DeKalb County, Indiana
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DeKalb County, Indiana
Auburn-indiana-courthouse-night.jpg
The DeKalb County courthouse in Auburn, Indiana.
Map of Indiana highlighting DeKalb County
Location in the U.S. state of Indiana
Map of the United States highlighting Indiana
Indiana's location in the U.S.
Founded 1837
Named for Johann, Baron de Kalb
Seat Auburn
Largest city Auburn
Area
 o Total 363.85 sq mi (942 km2)
 o Land 362.82 sq mi (940 km2)
 o Water 1.03 sq mi (3 km2), 0.28%
Population
 o (2010) 42,223
 o Density 116/sq mi (44.92/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website DeKalb County Government
Footnotes: Indiana county number 17

DeKalb County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of 2010, the population was 42,223.[1] The county seat is Auburn.[2] Named for Revolutionary War hero Johann, Baron de Kalb (1721-1780), the county was created by the Indiana legislature in 1835 and organized in 1837.

History

DeKalb County was formed in 1837.[3] It was named for the heroic General Johann de Kalb, a Continental Army officer from Bavaria, who was fatally wounded at the Battle of Camden, South Carolina.[4][5] The original settlers to arrive in DeKalb County were migrants from New England who were settling the wilderness of what was then known as the Northwest Territory. These people were "Yankee" migrants, that is to say they were descended from the English Puritans who settled New England in the colonial era.[6] In the 1870s immigrants from Ireland and Germany began arriving in DeKalb County, in large numbers.[7][8][9]

Geography

According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 363.85 square miles (942.4 km2), of which 362.82 square miles (939.7 km2) (or 99.72%) is land and 1.03 square miles (2.7 km2) (or 0.28%) is water.[10]

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Climate and weather

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

In recent years, average temperatures in Auburn have ranged from a low of 17 °F (-8 °C) in January to a high of 84 °F (29 °C) in July, although a record low of -24 °F (-31 °C) was recorded in January 1984 and a record high of 106 °F (41 °C) was recorded in June 1988. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.42 inches (36 mm) in February to 4.17 inches (106 mm) in June.[11]

Government

Presidential Elections Results[12]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 71.3% 12,054 23.3% 3,942 5.4% 906
2012 64.7% 10,587 33.1% 5,419 2.2% 354
2008 57.0% 9,780 41.8% 7,175 1.3% 219
2004 68.0% 10,468 31.2% 4,810 0.8% 125
2000 63.1% 8,701 34.7% 4,776 2.2% 308
1996 51.4% 6,851 36.3% 4,840 12.4% 1,648
1992 44.5% 6,682 31.0% 4,652 24.6% 3,688
1988 65.8% 9,018 34.0% 4,657 0.3% 41
1984 64.8% 8,769 34.1% 4,617 1.1% 142
1980 56.5% 7,886 35.2% 4,911 8.3% 1,153
1976 55.2% 7,860 43.2% 6,151 1.7% 235
1972 66.4% 8,834 32.7% 4,354 0.8% 109
1968 56.9% 7,650 35.7% 4,790 7.4% 998
1964 44.7% 6,210 54.4% 7,559 0.9% 120
1960 62.7% 8,957 36.9% 5,277 0.4% 61
1956 66.8% 9,061 32.7% 4,435 0.6% 79
1952 64.7% 8,713 32.3% 4,347 3.1% 416
1948 54.9% 6,941 43.0% 5,439 2.2% 272
1944 60.4% 7,479 38.8% 4,810 0.8% 98
1940 57.2% 7,676 42.4% 5,690 0.5% 60
1936 44.9% 5,848 53.5% 6,970 1.6% 209
1932 43.1% 5,590 55.7% 7,235 1.2% 156
1928 64.0% 7,373 35.4% 4,077 0.6% 64
1924 54.6% 6,093 37.1% 4,133 8.3% 928
1920 56.4% 6,514 41.1% 4,750 2.6% 296
1916 43.5% 2,898 50.7% 3,372 5.8% 387
1912 18.1% 1,125 44.5% 2,766 37.4% 2,320
1908 42.4% 2,991 52.2% 3,684 5.4% 377
1904 50.0% 3,416 41.4% 2,827 8.7% 593
1900 46.1% 3,218 50.0% 3,488 3.9% 273
1896 45.6% 3,137 53.4% 3,678 1.0% 71
1892 40.0% 2,499 44.9% 2,801 15.1% 944
1888 46.3% 2,879 50.8% 3,160 2.9% 182

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 fiscal 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.[13][14]

Board of Commissioners: A three-member board of commissioners combines executive and non-fiscal legislative powers. Commissioners are elected county-wide, in staggered four-year terms. One commissioner serves as president. The commissioners also function as the county drainage board, exercising control over the construction and maintenance of legal drains.[13][14]

Courts: DeKalb County has a Circuit Court (75th Judicial Circuit) and two Superior Courts. By local rule, approved by the Indiana Supreme Court,[15] the jurisdiction of the Circuit Court is currently limited to juvenile and domestic cases. Criminal, civil and domestic cases are heard in the two superior courts. Judges of each court are elected for six-year terms on partisan tickets.

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 serves a term of four years and oversees a different part of county government. Members elected to county government positions are required to declare a party affiliation and to be residents of the county.[14]

DeKalb County is part of Indiana's 3rd congressional district and in 2008 was represented by Mark Souder in the United States Congress.[16] It is also part of Indiana Senate districts 13 and 14,[17] and Indiana House of Representatives districts 51, 52 and 85.[18]

Demographics

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 42,223 people, 15,951 households, and 11,328 families residing in the county.[24] The population density was 116.4 inhabitants per square mile (44.9/km2). There were 17,558 housing units at an average density of 48.4 per square mile (18.7/km2).[10] The racial makeup of the county was 96.9% white, 0.5% Asian, 0.4% black or African American, 0.2% American Indian, 0.8% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.4% of the population.[24] In terms of ancestry, 36.3% were German, 10.9% were American, 10.8% were Irish, and 9.1% were English.[25]

Of the 15,951 households, 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.8% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.0% were non-families, and 24.3% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.08. The median age was 38.1 years.[24]

The median income for a household in the county was $47,697 and the median income for a family was $55,280. Males had a median income of $44,880 versus $30,663 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,779. About 6.7% of families and 9.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.3% of those under age 18 and 6.2% of those age 65 or over.[26]

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See also

External links

References

  1. ^ a b "DeKalb County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2011-07-09. Retrieved . 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ "DeKalb County, Indiana". STATS Indiana. Indiana Business Research Center. Retrieved 2014. 
  4. ^ De Witt Clinton Goodrich & Charles Richard Tuttle (1875). An Illustrated History of the State of Indiana. Indiana: R. S. Peale & co. p. 555. 
  5. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 103. 
  6. ^ Yankee Exodus: An Account of Migration from New England by Stewart Holbrook
  7. ^ Ford, Ira (1920-01-01). History of Northeast Indiana: LaGrange, Steuben, Noble and DeKalb Counties. Lewis Publishing Company. 
  8. ^ History of DeKalb County, Indiana: Together with Sketches of Its Cities, Villages and Towns ... and Biographies of Representative Citizens : Also a Condensed History of Indiana .. Inter-State Publishing Company. 1885-01-01. 
  9. ^ Co, B. F. Bowen & (1914-01-01). History of Dekalb County, Indiana: with biographical sketches of representative citizens and genealogical records of old families .. B.F. Bowen & Company, Inc. 
  10. ^ a b "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved . 
  11. ^ a b "Monthly Averages for Auburn, Indiana". The Weather Channel. Retrieved . 
  12. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS
  13. ^ a b Indiana Code. "Title 36, Article 2, Section 3". IN.gov. Retrieved . 
  14. ^ a b c Indiana Code. "Title 2, Article 10, Section 2" (PDF). IN.gov. Retrieved . 
  15. ^ Local Rule 17-AR-1-1, approved March 9, 2007, by the Indiana Supreme Court.
  16. ^ "US Congressman Mark Souder". US Congress. Archived from the original on 2008-10-09. Retrieved . 
  17. ^ "Indiana Senate Districts". State of Indiana. Retrieved . 
  18. ^ "Indiana House Districts". State of Indiana. Retrieved . 
  19. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 2017. 
  20. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved 2014. 
  21. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved 2014. 
  22. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014. 
  23. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014. 
  24. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved . 
  25. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES - 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved . 
  26. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS - 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved . 

Coordinates: 41°22?01?N 85°03?32?W / 41.36694°N 85.05889°W / 41.36694; -85.05889


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