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Lawrence County, Indiana
Map of Indiana highlighting Lawrence County
Location in the state of Indiana
Map of the U.S. highlighting Indiana
Indiana's location in the U.S.
Seat Bedford
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

452 sq mi (1,171 km²)
449 sq mi (1,162 km²)
3 sq mi (8 km²), 0.72%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

45,922
46/sq mi (18/km²)
Founded 1818
Named for James Lawrence
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Lawrence County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of 2000, the population was 45,922. The county seat is Bedford[1].

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 452 square miles (1,171 km²), of which 449 square miles (1,162 km²) is land and 3 square miles (8 km²) (0.72%) is water.

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Adjacent counties

National protected area

History

Lawrence County was formed in 1818. It was named for Capt. James Lawrence, who uttered the famous words "Don't give up the ship" after being mortally wounded during the War of 1812.

Government

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.[2][3]

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, the collection of revenue, and managing the day-to-day functions of the county government.[2][3]

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 terms of four years. In some cases, court decisions can be appealed to the state level circuit court.[3]

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 serve terms of four years and oversee different parts of the county government. Members elected to any county government position are required to declare a party affiliation and be a resident of the county.[3]

Demographics

Lawrence County
Population by year

2000 45,922
1990 42,836
1980 42,472
1970 38,038
1960 36,564
1950 34,346
1940 35,045
1930 35,583
1920 28,228
1910 30,625
1900 25,729
1890 19,792
1880 18,543
1870 14,628
1860 13,692
1850 12,097
1840 11,782
1830 9,234
1820 4,116

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 45,922 people, 18,535 households, and 13,141 families residing in the county. The population density was 102 people per square mile (40/km²). There were 20,560 housing units at an average density of 46 per square mile (18/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.92% White, 0.39% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. 0.91% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 32.9% were of American, 15.3% German, 14.3% English and 10.9% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 18,535 households out of which 31.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.50% were married couples living together, 9.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.10% were non-families. 25.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.60% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 28.10% from 25 to 44, 25.00% from 45 to 64, and 14.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,280, and the median income for a family was $43,109. Males had a median income of $34,167 versus $21,647 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,653. About 7.30% of families and 9.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.60% of those under age 18 and 8.50% of those age 65 or over.

Lawrence County is the hometown of several astronauts. Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom was born and raised in Mitchell. Charles "Charlie" Walker was born and raised in Oolitic. Although he was born in Virginia, Kenneth "Kenny" Bowersox considers Bedford to be his hometown since that is where he was raised.

Cities and towns

Incorporated

Unincorporated

Townships

References

  • Forstall, Richard L. (editor) (1996). Population of states and counties of the United States: 1790 to 1990 : from the twenty-one decennial censuses. United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Population Division. ISBN 0-934213-48-8. 

Coordinates: 38°50′N 86°29′W / 38.84°N 86.49°W / 38.84; -86.49


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Lawrence County, Indiana
Map
File:Map of Indiana highlighting Lawrence County.png
Location in the state of Indiana
Map of the USA highlighting Indiana
Indiana's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1818
Seat Bedford
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 0.72%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

45922
Time zone Eastern : UTC{{{UTC offset}}}/{{{DST offset}}}
Named for: James Lawrence

Lawrence County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of 2000, the population was 45,922. The county seat is Bedford6.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,171 km² (452 sq mi). 1,162 km² (449 sq mi) of it is land and 8 km² (3 sq mi) of it (0.72%) is water.

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History

Lawrence County was formed in 1818. It was named for Capt. James Lawrence, who uttered the famous words "Don't give up the ship" after being mortally wounded during the War of 1812.

Demographics

Lawrence County
Population by year

2000 45,922
1990 42,836
1980 42,472
1970 38,038
1960 36,564
1950 34,346
1940 35,045
1930 35,583
1920 28,228
1910 30,625
1900 25,729
1890 19,792
1880 18,543
1870 14,628
1860 13,692
1850 12,097
1840 11,782
1830 9,234
1820 4,116

As of the census² of 2000, there were 45,922 people, 18,535 households, and 13,141 families residing in the county. The population density was 40/km² (102/sq mi). There were 20,560 housing units at an average density of 18/km² (46/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 97.92% White, 0.39% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. 0.91% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 32.9% were of American, 15.3% German, 14.3% English and 10.9% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 18,535 households out of which 31.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.50% were married couples living together, 9.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.10% were non-families. 25.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.60% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 28.10% from 25 to 44, 25.00% from 45 to 64, and 14.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,280, and the median income for a family was $43,109. Males had a median income of $34,167 versus $21,647 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,653. About 7.30% of families and 9.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.60% of those under age 18 and 8.50% of those age 65 or over.

Lawrence County is the hometown of several astronauts. Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom was born and raised in Mitchell. Charles "Charlie" Walker was born and raised in Bedford. Although he was born in Virginia, Kenneth "Kenny" Bowersox considers Bedford to be his hometown since that is where he was raised.

Cities and towns

Townships

References

  • Forstall, Richard L. (editor) (1996). Population of states and counties of the United States: 1790 to 1990 : from the twenty-one decennial censuses. United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Population Division. ISBN 0-934213-48-8. 

Coordinates: 38°50′N 86°29′W / 38.84, -86.49

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