This article is based on the corresponding article in another wiki. For Familypedia purposes, it requires significantly more historical detail on phases of this location's development. The ideal article for a place will give the reader a feel for what it was like to live at that location at the time their relatives were alive there. Also desirable are links to organizations that may be repositories of genealogical information..
Please help to improve this page yourself if you can.

Hendricks County, Indiana
Hendricks County Indiana Courthouse.jpg
Hendricks County courthouse in Danville, Indiana
Map of Indiana highlighting Hendricks County
Location in the state of Indiana
Map of the U.S. highlighting Indiana
Indiana's location in the U.S.
Founded 1824
Seat Danville
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

408.88 sq mi (1,059 km²)
408.39 sq mi (1,058 km²)
0.48 sq mi (1 km²), 0.87%
 - (2010)
 - Density

356/sq mi (137.47/km²)
Congressional district 4th

Indiana county number 32

Hendricks County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. The county seat is Danville.[1] As of the 2010 Census, the population was 145,448. It is the 3rd largest county located within the Indianapolis metropolitan area. Hendricks County is currently the second fastest growing county in Indiana and 85th in the nation.[2][3]


According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 408.88 square miles (1,059.0 km2), of which 408.39 square miles (1,057.7 km2) (or 99.88%) is land and 0.48 square miles (1.2 km2) (or 0.12%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[]


Hendricks County was formed in 1824. It was is named for Indiana Governor William Hendricks, who was serving at the time the County was formed.

Climate and weather[]

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

In recent years, average temperatures in Danville 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 −27 °F (−32.8 °C) was recorded in January 1994 and a record high of 106 °F (41 °C) was recorded in July 1936. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 2.41 inches (61 mm) in February to 4.42 inches (112 mm) in July.[5]


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]

Hendricks County is part of Indiana's 4th congressional district; Indiana Senate districts 23 and 24;[8] and Indiana House of Representatives districts 28, 40, 47 and 91.[9]


Age and gender distribution in Hendricks County

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 104,093 people, 37,275 households, and 29,074 families residing in the county. The population density was 255 people per square mile (98/km²). There were 39,229 housing units at an average density of 96 per square mile (37/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.71% White, 1.12% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.66% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.36% from other races, and 0.87% from two or more races. 1.12% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 25.1% were of German, 23.6% American, 13.7% English and 11.4% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 37,275 households out of which 39.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.10% were married couples living together, 7.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.00% were non-families. 18.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the county the population was spread out with 28.00% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 32.30% from 25 to 44, 22.90% from 45 to 64, and 9.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 100.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $55,208, and the median income for a family was $61,689. Males had a median income of $43,820 versus $29,340 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,129. About 2.80% of families and 3.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.20% of those under age 18 and 7.40% of those age 65 or over.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 3,975
1840 11,264 183.4%
1850 14,083 25.0%
1860 16,953 20.4%
1870 20,277 19.6%
1880 22,981 13.3%
1890 21,498 −6.5%
1900 21,292 −1.0%
1910 20,840 −2.1%
1920 20,291 −2.6%
1930 19,725 −2.8%
1940 20,151 2.2%
1950 24,594 22.0%
1960 40,896 66.3%
1970 53,974 32.0%
1980 69,804 29.3%
1990 75,717 8.5%
2000 104,093 37.5%
2010 145,448 39.7%


  • Amo
  • Avon
  • Brownsburg
  • Clayton
  • Coatesville
  • Danville
  • Lizton
  • North Salem
  • Pittsboro
  • Plainfield
  • Stilesville


  • Brown
  • Center
  • Clay
  • Eel River
  • Franklin
  • Guilford
  • Liberty
  • Lincoln
  • Marion
  • Middle
  • Union
  • Washington

See also[]

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Hendricks County, Indiana

External links[]


  • Forstall, Richard L. (editor) (1996). Population of states and counties of the United States: 1790 to 1990 : from the twenty-one decennial censuses. United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Population Division. ISBN 0-934213-48-8. 
Wikimedia Commons has media related to:

Coordinates: 39°46′N 86°31′W / 39.77, -86.51

This page uses content from the English language Wikipedia. The original content was at Hendricks County, Indiana. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with this Familypedia wiki, the content of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons License.