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Shelby County, Indiana
Shelby County Courthouse in Shelbyville.jpg
Shelby County Courthouse in Shelbyville
Map of Indiana highlighting Shelby County
Location in the state of Indiana
Map of the U.S. highlighting Indiana
Indiana's location in the U.S.
Founded 1821
Named for Isaac Shelby
Seat Shelbyville
Largest city Shelbyville
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

412.76 sq mi (1,069 km²)
411.15 sq mi (1,065 km²)
1.61 sq mi (4 km²), 0.39%
 - (2010)
 - Density

108/sq mi (41.58/km²)
Congressional district 6th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Footnotes: Indiana county number 73

Shelby County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of 2010, the population was 44,436.[1] The county seat is Shelbyville.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

Shelby County was organized in 1821. It was named for Gen. Isaac Shelby, who defeated the British at the Battle of Kings Mountain in the Revolutionary War. Shelby then became the first Governor of Kentucky. During the War of 1812, he led the army of Kentucky into Canada, and defeated the British at the decisive Battle of the Thames in 1813.

Geography[edit | edit source]

According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 412.76 square miles (1,069.0 km2), of which 411.15 square miles (1,064.9 km2) (or 99.61%) is land and 1.61 square miles (4.2 km2) (or 0.39%) is water.[3]

Cities and towns[edit | edit source]

Unincorporated towns[edit | edit source]

Townships[edit | edit source]

Adjacent counties[edit | edit source]

Major highways[edit | edit source]

Climate and weather[edit | edit source]

Climate chart for Shelbyville, Indiana
temperatures in °Cprecipitation totals in mm
source: The Weather Channel[4]

In recent years, average temperatures in Shelbyville have ranged from a low of 18 °F (−8 °C) in January to a high of 86 °F (30 °C) in July, although a record low of −25 °F (−31.7 °C) was recorded in January 1994 and a record high of 105 °F (41 °C) was recorded in July 1954. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 2.38 inches (60 mm) in January to 4.47 inches (114 mm) in May.[4]

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.[5][6]

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.[5][6]

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.[6]

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 oversee different parts of the county government. Members elected to county government positions are required to declare party affiliations and to be residents of the county.[6]

Current elected officials[edit | edit source]

  • County Commissioners[7]
    • Donald Parker
    • Kevin Nigh
    • Chris Ross
  • County Council
    • Terry Smith
    • Bob Carmony
    • Tom Debaun
    • Brent Fuchs
    • Linda Sanders
    • Tami Grubbs
    • Margaret Brunk

Demographics[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 6,295
1840 12,005 90.7%
1850 15,502 29.1%
1860 19,569 26.2%
1870 21,892 11.9%
1880 25,257 15.4%
1890 25,454 0.8%
1900 26,491 4.1%
1910 26,802 1.2%
1920 25,982 −3.1%
1930 26,552 2.2%
1940 25,953 −2.3%
1950 28,026 8.0%
1960 34,093 21.6%
1970 37,797 10.9%
1980 39,887 5.5%
1990 40,307 1.1%
2000 43,445 7.8%
2010 44,436 2.3%
Est. 2013 44,729 3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790-1960[9] 1900-1990[10]
1990-2000[11] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 43,445 people, 16,561 households, and 12,056 families residing in the county. The population density was 105 people per square mile (41/km²). There were 17,633 housing units at an average density of 43 per square mile (16/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.26% White, 0.76% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.59% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.50% from other races, and 0.68% from two or more races. 1.14% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

40.2% were of English ancestry, 31.1% were of German ancestry, 9.7% were of Irish ancestry according to the 2010 American Community Survey.

There were 16,561 households out of which 34.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.20% were married couples living together, 9.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.20% were non-families. 22.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.70% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 30.60% from 25 to 44, 22.60% from 45 to 64, and 12.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 98.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $43,649, and the median income for a family was $51,271. Males had a median income of $36,809 versus $25,021 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,324. About 4.80% of families and 7.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.70% of those under age 18 and 8.50% of those age 65 or over.

Born in Shelby County[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ a b "Shelby County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-09-25. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Census 2010 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  4. ^ a b "Monthly Averages for Shelbyville, Indiana". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  5. ^ a b Indiana Code. "Title 36, Article 2, Section 3". Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  6. ^ a b c d Indiana Code. "Title 2, Article 10, Section 2". Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  7. ^ "Shelby County Chamber of Commerce". Retrieved 2008-01-04. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Coordinates: 39°31′N 85°47′W / 39.52, -85.79

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