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Kosciusko County, Indiana
Kosciusko County Courthouse from southeast near sunset.jpg
Kosciusko County Courthouse in Warsaw, Indiana
Map of Indiana highlighting Kosciusko County
Location in the state of Indiana
Map of the U.S. highlighting Indiana
Indiana's location in the U.S.
Founded 1836
Named for Tadeusz Kościuszko
Seat Warsaw
Largest city Warsaw
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

554.39 sq mi (1,436 km²)
531.38 sq mi (1,376 km²)
23.01 sq mi (60 km²), 4.15%
 - (2010)
 - Density

144/sq mi (55.57/km²)
Congressional districts 2nd, 3rd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Footnotes: Indiana county number 43

Kosciusko County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. Census 2010 recorded the population at 77,358.[1] The county seat is Warsaw.[2]

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

Geographical features[edit | edit source]

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.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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Major highways[edit | edit source]

Cities and towns[edit | edit source]

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

Townships[edit | edit source]

Climate and weather[edit | edit source]

Climate chart for Warsaw, Indiana
temperatures in °Cprecipitation totals in mm
source: The Weather Channel[5]

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 (−31.7 °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.[5]

Government[edit | edit source]

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.[6][7]

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, collecting revenue, and managing the day-to-day functions of the county government.[6][7]

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 a four-year term. In some cases, court decisions can be appealed to the state level circuit court.[7]

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 party affiliations and to be residents of the county.[7]

Kosciusko County is part of Indiana's 3rd congressional district and in 2008 was represented by Mark Souder in the United States Congress.[8] It is also part of Indiana Senate districts 9, 13, 17 and 18[9] and Indiana House of Representatives districts 18, 22 and 23.[10]

Elected Officials[edit | edit source]

  • William "Rocky" Goshert - Sheriff
  • Daniel Hampton - Prosecutor
  • Laurie Renier - Assessor
  • Marsha A. McSherry - Auditor
  • Jason McSherry - Clerk
  • Deborah Wulliman - County Recorder
  • Sue Ann Mitchell - Treasurer
  • Ronald Truex - Middle District Commissioner
  • Robert M. Conley - Southern District Commissioner
  • Bradford Jackson, President - Northern District Commissioner
  • John Sadler, Certified Death Investigator, Coroner

Education[edit | edit source]

School districts[edit | edit source]

Demographics[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 4,170
1850 10,243 145.6%
1860 17,418 70.0%
1870 23,531 35.1%
1880 26,494 12.6%
1890 28,645 8.1%
1900 29,109 1.6%
1910 27,936 −4.0%
1920 27,120 −2.9%
1930 27,488 1.4%
1940 29,561 7.5%
1950 33,002 11.6%
1960 40,373 22.3%
1970 48,127 19.2%
1980 59,555 23.7%
1990 65,294 9.6%
2000 74,057 13.4%
2010 77,358 4.5%
Est. 2013 77,963 5.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]
1790-1960[12] 1900-1990[13]
1990-2000[14] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[15] of 2000, there were 74,057 people, 27,283 households, and 19,998 families residing in the county. The population density was 138 people per square mile (53/km²). There were 32,188 housing units at an average density of 60 per square mile (23/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.58% White, 0.60% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.55% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 2.94% from other races, and 1.06% from two or more races. 5.03% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 29.2% were of German, 20.9% American, 9.2% English and 8.3% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 27,283 households out of which 35.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.90% were married couples living together, 8.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.70% were non-families. 21.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.80% under the age of 18, 8.70% from 18 to 24, 29.00% from 25 to 44, 22.60% from 45 to 64, and 12.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 99.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $43,939, and the median income for a family was $49,532. Males had a median income of $36,209 versus $23,516 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,806. About 4.40% of families and 6.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.10% of those under age 18 and 7.90% of those age 65 or over.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ a b "Kosciusko County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-09-25. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ De Witt Clinton Goodrich & Charles Richard Tuttle (1875). An Illustrated History of the State of Indiana. Indiana: R. S. Peale & co.. pp. 563. 
  4. ^ "Census 2010 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  5. ^ a b "Monthly Averages for Warsaw, Indiana". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  6. ^ a b Indiana Code. "Title 36, Article 2, Section 3". Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  7. ^ a b c d Indiana Code. "Title 2, Article 10, Section 2". Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  8. ^ "US Congressman Mark Souder". US Congress. Retrieved 2008-10-08. 
  9. ^ "Indiana Senate Districts". State of Indiana. Retrieved 2011-07-14. 
  10. ^ "Indiana House Districts". State of Indiana. Retrieved 2011-07-14. 
  11. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  15. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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

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