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Huntington County, Indiana
Huntington County Courthouse in Huntington from the southeast
Huntington County Courthouse in Huntington
Map of Indiana highlighting Huntington County
Location in the state of Indiana
Map of USA IN
Indiana's location in the U.S.
Founded 1832
Named for Samuel H. Huntington
Seat Huntington
Largest city Huntington
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

387.72 sq mi (1,004 km²)
382.65 sq mi (991 km²)
5.07 sq mi (13 km²), 1.31%
 - (2010)
 - Density

97/sq mi (37.46/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Footnotes: Indiana county number 35

Huntington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. According to Census 2010, the population was 37,124.[1] The county seat and lone city is Huntington.[2]

Huntington County comprises the Huntington, IN Micropolitan Statistical Area and is included in the Fort Wayne–Huntington–Auburn Combined Statistical Area


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.[3]


The city of Huntington from the southwest.

Adjacent countiesEdit


Huntington County was formed in 1832. It was named for Samuel Huntington, who signed the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation.[4] He was also President of the Continental Congress under the Articles of Confederation.

Notable natives and former residentsEdit

Public ServantsEdit

  • Sam Cook (1860–1946), Served as a US Congressman
  • J. Danforth Quayle, Vice-President of the United States, U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative
  • J. Edward Roush (1920–2004), U.S. Representative, Father of "911 Emergency System"
  • John R. Kissinger (1877–1946), Congressional Medal of Honor and was featured in the movie, Yellow Jack.


  • Chris Schenkel, (1923-2005) Emmy Award winning sportscaster
  • Denny Jiosa, Grammy nominated jazz guitarist and composer
  • Archbishop John F. Noll (1875–1956), founded Our Sunday Visitor, the world's largest Catholic weekly newspaper. Founded Victory Noll and St. Felix Monastery.
  • Sandy Thomson, Chief Weather Specialist, WANE-TV Fort Wayne


  • Mick Mars, Played guitar with the four man heavy metal rock group Mötley Crüe.
  • Eiffel G. Plasterer, in the mid-1900s, toured America with his "Bubbles Concerto" program. He was a pioneer in soap bubble art and invented unique bubble-making techniques and equipment.


Points of interest Edit

Cities and towns Edit


Unincorporated communitiesEdit

Education Edit

School district Edit

Private schools Edit

Higher educationEdit

News and Media Edit

Newspapers Edit

Radio Edit

Transportation Edit

Major highwaysEdit

Climate and weather Edit

Climate chart for Huntington, Indiana
temperatures in °Cprecipitation totals in mm
source: The Weather Channel[6]

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 (−33.3 °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.[6]


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.[7][8]

Board of Commissioners: The executive and legislative 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 collecting revenue, and managing the day-to-day functions of the county government.[7][8]

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.[8]

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.[8]

Huntington County is part of Indiana's 5th congressional district; Indiana Senate district 17;[9] and Indiana House of Representatives district 50.[10]


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 1,579
1850 7,850 397.2%
1860 14,867 89.4%
1870 19,036 28.0%
1880 21,805 14.5%
1890 27,644 26.8%
1900 28,901 4.5%
1910 28,982 0.3%
1920 31,671 9.3%
1930 29,073 −8.2%
1940 29,931 3.0%
1950 31,400 4.9%
1960 33,814 7.7%
1970 34,970 3.4%
1980 35,596 1.8%
1990 35,427 −0.5%
2000 38,075 7.5%
2010 37,124 −2.5%
Est. 2013 36,791 −3.4%
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 38,075 people, 14,242 households, and 10,282 families residing in the county. The population density was 100 people per square mile (38/km²). There were 15,269 housing units at an average density of 40 per square mile (15/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.15% White, 0.18% Black or African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. 0.95% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 39.0% were of German, 21.5% American, 8.4% Irish and 8.1% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 14,242 households out of which 34.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.40% were married couples living together, 9.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.80% were non-families. 23.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.10% under the age of 18, 9.90% from 18 to 24, 28.10% from 25 to 44, 21.80% from 45 to 64, and 14.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 94.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $41,620, and the median income for a family was $49,031. Males had a median income of $34,894 versus $21,693 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,480. About 3.70% of families and 5.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.20% of those under age 18 and 5.70% of those age 65 or over.

See alsoEdit

Further readingEdit


  1. ^ a b "Huntington County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  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. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off.. pp. 163. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ a b "Monthly Averages for Huntington, Indiana". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  7. ^ a b Indiana Code. "Title 36, Article 2, Section 3". Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  8. ^ a b c d Indiana Code. "Title 2, Article 10, Section 2". Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  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. 

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 40°50′N 85°29′W / 40.83, -85.49

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