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

224 sq mi (579 km²)
221 sq mi (573 km²)
2 sq mi (6 km²), 1.05%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

9,065
41/sq mi (16/km²)
Founded 1814
Named for Switzerland
Congressional district 9th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Switzerland County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of 2000, the population was 9,065. The county seat is Vevay[1].

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History

Switzerland County was formed in 1814. It was named for the home country of many of the early settlers.

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]

Switzerland County is part of Indiana's 9th congressional district and is represented in Congress by Democrat Baron Hill.[4]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 224 square miles (579 km²), of which 221 square miles (573 km²) is land and 2 square miles (6 km²) (1.05%) is water.

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Incorporated towns

Unincorporated towns

Townships

Major highways

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Switzerland County
Population by year

2000 9,065
1990 7,738
1980 7,153
1970 6,306
1960 7,092
1950 7,599
1940 8,167
1930 8,432
1920 9,311
1910 9,914
1900 11,840
1890 12,514
1880 13,336
1870 12,134
1860 12,698
1850 12,932
1840 9,920
1830 7,028
1820 3,934

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 9,065 people, 3,435 households, and 2,538 families residing in the county. The population density was 41 people per square mile (16/km²). There were 4,226 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.78% White, 0.23% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.31% from other races, and 0.43% from two or more races. 0.86% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 37.2% were of American, 23.1% German, 11.6% Irish and 8.1% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 3,435 households out of which 33.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.70% were married couples living together, 10.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.10% were non-families. 21.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.30% under the age of 18, 8.50% from 18 to 24, 28.00% from 25 to 44, 24.60% from 45 to 64, and 12.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 101.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,092, and the median income for a family was $41,395. Males had a median income of $30,197 versus $21,324 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,466. About 10.60% of families and 13.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.40% of those under age 18 and 9.80% 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.  

Coordinates: 38°49′N 85°02′W / 38.82°N 85.03°W / 38.82; -85.03


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Switzerland County, Indiana
Map
File:Map of Indiana highlighting Switzerland County.png
Location in the state of Indiana
Map of the USA highlighting Indiana
Indiana's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1814
Seat Vevay
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 1.05%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

9065
Time zone Eastern : UTC{{{UTC offset}}}/{{{DST offset}}}

Switzerland County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of 2000, the population is 9,065. The county seat is Vevay6.

Contents

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 579 km² (224 sq mi). 573 km² (221 sq mi) of it is land and 6 km² (2 sq mi) of it (1.05%) is water.

Major highways

Adjacent counties

History

Switzerland County was formed in 1814. It was named for the home country of many of the early settlers, Switzerland.

Demographics

Switzerland County
Population by year

2000 9,065
1990 7,738
1980 7,153
1970 6,306
1960 7,092
1950 7,599
1940 8,167
1930 8,432
1920 9,311
1910 9,914
1900 11,840
1890 12,514
1880 13,336
1870 12,134
1860 12,698
1850 12,932
1840 9,920
1830 7,028
1820 3,934

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 9,065 people, 3,435 households, and 2,538 families residing in the county. The population density was 16/km² (41/sq mi). There were 4,226 housing units at an average density of 7/km² (19/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 98.78% White, 0.23% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.31% from other races, and 0.43% from two or more races. 0.86% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 37.2% were of American, 23.1% German, 11.6% Irish and 8.1% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 3,435 households out of which 33.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.70% were married couples living together, 10.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.10% were non-families. 21.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.30% under the age of 18, 8.50% from 18 to 24, 28.00% from 25 to 44, 24.60% from 45 to 64, and 12.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 101.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,092, and the median income for a family was $41,395. Males had a median income of $30,197 versus $21,324 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,466. About 10.60% of families and 13.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.40% of those under age 18 and 9.80% 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°49′N 85°02′W / 38.82, -85.03

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