- Wabash County, Indiana
Infobox U.S. County
county = Wabash County
state = Indiana
founded year = 1835
founded date =
seat wl = Wabash
largest city wl =
city type = town
area_total_sq_mi = 421
area_total_km2 = 1091
area_land_sq_mi = 413
area_land_km2 = 1070
area_water_sq_mi = 8
area_water_km2 = 20
area percentage = 1.88%
lat deg =
lat min =
long deg =
long min =
census yr = 2000
pop = 34960
density_sq_mi = 85
density_km2 = 33
time zone = Eastern
named for =
Wabash County is a
countylocated in the U.S. stateof Indiana. As of 2000, the population was 34,960. The county seatis WabashGR|6.
Wabash County was formed in 1835. It was named for the
The name "Wabash" is an English spelling of the French name for the river, "Ouabache." French traders named the river after the Miami Indian word for the river, "Wabashike" (prounounced "Wah-bah-she-keh"), the word for "pure white." Much of the river bottom is white limestone, now obscured by mud.
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.cite web|author=
Indiana Code|url=http://www.in.gov/legislative/ic/code/title36/ar2/ch3.html |title=Title 36, Article 2, Section 3|accessdate=2008-09-16|publisher=IN.gov] cite web|author= Indiana Code|url= http://www.in.gov/legislative/ic/code/title3/ar10/ch2.pdf |title= Title 2, Article 10, Section 2 |accessdate=2008-09-16|publisher=IN.gov]
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, the collection of revenue, and managing the day-to-day functions of the county government.
Court: The county maintains a
small claims courtthat 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 terms of four years. In some cases, court decisions can be appealed to the state level circuit court.
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 serve terms of four years and oversee different parts of the county government. Members elected to any county government position are required to declare a party affiliation and be a resident of the county.
According to the
U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 421 square miles (1,091 km²), of which 413 square miles (1,070 km²) is land and 8 square miles (20 km²) (1.88%) is water.
Cities and towns
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 34,960 people, 13,215 households, and 9,395 families residing in the county. The population densitywas 85 people per square mile (33/km²). There were 14,034 housing units at an average density of 34 per square mile (13/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.38% White, 0.41% Black or African American, 0.66% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.39% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. 1.18% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 35.5% were of German, 21.8% American, 11.2% English and 8.9% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 13,215 households out of which 31.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.00% were married couples living together, 8.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.90% were non-families. 24.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.97.
In the county the population was spread out with 24.50% under the age of 18, 10.30% from 18 to 24, 26.20% from 25 to 44, 23.30% from 45 to 64, and 15.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.90 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $40,413, and the median income for a family was $47,067. Males had a median income of $34,615 versus $21,939 for females. The
per capita incomefor the county was $18,192. About 5.10% of families and 6.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.40% of those under age 18 and 6.50% of those age 65 or over.
first = Richard L. (editor)
last = Forstall
year = 1996
title = Population of states and counties of the United States: 1790 to 1990 : from the twenty-one decennial censuses
publisher = United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Population Division
id = ISBN 0-934213-48-8----http://www.wabasharea.net/
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