Kosciusko County
Kosciusko County Courthouse in Warsaw
Kosciusko County Courthouse in Warsaw
Map of Indiana highlighting Kosciusko County
Location within the U.S. state of Indiana
Map of the United States highlighting Indiana
Indiana's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 41°14′N 85°52′W / 41.24°N 85.86°W / 41.24; -85.86
Country United States
State Indiana
Founded7 February 1835 (authorized)
1836 (organized)
Named forTadeusz Kościuszko
SeatWarsaw
Largest cityWarsaw
Area
 • Total554.39 sq mi (1,435.9 km2)
 • Land531.38 sq mi (1,376.3 km2)
 • Water23.01 sq mi (59.6 km2)  4.15%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total80,240
 • Density140/sq mi (56/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional districts2nd, 3rd
Websitewww.kcgov.com
Indiana county number 43

Kosciusko County (/ˌkɒskiˈʌsk/ KOS-kee-US-koh) is a county in the U.S. state of Indiana. At the 2020 United States Census, its population was 80,240.[1] The county seat (and only incorporated city) is Warsaw.[2]

The county was organized in 1836. It was named for the Polish general Tadeusz Kościuszko who served in the American Revolutionary War and then returned to Poland.[3] The county seat is named for Warsaw, the capital of Poland.[4]

History

The Indiana State Legislature passed an omnibus county bill[5] on 7 February 1835 that authorized the creation of thirteen counties[6] in northeast Indiana, including Kosciusko. The county government was organized beginning in 1836. The county's boundary lines have remained unchanged since 1835.

Geographical features

Kosciusko County terrain consists of low rolling hills dotted with bodies of water and drainages, with all available area devoted to agriculture or urban development.[7] Its highest point (1025'/312 meters ASL) is a hill NE of Dewart Lake.[8] The Tippecanoe River flows westward through the central part of the county, while the Eel River flows southwestward through the county's SE corner.[7]

According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 554.39 square miles (1,435.9 km2), of which 531.38 square miles (1,376.3 km2) (or 95.85%) is land and 23.01 square miles (59.6 km2) (or 4.15%) is water.[9]

Adjacent counties

Major highways

Lakes

Protected areas

City and towns

Unincorporated communities

Townships

Airports

Climate and weather

Warsaw, Indiana
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Precipitation totals in inches
Source: The Weather Channel[11]

In recent years, average temperatures in Warsaw have ranged from a low of 15 °F (−9 °C) in January to a high of 82 °F (28 °C) in July, although a record low of −25 °F (−32 °C) was recorded in January 1985 and a record high of 103 °F (39 °C) was recorded in July 1976. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.45 inches (37 mm) in February to 4.51 inches (115 mm) in June.[11]

Community

Southern Kosciusko County is dotted with small lakes like Beaver Dam Lake (foreground) near Silver Lake.
Southern Kosciusko County is dotted with small lakes like Beaver Dam Lake (foreground) near Silver Lake.

Newspapers

Radio Stations

Government

See also: Government of Indiana

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 legislative branch of the county government; controls spending and revenue collection in the county. Representatives, elected to four-year terms from county districts, are responsible for setting salaries, the annual budget, and special spending. The council 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.[12][13]

Board of Commissioners: The executive body of the county; commissioners are elected countywide to staggered four-year terms. One commissioner serves as president. The commissioners execute the acts legislated by the council, collect revenue, and manage the county government.[12][13]

Court: The county maintains a small claims court that handles civil cases. The county also maintains a Circuit and Superior Court. The judge on each court is elected to a term of six years and must be a member of the Indiana bar.

County Officials: The county has other elected offices, including sheriff, coroner, auditor, treasurer, recorder, surveyor, and circuit court clerk. The officials are elected countywide to four-year terms. Members elected to county government positions are required to declare party affiliations and to be residents of the county.[13]

Kosciusko County is part of Indiana's 2nd and 3rd congressional districts. It is also part of Indiana Senate districts 9, 13, 17 and 18[14] and Indiana House of Representatives districts 18, 22 and 23.[15]

Elected officials:

Kosciusko County is a Republican Party stronghold in presidential elections. Woodrow Wilson in 1912 and Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932 are the only two Democratic Party candidates to win the county from 1888 to the present day.

United States presidential election results for Kosciusko County, Indiana[16]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 26,499 74.05% 8,364 23.37% 924 2.58%
2016 23,935 73.78% 6,313 19.46% 2,193 6.76%
2012 22,558 74.84% 6,862 22.77% 720 2.39%
2008 20,488 67.87% 9,236 30.60% 461 1.53%
2004 22,136 78.05% 5,977 21.08% 247 0.87%
2000 19,040 75.30% 5,785 22.88% 459 1.82%
1996 15,084 62.99% 6,166 25.75% 2,695 11.25%
1992 14,179 57.44% 5,307 21.50% 5,197 21.05%
1988 17,761 76.68% 5,321 22.97% 81 0.35%
1984 17,560 77.88% 4,877 21.63% 110 0.49%
1980 15,633 68.78% 5,684 25.01% 1,413 6.22%
1976 14,505 65.56% 7,328 33.12% 291 1.32%
1972 16,216 78.93% 4,233 20.60% 96 0.47%
1968 12,633 63.98% 5,342 27.06% 1,769 8.96%
1964 10,488 54.10% 8,759 45.18% 141 0.73%
1960 13,539 69.11% 5,839 29.80% 213 1.09%
1956 12,777 71.68% 4,904 27.51% 143 0.80%
1952 11,521 68.95% 4,677 27.99% 512 3.06%
1948 9,327 62.79% 5,102 34.35% 426 2.87%
1944 9,577 65.11% 4,865 33.08% 266 1.81%
1940 9,879 62.68% 5,768 36.60% 113 0.72%
1936 8,182 53.90% 6,890 45.39% 107 0.70%
1932 7,063 47.75% 7,475 50.54% 253 1.71%
1928 7,973 63.18% 4,537 35.95% 110 0.87%
1924 6,819 58.33% 4,384 37.50% 487 4.17%
1920 8,326 61.66% 4,836 35.81% 342 2.53%
1916 4,025 51.18% 3,447 43.83% 393 5.00%
1912 1,767 24.47% 2,817 39.02% 2,636 36.51%
1908 4,377 54.45% 3,362 41.82% 300 3.73%
1904 4,550 57.88% 2,913 37.06% 398 5.06%
1900 4,422 56.27% 3,265 41.54% 172 2.19%
1896 4,342 55.61% 3,372 43.19% 94 1.20%
1892 3,823 53.24% 3,064 42.67% 294 4.09%
1888 4,147 55.81% 3,081 41.46% 203 2.73%


Education

School districts

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
18404,170
185010,243145.6%
186017,41870.0%
187023,53135.1%
188026,49412.6%
189028,6458.1%
190029,1091.6%
191027,936−4.0%
192027,120−2.9%
193027,4881.4%
194029,5617.5%
195033,00211.6%
196040,37322.3%
197048,12719.2%
198059,55523.7%
199065,2949.6%
200074,05713.4%
201077,3584.5%
202080,2403.7%
US Decennial Census[17]
1790-1960[18] 1900-1990[19]
1990-2000[20] 2010-2013[21] 2020[1]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 77,358 people, 29,197 households, and 20,740 families in the county.[22] The population density was 145.6 inhabitants per square mile (56.2/km2). There were 37,038 housing units at an average density of 69.7 per square mile (26.9/km2).[9] The racial makeup of the county was 93.3% white, 0.8% Asian, 0.7% black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 3.4% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 7.3% of the population.[22] In terms of ancestry, 33.5% were German, 11.5% were Irish, 10.8% were English, and 8.2% were American.[23]

Of the 29,197 households, 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.6% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.0% were non-families, and 23.9% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.07. The median age was 37.7 years.[22]

The median income for a household in the county was $47,697 and the median income for a family was $56,305. Males had a median income of $44,358 versus $29,320 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,019. About 7.0% of families and 10.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.5% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.[24]

Notable residents

See also

References

  1. ^ a b 2020 Population and Housing State Data | Indiana
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Government Printing Office. p. 177.
  4. ^ De Witt Clinton Goodrich & Charles Richard Tuttle (1875). An Illustrated History of the State of Indiana. Indiana: R. S. Peale & Co. p. 563.
  5. ^ John W Tyndall & OE Lesh, Standard history of Adams and Wells Counties, Indiana. pp. 284-6 (accessed 9 August 2020)
  6. ^ The counties are Dekalb, Fulton, Jasper, Jay, Kosciusko, Marshall, Newton, Porter, Pulaski, Stark, Steuben, Wells, and Whitley. Newton County was merged with Jasper County in 1839, and was re-authorized as a separate county in 1859.
  7. ^ a b c d Kosciusko County IN (Google Maps, accessed 30 July 2020)
  8. ^ Kosciusko County High Point, Indiana (PeakBagger.com, accessed 30 July 2020)
  9. ^ a b "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  10. ^ Nappanee Municipal Airport, Nappanee IN (Google Maps, accessed 30 July 2020)
  11. ^ a b "Monthly Averages for Warsaw IN". The Weather Channel. Retrieved January 27, 2011.
  12. ^ a b Indiana Code. "Title 36, Article 2, Section 3". IN.gov. Retrieved September 16, 2008.
  13. ^ a b c Indiana Code. "Title 2, Article 10, Section 2" (PDF). IN.gov. Retrieved September 16, 2008.
  14. ^ "Indiana Senate Districts". State of Indiana. Retrieved July 14, 2011.
  15. ^ "Indiana House Districts". State of Indiana. Retrieved July 14, 2011.
  16. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  17. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  18. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  19. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  20. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  21. ^ "Kosciusko County QuickFacts". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved September 25, 2011.
  22. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  23. ^ "Selected Social Characteristics in the US – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 14, 2020. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  24. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 14, 2020. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  25. ^ (clunette.com/Schenkel)

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Coordinates: 41°14′N 85°52′W / 41.24°N 85.86°W / 41.24; -85.86