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

517 sq mi (1,339 km²)

2 sq mi (5 km²), 0.41%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

27,223
52/sq mi (20/km²)
Founded 1814
Congressional district 9th
Salem IN Courthouse.jpg
Washington County courthouse in Salem, Indiana
Website www.washingtoncountyindiana.com

Washington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of 2000, the population was 27,223. The county seat is Salem[1].

Washington County is part of the Louisville/Jefferson County, KY–IN Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

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Early settlers

As early as 1802, a man named Frederick Royce lived among the Ox Indians at a place known as the Lick, two miles east of Salem and is probably the first white man to inhabit this county. He was a hunter-trader and salt manufacturer. In 1803, Thomas Hopper was the first to settle in this county near Hardinsburg.

Washington County was formed in 1814. It was named for U.S. President George Washington.[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: There are two judges in Washington County. The Judge of the Circuit Court is the Hon. Robert L. Bennett (D). The Judge of the Superior Court is the Hon. Frank E. Newkirk, Jr. (R). Case distribution is determined by local court rules. Each judge serves a six year term.

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]

Washington 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 517 square miles (1,338 km²), of which 514 square miles (1,332 km²) is land and 2 square miles (5 km²) (0.41%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Washington is one of only a few counties in the U.S. that borders eight others.

Cities and towns

Unincorporated towns

  • Bartle
  • Beck's Mill
  • Blue River
  • Bunker Hill
  • Canton
  • Claysville
  • Daisy Hill
  • Farrabee
  • Georgetown
  • Haleysburg
  • Harristown
  • Hitchcock
  • Kossuth
  • Martinsburg
  • McKinley
  • Mt. Carmel
  • New Liberty
  • New Philadelphia
  • Norris (Harristown)
  • Organ Spring
  • Plattsburg
  • Prowsville
  • Pumpkin Center
  • Rosebud
  • Rush Creek Valley
  • Smedley
  • South Boston

Townships

Major highways

Demographics

Washington County
Population by year

2000 27,223
1990 23,717
1980 21,932
1970 19,278
1960 17,819
1950 16,520
1940 17,008
1930 16,285
1920 16,645
1910 17,445
1900 19,409
1890 20,786
1880 21,326
1870 19,913
1860 18,521
1850 15,286
1840 12,459
1830 10,273
1820 7,875
1810 3,595

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 27,223 people, 10,264 households, and 7,585 families residing in the county. The population density was 53 people per square mile (20/km²). There were 11,191 housing units at an average density of 22 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.75% White, 0.13% Black or African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. 0.73% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 28.9% were of American, 23.7% German, 12.8% English and 10.8% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 10,264 households out of which 35.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.20% were married couples living together, 9.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.10% were non-families. 22.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.50% under the age of 18, 8.70% from 18 to 24, 29.70% from 25 to 44, 23.00% from 45 to 64, and 12.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 100.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,630, and the median income for a family was $42,618. Males had a median income of $29,929 versus $21,944 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,748. About 7.30% of families and 10.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.30% of those under age 18 and 9.40% of those age 65 or over.

Education

The county is served by 3 school districts[7]:

  • Salem Community Schools
  • East Washington School Corporation
  • South Central Area Special Ed
  • West Washington School Corporation.

East Washington School Corporation (Superintendent:Phyllis Amick[8]) includes[9]:

  • East Washington Elementary School (Principal:Deborah Esarey[10])
  • East Washington Middle School (Principal:Linda Luedeman[11])
  • Eastern High School (Principal:David Wintin[12]).

Salem Community Schools (Superintendent:Dr. D. Lynn Reed[13]) includes[13]:

  • Salem High School (Principal:James Ralston[13])
  • Salem Middle School (Principal:Ray Oppel[13])
  • Bradie Shum Upper Elementary School (Principal:Tony Stone[13])
  • Bradie Shum Lower Elementary School (Principal:Gene Sutton[13]).

West Washington School Corporation (Superintendent:Gerald Jackson[14]) includes[14]:

  • West Washington Elementary School (Principal:Tom Rosenbaum[14])
  • West Washington Junior/Senior High School (Principal:Paul Stroud[14]).

See also

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. ^ De Witt Clinton Goodrich & Charles Richard Tuttle (1875). An Illustrated History of the State of Indiana. Indiana: R. S. Peale & co.. pp. 575. 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 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. 
  7. ^ Education, Indiana Department of (2009). "Indiana Public Superintendent Directory 2009" (PDF). http://www.doe.in.gov/publications/pdf_directory/Indiana_Public_School_Super_Dir_2009.pdf. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  8. ^ Corporation, East Washington School (2009). "Central Office". http://www.ewsc.k12.in.us/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=46&Itemid=66. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  9. ^ Corporation, East Washington School (2009). "Welcome to the EWSC". http://www.ewsc.k12.in.us/. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  10. ^ School, East Washington Elementary (2009). "EWES Staff". http://www.ewsc.k12.in.us/ewes/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=60&Itemid=66. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  11. ^ School, East Washington Middle (2009). "EWMS Office Staff". http://www.ewsc.k12.in.us/ewms/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=54&Itemid=66. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  12. ^ School, Eastern High (2009). "HS Office". http://www.ewsc.k12.in.us/ehs/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=79&Itemid=66. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f Schools, Salem Community (2009). ":: Salem Community Schools ::". http://www.salemschools.com/. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  14. ^ a b c d Corporation, West Washington School. "West Washington School". http://www.wwcs.k12.in.us/. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  • American Legion Pekin Post 203, The. History of Pekin, Indiana (1959). The American Legion Pekin Post 203
  • Everton Publishers, Inc, The. Handy book for Genealogists (1971). Everton Publishers, Inc, The
  • 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. 
  • History of Washington County 1884 (1884).
  • Indiana Historical Commission. Indiana History Bulletin (August 1924). Wm. B. Burford

External links

Coordinates: 38°36′N 86°07′W / 38.60°N 86.11°W / 38.60; -86.11


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

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 0.41%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

27223
Website: www.washingtoncountyindiana.com

Washington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of 2000, the population was 27,223. The county seat is Salem6.

Contents

History

Early Settlers

As early as 1802, a man named Frederick Royce lived among the Ox Indians at a place known as the Lick, two miles east of Salem and is probably the first white man to inhabit this county. He was a hunter-trader and salt manufacturer. In 1803, Thomas Hopper was the first to settle in this county near Hardinsburg.

Washington County was formed in 1814. It was named for U.S. President George Washington.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,338 km² (517 sq mi). 1,332 km² (514 sq mi) of it is land and 5 km² (2 sq mi) of it (0.41%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Washington is one of only a few counties in the U.S. that borders eight others.

Demographics

Washington County
Population by year

2000 27,223
1990 23,717
1980 21,932
1970 19,278
1960 17,819
1950 16,520
1940 17,008
1930 16,285
1920 16,645
1910 17,445
1900 19,409
1890 20,786
1880 21,326
1870 19,913
1860 18,521
1850 15,286
1840 12,459
1830 10,273
1820 7,875
1810 3,595

As of the census² of 2000, there were 27,223 people, 10,264 households, and 7,585 families residing in the county. The population density was 20/km² (53/sq mi). There were 11,191 housing units at an average density of 8/km² (22/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 98.75% White, 0.13% Black or African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. 0.73% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 28.9% were of American, 23.7% German, 12.8% English and 10.8% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 10,264 households out of which 35.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.20% were married couples living together, 9.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.10% were non-families. 22.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.50% under the age of 18, 8.70% from 18 to 24, 29.70% from 25 to 44, 23.00% from 45 to 64, and 12.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 100.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,630, and the median income for a family was $42,618. Males had a median income of $29,929 versus $21,944 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,748. About 7.30% of families and 10.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.30% of those under age 18 and 9.40% of those age 65 or over.

Cities, towns and census-designated places

Townships

Other communities

  • Bartle
  • Beck's Mill
  • Blue River
  • Bunker Hill
  • Canton
  • Claysville
  • Daisy Hill
  • Farrabee
  • Georgetown
  • Haleysburg
  • Harristown
  • Hitchcock
  • Kossuth
  • Martinsburg
  • McKinley
  • Mt. Carmel
  • New Liberty
  • New Philadelphia
  • Norris (Harristown)
  • Organ Spring
  • Plattsburg
  • Prowsville
  • Pumpkin Center
  • Rosebud
  • Rush Creek Valley
  • Smedley
  • South Boston

References

  • American Legion Pekin Post 203, The. History of Pekin, Indiana (1959). The American Legion Pekin Post 203
  • Everton Publishers, Inc, The. Handy book for Genealogists (1971). Everton Publishers, Inc, The
  • 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. 
  • History of Washington County 1884 (1884).
  • Indiana Historical Commission. Indiana History Bulletin (August 1924). Wm. B. Burford

See also

Coordinates: 38°36′N 86°07′W / 38.60, -86.11

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