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Morgan County, Indiana
Map of Indiana highlighting Morgan County
Location in the state of Indiana
Map of the U.S. highlighting Indiana
Indiana's location in the U.S.
Seat Martinsville
Largest city Martinsville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

409 sq mi (1,060 km²)
406 sq mi (1,053 km²)
3 sq mi (8 km²), 0.71%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

66,689
164/sq mi (63/km²)
Founded 1822
Named for Gen. Daniel Morgan
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Morgan County Indiana courthouse.jpg
Morgan County courthouse in Martinsville, Indiana

Morgan County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of 2000, the population was 66,689. Its estimated 2005 population was 69,778. The county seat is Martinsville[1]. Morgan is one of seven counties contiguous to Marion County, and is located between Indianapolis, in Marion County, and Bloomington, located in Monroe County. Two state highways, State Roads 37 and 67, carry large numbers of daily commuters between the two larger communities.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 409 square miles (1,060 km²), of which 406 square miles (1,053 km²) is land and 3 square miles (8 km²) (0.71%) is water. Morgan County is bisected by the White River Valley; the community has taken an interest in recent years in protecting the river as an asset, seeking to develop parks and greenways along the White River and initiating an annual river clean up day in the spring.

The county also is home to large areas of land that were not glaciated during the last ice age. The river valley and contributing watersheds, along with the non-glaciated hills, results in a topography unlike the rest of the metropolitan Indianapolis area. County residents are proud of the scenic terrain, and in recent years have established a county park system and a bike/pedestrian trail system plan to provide protection and access to the amenities. An annual five mile (8 km) run ("Run to the Future", June 10, 2006) is held as a fundraiser for the path system endowment.

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Morgan County, IN

History

Morgan County was formed in 1822. It was named for Gen. Daniel Morgan, who defeated the British at the Battle of Cowpens in the Revolutionary War. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, mineral springs in Martinsville gave rise to several spas, and the nickname of the Martinsville High School athletic teams has subsequently been the Artesians. Settlers in Morgan County in the early nineteenth century came predominantly from southern states. The Mooresville area and surrounding communities received large numbers of southern Quakers, driven to migrate because of their opposition to slavery. Paul Hadley, a Mooresville resident, was the designer of the current Indiana flag, as well as a locally prominent water color artist in the early twentieth century.

County government took several steps forward in the 2000s, creating a new Plan Commission, re-instituting a county economic development organization, and establishing the county's first Park and Recreation Board between 2000 and 2004. Morgan County also was the first county in the metropolitan Indianapolis region to establish a smoking ban ordinance for restaurants, taking that step in 2004. Other communities in the region soon followed Morgan County's lead.

A County Achievement Award from the Association of Indiana Counties in 2006 was the third award from the group given to Morgan County in a ten year span, adding to 1997 and 2003 awards.

In 2006 Morgan County was the first in the central Indiana region to offer a prescription drug discount program to its residents at no charge to individuals, helping residents save an average of 20% on prescriptions. Also during 2006, Morgan and Hendricks Counties became the first in Indiana to develop neighboring and co-related TIF (Tax Increment Financing) districts for economic development activity.

Morgan County has developed a new thoroughfare plan that is integrated with the Mooresville thoroughfare plan, and also recently completed a new capital improvement plan. Both activities are preludes to a new comprehensive plan being developed for the county.

Courthouse

The Morgan County courthouse was designed by Isaac Hodgson in the Italianate style. It was built from 1857 to 1859 by Perry M. Blankenship of Martinsville at a cost of $32,000. Originally it was almost identical to Hodgson's Jennings County courthouse in Vernon, which was also begun in 1857, but the Martinsville building received an addition in the 1970s; the original section was also remodeled and renovated at that time. The building is of red brick with white stone quoins and has tall windows with round arches, arranged in pairs. It is one of the few remaining pre-war courthouses.[2]

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.[3][4]

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.[3][4]

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.[4]

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.[4]

Demographics

Morgan County
Population by year

2005 69,778
2000 66,689
1990 55,920
1980 51,999
1970 44,176
1960 33,875
1950 23,726
1940 19,801
1930 19,424
1920 20,010
1910 21,182
1900 20,457
1890 18,643
1880 18,900
1870 17,528
1860 16,110
1850 14,576
1840 10,741
1830 5,593

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 66,689 people, 24,437 households, and 19,036 families residing in the county. The population density was 164 people per square mile (63/km²). There were 25,908 housing units at an average density of 64 per square mile (25/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.59% White, 0.07% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. 0.73% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 35.1% were of American, 22.1% German, 10.9% English and 10.3% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 24,437 households out of which 36.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.20% were married couples living together, 8.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.10% were non-families. 18.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.20% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 30.60% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 10.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 98.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $47,739, and the median income for a family was $52,851. Males had a median income of $39,701 versus $26,311 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,657. About 5.30% of families and 6.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.30% of those under age 18 and 9.90% of those age 65 or over.

Incorporated Cities and towns

Unincorporated towns

  • Centerton
  • Cope
  • Eminence
  • Hall
  • Waverly
  • Wilbur

Townships

References

  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Template.cfm?Section=Find_a_County&Template=/cffiles/counties/usamap.cfm. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ Counts, Will; Jon Dilts (1991). The 92 Magnificent Indiana Courthouses. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press. pp. 116-7. ISBN 978-0253336385. 
  3. ^ a b Indiana Code. "Title 36, Article 2, Section 3". IN.gov. http://www.in.gov/legislative/ic/code/title36/ar2/ch3.html. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  4. ^ a b c d Indiana Code. "Title 2, Article 10, Section 2" (PDF). IN.gov. http://www.in.gov/legislative/ic/code/title3/ar10/ch2.pdf. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Coordinates: MorganCountyTaxpayer.Org 39°29′N 86°27′W / 39.48°N 86.45°W / 39.48; -86.45


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Morgan County, Indiana
Map
File:Map of Indiana highlighting Morgan County.png
Location in the state of Indiana
Map of the USA highlighting Indiana
Indiana's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1822
Seat Martinsville
Largest City Martinsville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 0.71%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

66689
Time zone Eastern : UTC-5/-4
Named for: Gen. Daniel Morgan

Morgan County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of 2000, the population was 66,689. Its estimated 2005 population was 69,778. The county seat is Martinsville6. Morgan is one of seven counties contiguous to Marion County, and is located between Indianapolis, in Marion County, and Bloomington, located in Monroe County. Two state highways, State Roads 37 and 67, carry large numbers of daily commuters between the two larger communities.

Contents

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,060 km² (409 sq mi). 1,053 km² (406 sq mi) of it is land and 8 km² (3 sq mi) of it (0.71%) is water. Morgan County is bisected by the White River Valley; the community has taken an interest in recent years in protecting the river as an asset, seeking to develop parks and greenways along the White River and initiating an annual river clean up day in the spring.

The county also is home to large areas of land that were not glaciated during the last ice age. The river valley and contributing watersheds, along with the non-glaciated hills, results in a topography unlike the rest of the metropolitan Indianapolis area. County residents are proud of the scenic terrain, and in recent years have established a county park system and a bike/pedestrian trail system plan to provide protection and access to the amenities. An annual five mile run ("Run to the Future", June 10, 2006) is held as a fundraiser for the path system endowment.

Adjacent counties

Morgan County, IN

History

Morgan County was formed in 1822. It was named for Gen. Daniel Morgan, who defeated the British at the Battle of Cowpens in the Revolutionary War. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, mineral springs in Martinsville gave rise to several spas, and the nickname of the Martinsville High School athletic teams has subsequently been the Artesians. Settlers in Morgan County in the early nineteenth century came predominantly from southern states. The Mooresville area and surrounding communities received large numbers of southern Quakers, driven to migrate because of their opposition to slavery. Paul Hadley, a Mooresville resident, was the designer of the current Indiana flag, as well as a locally prominent water color artist in the early twentieth century. The county courthouse, built in the 1850's, is the oldest in central Indiana.

County government took several steps forward in the 2000's, creating a new Plan Commission, re-instituting a county economic development organization, and establishing the county's first Park and Recreation Board between 2000 and 2004. Morgan County also was the first county in the metropolitan Indianapolis region to establish a smoking ban ordinance for restaurants, taking that step in 2004. Other communities in the region soon followed Morgan County's lead.

A County Achievement Award from the Association of Indiana Counties in 2006 was the third award from the group given to Morgan County in a ten year span, adding to 1997 and 2003 awards.

In 2006 Morgan County was the first in the central Indiana region to offer a prescription drug discount program to its residents at no charge to individuals, helping residents save an average of 20% on prescriptions. Also during 2006, Morgan and Hendricks Counties became the first in Indiana to develop neighboring and co-related TIF (Tax Increment Financing) districts for economic development activity.

Morgan County has developed a new thoroughfare plan that is integrated with the Mooresville thoroughfare plan, and also recently completed a new capital improvement plan. Both activities are preludes to a new comprehensive plan being developed for the county.

Demographics

Morgan County
Population by year

2005 69,778
2000 66,689
1990 55,920
1980 51,999
1970 44,176
1960 33,875
1950 23,726
1940 19,801
1930 19,424
1920 20,010
1910 21,182
1900 20,457
1890 18,643
1880 18,900
1870 17,528
1860 16,110
1850 14,576
1840 10,741
1830 5,593

As of the census² of 2000, there were 66,689 people, 24,437 households, and 19,036 families residing in the county. The population density was 63/km² (164/sq mi). There were 25,908 housing units at an average density of 25/km² (64/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 98.59% White, 0.07% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. 0.73% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 35.1% were of American, 22.1% German, 10.9% English and 10.3% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 24,437 households out of which 36.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.20% were married couples living together, 8.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.10% were non-families. 18.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.20% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 30.60% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 10.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 98.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $47,739, and the median income for a family was $52,851. Males had a median income of $39,701 versus $26,311 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,657. About 5.30% of families and 6.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.30% of those under age 18 and 9.90% of those age 65 or over.

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: 39°29′N 86°27′W / 39.48, -86.45

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Morgan County, Indiana
Map

Location in the state of Indiana

Indiana's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1822
Seat Martinsville
Largest City Martinsville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

409 sq mi (1,060 km²)
406 sq mi (1,053 km²)
3 sq mi (8 km²), 0.71%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

66,689
164/sq mi (63/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Named for: Gen. Daniel Morgan

Morgan County is a county found in Indiana, United States. Almost 66,700 people were living in Morgan County as of 2000.

Cities and towns

Unincorporated towns

  • Centerton

Townships

  • Adams
  • Ashland
  • Baker
  • Brown
  • Clay
  • Green
  • Gregg
  • Harrison
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson
  • Madison
  • Monroe
  • Ray
  • Washington

Coordinates: 39°29′N 86°27′W / 39.48°N 86.45°W / 39.48; -86.45


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