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Bartholomew County, Indiana
BartholomewCoCH.jpg
Bartholomew County courthouse in Columbus, Indiana
Seal of Bartholomew County, Indiana
Seal
Map of Indiana highlighting Bartholomew County
Location in the state of Indiana
Map of the U.S. highlighting Indiana
Indiana's location in the U.S.
Founded 12 February 1821
Named for Joseph Bartholomew
Seat Columbus
Largest city Columbus
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

409.52 sq mi (1,061 km²)
406.91 sq mi (1,054 km²)
2.62 sq mi (7 km²), 0.64%
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

82,208
189/sq mi (72.88/km²)
Congressional district 6th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.bartholomew.in.gov
Footnotes: Indiana county number 3

Bartholomew County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 82,208 at the 2020 census. The county seat is Columbus.[1] The county was determined by the U.S. Census Bureau to be home to the mean center of U.S. population in 1900.[2]

Bartholomew County makes up the Columbus, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is part of the Indianapolis-Carmel-Muncie Combined Statistical Area.

History[]

Bartholomew County was formed on February 12, 1821, and was named for Lt. Col. Joseph Bartholomew, wounded at the Battle of Tippecanoe.[3] The site of the county seat was chosen on February 15, 1821, by a team of commissioners, who suggested the name Tiptona, in honor of John Tipton.

Courthouse[]

The current Bartholomew County courthouse was built from 1870 to 1874 by McCormack and Sweeney of Columbus at a cost of $225,000.

It was designed by architect Isaac Hodgson, who was born in Belfast, Ireland in 1826 and immigrated to the United States in 1848; he designed six Indiana courthouses, including the one in Henry County.

The courthouse is built largely of brick and has mansard roofs typical of the Second Empire French style. Its asymmetrical "L" shape allows it to face two major streets in Columbus. The inscription indicating the commissioners, architect and date is high up on the east facade.[4]

Today the Bartholomew County Veterans Memorial designed by American architect Charles Rose sits adjacent to the Courthouse.

Geography[]

Map of Bartholomew County

According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 409.52 square miles (1,060.7 km2), of which 406.91 square miles (1,053.9 km2) (or 99.36%) is land and 2.62 square miles (6.8 km2) (or 0.64%) is water.[5] Camp Atterbury occupies the northwestern corner of the county.

Adjacent counties[]

City[]

Towns[]

  • Clifford
  • Edinburgh
  • Elizabethtown
  • Hartsville
  • Hope
  • Jonesville

Census-designated place[]

  • Taylorsville

Other unincorporated places[]

  • Azalia
  • Bethany
  • Bethel Village
  • Burnsville
  • Corn Brook
  • Everroad Park
  • Flat Rock Park
  • Garden City
  • Grammer
  • Grandview Lake
  • Jewell Village
  • Lowell
  • Mount Healthy
  • Newbern
  • North Columbus
  • North Gate
  • North Ogilville
  • Northcliff
  • Nortonburg
  • Ogilville
  • Old Saint Louis
  • Parkside
  • Petersville
  • Pleasant View Village
  • Rosstown
  • Rugby
  • Saint Louis Crossing
  • Stony Lonesome
  • Walesboro
  • Waymansville
  • Waynesville

Extinct towns[]

  • Kansas

Townships[]

  • Clay
  • Clifty
  • Columbus
  • Flat Rock
  • German
  • Harrison
  • Haw Creek
  • Jackson
  • Ohio
  • Rock Creek
  • Sand Creek
  • Wayne

Major highways[]

  • I-65.svg Interstate 65
  • US 31.svg U.S. Route 31
  • Indiana 7.svg State Road 7
  • Indiana 9.svg State Road 9
  • Indiana 11.svg State Road 11
  • Indiana 46.svg State Road 46
  • Indiana 58.svg State Road 58

Airport[]

  • KBAK - Columbus Municipal Airport

Railroads[]

  • Louisville and Indiana Railroad

Climate and weather[]

Climate chart for Columbus, Indiana
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source: The Weather Channel[6]

In recent years, average temperatures in Columbus have ranged from a low of 19 °F (−7 °C) in January to a high of 86 °F (30 °C) in July, although a record low of −27 °F (−32.8 °C) was recorded in January 1912 and a record high of 111 °F (44 °C) was recorded in July 1934. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 2.63 inches (67 mm) in February to 4.63 inches (118 mm) in May.[6]

Government[]

Bartholomew County
Sheriff's Department
Agency overview
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction Bartholomew, Indiana, United States
Legal jurisdiction As per operations jurisdiction
General nature
  • Local civilian police
Operational structure
Agency executive
  • Matt Myers, Sheriff
Facilities
Notables
Website

Politics[]

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.[7][8]

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.[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 a party affiliation and to be residents of the county.[8]

Bartholomew County is part of Indiana's 6th congressional district and Indiana's 9th congressional district; Indiana Senate district 41;[9] and Indiana House of Representatives districts 57, 59 and 65.[10]

United States presidential election results for Bartholomew County, Indiana[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 22,410 61.74% 12,934 35.63% 956 2.63%
2016 20,640 63.09% 9,841 30.08% 2,236 6.83%
2012 18,083 61.52% 10,625 36.15% 684 2.33%
2008 17,067 54.90% 13,567 43.64% 455 1.46%
2004 19,093 66.96% 9,191 32.23% 231 0.81%
2000 16,200 62.87% 9,015 34.98% 554 2.15%
1996 13,188 51.60% 9,301 36.39% 3,069 12.01%
1992 13,146 47.91% 8,284 30.19% 6,010 21.90%
1988 17,364 66.05% 8,804 33.49% 123 0.47%
1984 18,704 69.35% 8,075 29.94% 191 0.71%
1980 15,801 58.58% 9,260 34.33% 1,913 7.09%
1976 14,771 56.41% 11,203 42.78% 213 0.81%
1972 17,365 70.87% 6,974 28.46% 163 0.67%
1968 13,628 55.80% 8,268 33.85% 2,528 10.35%
1964 11,026 45.77% 12,940 53.72% 124 0.51%
1960 13,606 59.09% 9,290 40.35% 130 0.56%
1956 12,227 59.78% 8,134 39.77% 92 0.45%
1952 11,462 58.77% 7,844 40.22% 196 1.01%
1948 7,804 48.74% 7,960 49.71% 248 1.55%
1944 7,689 50.99% 7,139 47.34% 252 1.67%
1940 7,890 48.84% 8,180 50.63% 86 0.53%
1936 6,484 42.92% 8,536 56.50% 87 0.58%
1932 6,015 43.16% 7,533 54.05% 390 2.80%
1928 6,788 57.76% 4,881 41.53% 83 0.71%
1924 6,606 56.62% 4,760 40.80% 302 2.59%
1920 6,585 53.93% 5,420 44.39% 205 1.68%
1916 3,287 47.08% 3,441 49.29% 253 3.62%
1912 1,321 20.26% 3,147 48.26% 2,053 31.48%
1908 3,306 46.13% 3,637 50.75% 224 3.13%
1904 3,510 51.60% 3,038 44.66% 254 3.73%
1900 2,375 41.08% 3,300 57.07% 107 1.85%
1896 3,264 50.03% 3,198 49.02% 62 0.95%
1892 2,297 40.38% 3,217 56.56% 174 3.06%
1888 2,742 46.27% 3,109 52.46% 75 1.27%



Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 5,476
1840 10,042 83.4%
1850 12,428 23.8%
1860 17,865 43.7%
1870 21,133 18.3%
1880 22,777 7.8%
1890 23,867 4.8%
1900 24,594 3.0%
1910 24,813 0.9%
1920 23,887 −3.7%
1930 24,864 4.1%
1940 28,276 13.7%
1950 36,108 27.7%
1960 48,198 33.5%
1970 57,022 18.3%
1980 65,088 14.1%
1990 63,657 −2.2%
2000 71,435 12.2%
2010 76,794 7.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[12][13]
1790-1960[14] 1900-1990[15]
1990-2000[16] 2010-2020[17]

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 82,208 people and 31,452 households residing in the county.[18] The population density was 188.7 inhabitants per square mile (72.9 /km2). There were 33,098 housing units at an average density of 81.3 per square mile (31.4 /km2).[5] Per the 2020 census, the racial makeup of the county was 80.0% white, 6.6% Asian, 2.2% black or African American, 0.4% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 4.7% from other races, and 6.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 8.8% of the population.[18] In terms of ancestry, according the 2010 census, 28.5% were German, 12.4% were English, 12.2% were Irish, and 10.7% were American.[19]

Of the 29,860 households in 2010, 34.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.1% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.4% were non-families, and 25.3% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.02. The median age was 38.2 years.[18]

In 2010, the median income for a household in the county was $47,697 and the median income for a family was $64,024. Males had a median income of $50,358 versus $32,334 for females; the per capita income for the county was $26,860; and approximately 7.7% of families and 10.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.8% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.[20]

Education[]

Public schools in Bartholomew County are administered by the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation and the Flat Rock-Hawcreek School Corporation. The county's first tuition-free public charter school, the International School of Columbus, a middle school/high school, opened in 2009–10. The ISC was an International Baccalaureate World School offering the Diploma Program. The ISC closed due to financial difficulties in the fall of 2013.

Ivy Tech Community College Columbus is located in Bartholomew County.[21]

See also[]

  • The Republic, daily newspaper covering Bartholomew County
  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Bartholomew County, Indiana

References[]

  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. 
  2. ^ "Mean Center of Population for the United States: 1790 to 2000". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/geo/www/cenpop/meanctr.pdf. 
  3. ^ Baker, Ronald L.; Carmony, Marvin (1975). Indiana Place Names. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press. p. 9. 
  4. ^ Counts, Will; Jon Dilts (1991). The 92 Magnificent Indiana Courthouses. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press. pp. 12–13. ISBN 978-0-253-33638-5. 
  5. ^ a b "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/DEC/10_SF1/GCTPH1.CY10/0500000US18005. 
  6. ^ a b "Monthly Averages for Columbus, Indiana". The Weather Channel. http://www.weather.com/weather/wxclimatology/monthly/graph/USIN0126. 
  7. ^ a b Indiana Code. "Title 36, Article 2, Section 3". IN.gov. http://www.in.gov/legislative/ic/code/title36/ar2/ch3.html. 
  8. ^ a b c d Indiana Code. "Title 2, Article 10, Section 2". IN.gov. http://www.in.gov/legislative/ic/code/title3/ar10/ch2.pdf. 
  9. ^ "Indiana Senate Districts". State of Indiana. http://www.in.gov/sos/elections/3006.htm. 
  10. ^ "Indiana House Districts". State of Indiana. http://www.in.gov/sos/elections/3005.htm. 
  11. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS. 
  12. ^ "Indiana's Census 2020 Redistricting Data Dashboard". Census.gov. https://www.census.indiana.edu/. 
  13. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census.html. 
  14. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu. 
  15. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/in190090.txt. 
  16. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t4/tables/tab02.pdf. 
  17. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=PEP_2018_PEPANNRES&prodType=table. 
  18. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/DEC/10_DP/DPDP1/0500000US18005. 
  19. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/10_5YR/DP02/0400000US18%7c0500000US18005. 
  20. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/10_5YR/DP03/0400000US18%7c0500000US18005. 
  21. ^ "Columbus - Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana". https://www.ivytech.edu/columbus/index.html. 

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