[17]

United States presidential election results for Warrick County, Indiana[18]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 21,326 62.93% 11,923 35.18% 641 1.89%
2016 19,113 63.84% 9,086 30.35% 1,740 5.81%
2012 17,680 62.19% 10,181 35.81% 566 1.99%
2008 16,013 55.75% 12,329 42.93% 379 1.32%
2004 16,930 65.05% 8,980 34.51% 115 0.44%
2000 13,205 59.19% 8,749 39.22% 355 1.59%
1996 9,221 43.68% 9,285 43.99% 2,603 12.33%
1992 8,087 39.23% 8,612 41.78% 3,915 18.99%
1988 10,504 56.58% 7,999 43.09% 61 0.33%
1984 10,202 61.32% 6,345 38.14% 90 0.54%
1980 8,681 52.39% 6,845 41.31% 1,044 6.30%
1976 7,200 47.69% 7,804 51.70% 92 0.61%
1972 8,520 65.84% 4,296 33.20% 125 0.97%
1968 5,742 47.53% 4,784 39.60% 1,555 12.87%
1964 4,376 37.59% 7,222 62.04% 42 0.36%
1960 6,482 56.10% 5,042 43.64% 30 0.26%
1956 6,286 57.21% 4,668 42.49% 33 0.30%
1952 6,064 56.35% 4,639 43.11% 59 0.55%
1948 4,602 48.75% 4,750 50.32% 88 0.93%
1944 5,042 55.01% 4,049 44.17% 75 0.82%
1940 5,456 51.88% 5,019 47.72% 42 0.40%
1936 3,968 42.08% 5,343 56.67% 118 1.25%
1932 3,429 37.74% 5,409 59.53% 248 2.73%
1928 4,603 54.12% 3,744 44.02% 158 1.86%
1924 4,437 51.49% 3,797 44.06% 383 4.44%
1920 4,675 51.75% 3,915 43.34% 443 4.90%
1916 2,396 48.41% 2,244 45.34% 309 6.24%
1912 1,421 28.09% 2,218 43.84% 1,420 28.07%
1908 2,839 48.37% 2,782 47.40% 248 4.23%
1904 2,796 50.49% 2,485 44.87% 257 4.64%
1900 2,540 46.22% 2,828 51.46% 127 2.31%
1896 2,482 45.78% 2,902 53.52% 38 0.70%
1892 2,018 42.75% 2,166 45.88% 537 11.37%
1888 2,361 47.05% 2,557 50.96% 100 1.99%

Education[edit]

The county's school corporation is Warrick County School Corporation which consists of 16 schools (two high schools, one senior/junior high, three middle schools, ten elementary schools, and one alternative school). In the Fall of 2009, the corporation transitioned its stand-alone Junior High schools in the Boonville and Castle High School Districts from the Junior High system to the Middle School system, with the addition of one middle school (Castle South Middle School) in the Castle District. Castle Junior High was renamed Castle North Middle School. Warrick County's three middle schools are composed of grades six through eight.

Warrick County High Schools[edit]

High School Towns/Twps Served Mascot Colors Size Conference
Boonville
High School
Boonville and Tennyson with students from parts of Anderson and Campbell Townships (Chandler and Yankeetown) having the option to attend Boonville or Castle secondary schools.
Boon and Skelton
Pioneers Black,
and Vegas Gold[19]
   
900 Big 8 Conference
Castle
High School
Newburgh, and Chandler
Anderson, Campbell, and Ohio
Knights Royal Blue and Gold
   
2,200 Southern Indiana Athletic Conference
Tecumseh Jr./Sr.
High School
Lynnville and Elberfeld
Greer, Hart, Lane, Owen, and Pigeon
Braves Red, White and Blue
     
350 Pocket Athletic Conference
(Participates in football independently)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 2020 Population and Housing State Data | Indiana
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "Population Growth of Counties". ePodunk. Archived from the original on September 27, 2011. Retrieved August 14, 2006.
  4. ^ Indiana Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1996. pp. 209-216.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ a b "Monthly Averages for Boonville, Indiana". The Weather Channel. Retrieved January 27, 2011.
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Archived (PDF) from the original on March 27, 2010. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  11. ^ "Warrick County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 25, 2011.
  12. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ "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.
  15. ^ "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.
  16. ^ a b Indiana Code. "Title 36, Article 2, Section 3". IN.gov. Retrieved September 16, 2008.
  17. ^ a b c d Indiana Code. "Title 2, Article 10, Section 2" (PDF). IN.gov. Archived (PDF) from the original on December 27, 2004. Retrieved September 16, 2008.
  18. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  19. ^ "School Directory". IHSAA. Retrieved February 23, 2010.

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Coordinates: 38°06′N 87°16′W / 38.10°N 87.27°W / 38.10; -87.27