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

401 sq mi (1,039 km²)
399 sq mi (1,033 km²)
3 sq mi (7 km²), 0.64%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

20,391
51/sq mi (20/km²)
Founded January 10, 1818
Named for Spier Spencer
Congressional district 9th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Spencer County Indiana Courthouse.jpg
Spencer County courthouse in Rockport, Indiana
Footnotes: Notes on Spencer County, IN
  • County 74 in Indiana's Alphanumeric System
  • 24th oldest county in Indiana
  • 2010 Age: 192 y/o
  • Bicentennial - January 20, 2018

Spencer County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of the 2000 census, the population was 20,391. The county seat is Rockport[1].

Contents

History

Spencer County was formed in 1818 from parts of Warrick County and Perry County. It was named for Capt. Spier Spencer, killed at the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811.[2]

Abraham Lincoln lived in Spencer county from 1816 to 1830, between the ages seven and twenty-one. His family moved to Illinois in 1830. The Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial is located at the site of the Lincoln family farm.

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]

Spencer County is part of Indiana's 9th congressional district and is represented in Congress by Democrat Baron Hill.[5]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 401 square miles (1,039 km²), of which 399 square miles (1,033 km²) is land and 3 square miles (7 km²) (0.64%) is water.

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Cities and towns

Unincorporated towns

Townships

Adjacent counties

Major highways

National protected area

Demographics

Spencer County
Population by year

2000 20,391
1990 19,490
1980 19,361
1970 17,134
1960 16,074
1950 16,174
1940 16,211
1930 16,713
1920 18,400
1910 20,676
1900 22,407
1890 22,060
1880 22,122
1870 17,998
1860 14,556
1850 8,616
1840 6,305
1830 3,196
1820 1,882

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 20,391 people, 7,569 households, and 5,752 families residing in the county. The population density was 51 people per square mile (20/km²). There were 8,333 housing units at an average density of 21 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.70% White, 0.60% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.74% from other races, and 0.53% from two or more races. 1.49% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 40.6% were of German, 21.7% American, 8.9% English and 8.2% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 7,569 households out of which 35.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.00% were married couples living together, 7.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.00% were non-families. 20.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.50% under the age of 18, 7.30% from 18 to 24, 29.10% from 25 to 44, 24.10% from 45 to 64, and 13.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 100.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,451, and the median income for a family was $49,123. Males had a median income of $35,125 versus $22,787 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,000. About 4.80% of families and 6.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.90% of those under age 18 and 7.80% of those age 65 or over.

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. 
  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. ^ De Witt Clinton Goodrich & Charles Richard Tuttle (1875). An Illustrated History of the State of Indiana. Indiana: R. S. Peale & co.. pp. 572. http://books.google.com/books?id=YDIUAAAAYAAJ. 
  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". IN.gov. http://www.in.gov/legislative/ic/code/title3/ar10/ch2.pdf. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  5. ^ "Conressman Baron Hill". House.Gov. http://baronhill.house.gov/district.shtml. Retrieved 2008-09-12. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Coordinates: 38°01′N 87°01′W / 38.01°N 87.01°W / 38.01; -87.01


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

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 0.64%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

20391
Time zone Central : UTC{{{UTC offset}}}/{{{DST offset}}}
Named for: Spier Spencer

Spencer County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of the 2000 census, the population was 20,391. The county seat is Rockport6.

Contents

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,039 km² (401 sq mi). 1,033 km² (399 sq mi) of it is land and 7 km² (3 sq mi) of it (0.64%) is water.

Adjacent counties

History

Spencer County was formed in 1818. It was named for Capt. Spier Spencer, killed at the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811.

Abraham Lincoln lived in Spencer county from 1816 to 1830, between the ages seven and twenty-one. His family moved to Illinois in 1830. The Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial is located at the site of the Lincoln family farm.

Demographics

Spencer County
Population by year

2000 20,391
1990 19,490
1980 19,361
1970 17,134
1960 16,074
1950 16,174
1940 16,211
1930 16,713
1920 18,400
1910 20,676
1900 22,407
1890 22,060
1880 22,122
1870 17,998
1860 14,556
1850 8,616
1840 6,305
1830 3,196
1820 1,882

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 20,391 people, 7,569 households, and 5,752 families residing in the county. The population density was 20/km² (51/sq mi). There were 8,333 housing units at an average density of 8/km² (21/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 97.70% White, 0.60% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.74% from other races, and 0.53% from two or more races. 1.49% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 40.6% were of German, 21.7% American, 8.9% English and 8.2% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 7,569 households out of which 35.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.00% were married couples living together, 7.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.00% were non-families. 20.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.50% under the age of 18, 7.30% from 18 to 24, 29.10% from 25 to 44, 24.10% from 45 to 64, and 13.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 100.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,451, and the median income for a family was $49,123. Males had a median income of $35,125 versus $22,787 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,000. About 4.80% of families and 6.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.90% of those under age 18 and 7.80% of those age 65 or over.

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°01′N 87°01′W / 38.01, -87.01

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