Huntington County, Indiana
Huntington County Courthouse in Huntington
Location within the U.S. state of Indiana
Indiana's location within the U.S.
|Founded||2 February 1832 (authorized)|
5 May 1834 (organized)
|Named for||Samuel Huntington|
|• Total||387.72 sq mi (1,004.2 km2)|
|• Land||382.65 sq mi (991.1 km2)|
|• Water||5.07 sq mi (13.1 km2) 1.31%%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||94.7/sq mi (36.6/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
|Indiana county number 35|
Huntington County was organized from previously unorganized Indiana territory and lands gained by the Adams New Purchase of 1818. The county's creation was authorized by act of the Indiana State legislature dated 2 February 1832. Organization of the county's governing structure began on 5 May 1834. The county was named for Samuel Huntington, who signed the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation. He was also President of the Continental Congress under the Articles of Confederation.
The terrain of Huntington County consists of low rolling hills, completely devoted to agriculture or urban development. The Wabash River flows to the west through the upper central part of the county, while the Salamonie River flows to the west through the lower part. Its highest point (about 925'/282 meters ASL) is at the SW corner. According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 387.72 square miles (1,004.2 km2), of which 382.65 square miles (991.1 km2) (or 98.69%) is land and 5.07 square miles (13.1 km2) (or 1.31%) is water.
City and towns
- Sam Cook (1860–1946), US Congressman
- J. Danforth Quayle, US Representative, Senator, Vice-President
- J. Edward Roush (1920–2004), US Representative, Father of "911"
- John R. Kissinger (1877–1946), early Malaria test subject
- Chris Schenkel (1923–2005), sportscaster
- Denny Jiosa, jazz guitarist and composer
- Archbishop John F. Noll (1875–1956), founded Catholic newspaper 'Our Sunday Visitor'. Founded Victory Noll and St. Felix Monastery.
- Sandy Thomson, Chief Weather Specialist, WANE-TV Fort Wayne
- Mick Mars, guitarist for Mötley Crüe.
- Eiffel G. Plasterer (fl. 1950s), pioneer in soap bubble art
- Gary Dilley, Tokyo Olympics swimmer
- George Haines, Olympic Women's Swim coach
- Glen S. Hummer, Tokyo Olympics Men's Swim coach
- W.L. Seibold, national horseshoe champion
- Mark Seibold, World horseshoe champion (1966, 1969, 1979, 1986)
- Ned Steele, 1938 national Ping Pong champion.
- Steve Platt, basketball player and former coach at Huntington University. Indiana's all-time collegiate scoring leader (3,700 points), placing him seventh on the list of all-time collegiate scorers at any level. Led the nation in scoring (1973, 1974).
- Lisa Winter, basketball player at Ball State University and Valparaiso University. Indiana's Miss Basketball 1996.
- Matt Pike, football player at Purdue University and in the Arena Football League, 1999–Present. Won AF2 Title with Peoria in 2002.
- Chris Kramer, professional basketball player. Kramer played college basketball at Purdue University where he was two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.
Points of interest
- Huntington County Historical Museum
- Huntington University Arboretum and Botanical Garden
- Huntington University
- J. Edward Roush Lake
- Joseph Decuis Restaurant
- Merillat Centre for the Arts
- Our Sunday Visitor Corporate Headquarters
- Sheets Wildlife Museum and Learning Center
- Sunken Gardens
- The Forks Of The Wabash
- The Indiana Room Genealogy Center
- Tel-Hy Nature Preserve
- Two-EE's Winery
- United States Vice Presidential Museum
- Victory Noll Center
News and Media
- WBZQ 1300 AM
- Huntington North High School WVSH Viking Radio
- WQHU-LP Huntington University Radio WQHU 105.5-FM Forester Radio]
Climate and weather
|Climate chart (explanation)|
In recent years, average temperatures in Huntington have ranged from a low of 16 °F (−9 °C) in January to a high of 87 °F (31 °C) in July, although a record low of −28 °F (−33 °C) was recorded in January 1982 and a record high of 105 °F (41 °C) was recorded in June 1988. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.82 inches (46 mm) in February to 4.37 inches (111 mm) in June.
County Council: The fiscal 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.
Board of Commissioners: The executive and legislative body of the county. The commissioners are elected county-wide to staggered four-year terms. One commissioner serves as president. The commissioners are charged with collecting revenue and managing the county government.
Court: The county maintains a small claims court that handles 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 a four-year term. In some cases, court decisions can be appealed to the state level circuit court.
County Officials: The county has other elected offices, including sheriff, coroner, auditor, treasurer, recorder, surveyor, and circuit court clerk. These officers are elected to four-year terms. Members elected to county government positions are required to declare party affiliations and to be residents of the county.
Presidential Election Analysis: Huntington County has been strongly Republican; Lyndon B. Johnson was the last Democratic Party candidate to carry the county (1964).
|Est. 2018||36,240||<ref">"Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved July 26, 2019.</ref>||−2.4%|
|US Decennial Census|
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 37,124 people, 14,218 households, and 10,074 families in the county. The population density was 97.0 inhabitants per square mile (37.5/km2). There were 15,805 housing units at an average density of 41.3 per square mile (15.9/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.1% white, 0.4% Asian, 0.4% American Indian, 0.4% black or African American, 0.5% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.7% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 37.9% were German, 14.9% were Irish, 12.9% were American, and 12.1% were English.
Of the 14,218 households, 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.5% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.1% were non-families, and 24.4% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.97. The median age was 39.0 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $47,697 and the median income for a family was $55,630. Males had a median income of $41,648 versus $30,218 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,575. About 7.7% of families and 11.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.6% of those under age 18 and 9.8% of those age 65 or over.
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- Huntington County Chamber of Commerce
- Official Web site of Huntington, Indiana
- Huntington County Community Network
- Huntington Herald Press daily newspaper
- Huntington County United Economic Development