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Kosciusko County, Indiana
Kosciusko County Courthouse from southeast near sunset.jpg
Kosciusko County Courthouse in Warsaw
Map of Indiana highlighting Kosciusko County
Location in the state of Indiana
Map of the U.S. highlighting Indiana
Indiana's location in the U.S.
Founded 7 February 1835 (authorized)
1836 (organized)
Named for Tadeusz Kościuszko
Seat Warsaw
Largest city Warsaw
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

554.39 sq mi (1,436 km²)
531.38 sq mi (1,376 km²)
23.01 sq mi (60 km²), 4.15%
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

80,240
auto/sq mi (Expression error: Unrecognized word "auto"./km²)
Congressional districts 2nd, 3rd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.kcgov.com
Footnotes: Indiana county number 43

Kosciusko County ( /ˌkɒskiˈʌsk/ KOS-kee-US-koh) is a county in the U.S. state of Indiana. At the 2020 United States Census, its population was 80,240.[1] The county seat (and only incorporated city) is Warsaw.[2]

The county was organized in 1836. It was named for the Polish general Tadeusz Kościuszko who served in the American Revolutionary War and then returned to Poland.[3] The county seat is named for Warsaw, the capital of Poland.[4]

History[]

The Indiana State Legislature passed an omnibus county bill[5] on 7 February 1835 that authorized the creation of thirteen counties[6] in northeast Indiana, including Kosciusko. The county government was organized beginning in 1836. The county's boundary lines have remained unchanged since 1835.

Geographical features[]

Kosciusko County terrain consists of low rolling hills dotted with bodies of water and drainages, with all available area devoted to agriculture or urban development.[7] Its highest point (1025'/312 meters ASL) is a hill NE of Dewart Lake.[8] The Tippecanoe River flows westward through the central part of the county, while the Eel River flows southwestward through the county's SE corner.[7]

According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 554.39 square miles (1,435.9 km2), of which 531.38 square miles (1,376.3 km2) (or 95.85%) is land and 23.01 square miles (59.6 km2) (or 4.15%) is water.[9]

Adjacent counties[]

Major highways[]

  • US 30.svg U.S. Route 30
  • Indiana 10.svg Indiana State Road 10
  • Indiana 13.svg Indiana State Road 13
  • Indiana 14.svg Indiana State Road 14
  • Indiana 15.svg Indiana State Road 15
  • Indiana 19.svg Indiana State Road 19
  • Indiana 25.svg Indiana State Road 25

Lakes[]

  • Banning Lake
  • Beaver Dam Lake
  • Big Barbie Lake
  • Big Chapman Lake
  • Carr Lake
  • Center Lake
  • Dewart Lake
  • Diamond Lake
  • Fish Lake
  • Goose Lake
  • Hoffman Lake
  • Hill Lake
  • Irish Lake
  • James Lake
  • Kuhn Lake
  • Lake Wawasee
  • Little Barbee Lake
  • Little Chapman Lake
  • Loon Lake
  • McClures Lake
  • Muskellunge Lake
  • Palestine Lake
  • Papakeechie Lake
  • Pike Lake
  • Ridinger Lake
  • Rock Lake (part)
  • Sechrist Lake
  • Shoe Lake
  • Silver Lake
  • Syracuse Lake
  • Tippecanoe Lake
  • Waubee Lake
  • Winona Lake
  • Yellow Creek Lake[7]

Protected areas[]

  • Center Lake Wetland Conservation Area
  • Edmund and Virginia Ball Nature Preserve
  • Pisgah Marsh Nongame Area (part)[7]

City and towns[]

  • Burket
  • Claypool
  • Etna Green
  • Leesburg
  • Mentone
  • Milford
  • North Webster
  • Pierceton
  • Sidney
  • Silver Lake
  • Syracuse
  • Warsaw (city)
  • Winona Lake

Unincorporated communities[]

  • Arrowhead Park
  • Atwood
  • Barbee
  • Bayfield
  • Beaver Dam
  • Bell Rohr Park
  • Buttermilk Point
  • Cedar Point
  • Clunette
  • DeFries Landing
  • Enchanted Hills
  • Epworth Forest
  • Forest Glen
  • Gravelton
  • Hastings
  • Highbanks
  • Highlands Park
  • Island Park
  • Kalorama Park
  • Kanata Manayunk
  • Kinsey
  • Lakeside Park
  • Lakeview Spring
  • Lowman Corner
  • Marineland Gardens
  • Milford Junction
  • Mineral Springs
  • Monoquet
  • Musquabuck Park
  • Oakwood Park
  • Osborn Landing
  • Oswego
  • Packerton
  • Palestine
  • Pickwick Park
  • Potawatomi Park
  • Quaker Haven Park
  • Redmon Park
  • Sevastopol
  • Shady Banks
  • South Park
  • Stoneburner Landing
  • Stony Ridge
  • Vawter Park
  • Walker Park
  • Wawasee
  • Wawasee Village
  • Wa-Will-Away Park
  • Wooster
  • Yellowbanks

Townships[]

  • Clay
  • Etna
  • Franklin
  • Harrison
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson
  • Lake
  • Monroe
  • Plain
  • Prairie
  • Scott
  • Seward
  • Tippecanoe
  • Turkey Creek
  • Van Buren
  • Washington
  • Wayne

Airports[]

  • KASW - Warsaw Municipal Airport
  • KC03 - Nappannee Municipal Airport[10]

Climate and weather[]

Climate chart for Warsaw, Indiana
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temperatures in °Cprecipitation totals in mm
source: The Weather Channel[11]

In recent years, average temperatures in Warsaw have ranged from a low of 15 °F (−9 °C) in January to a high of 82 °F (28 °C) in July, although a record low of −25 °F (−31.7 °C) was recorded in January 1985 and a record high of 103 °F (39 °C) was recorded in July 1976. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.45 inches (37 mm) in February to 4.51 inches (115 mm) in June.[11]

Community[]

Southern Kosciusko County is dotted with small lakes like Beaver Dam Lake (foreground) near Silver Lake.

Newspapers[]

Radio Stations[]

Government[]

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 legislative branch of the county government; controls spending and revenue collection in the county. Representatives, elected to four-year terms from county districts, are responsible for setting salaries, the annual budget, and special spending. The council 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.[12][13]

Board of Commissioners: The executive body of the county; commissioners are elected countywide to staggered four-year terms. One commissioner serves as president. The commissioners execute the acts legislated by the council, collect revenue, and manage the county government.[12][13]

Court: The county maintains a small claims court that handles civil cases. The county also maintains a Circuit and Superior Court. The judge on each court is elected to a term of six years and must be a member of the Indiana bar.

County Officials: The county has other elected offices, including sheriff, coroner, auditor, treasurer, recorder, surveyor, and circuit court clerk. The officials are elected countywide to four-year terms. Members elected to county government positions are required to declare party affiliations and to be residents of the county.[13]

Kosciusko County is part of Indiana's 2nd and 3rd congressional districts. It is also part of Indiana Senate districts 9, 13, 17 and 18[14] and Indiana House of Representatives districts 18, 22 and 23.[15]

Elected officials:

  • Kyle Dukes - Sheriff
  • Daniel Hampton - Prosecutor
  • Susan Engelberth - Assessor
  • Michelle Puckett - Auditor
  • Ann Torpy - Clerk
  • Joetta Mitchell - County Recorder
  • Sue Ann Mitchell - Treasurer
  • Cary P. Groninger - Middle District Commissioner
  • Robert M. Conley, President - Southern District Commissioner
  • Bradford Jackson - Northern District Commissioner
  • Tony Ciriello, Certified Death Investigator, Coroner

Kosciusko County is a Republican Party stronghold in presidential elections. Woodrow Wilson in 1912 and Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932 are the only two Democratic Party candidates to win the county from 1888 to the present day.

United States presidential election results for Kosciusko County, Indiana[16]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 26,499 73.85% 8,364 23.31% 1,021 2.85%
2016 23,935 73.78% 6,313 19.46% 2,193 6.76%
2012 22,558 74.84% 6,862 22.77% 720 2.39%
2008 20,488 67.87% 9,236 30.60% 461 1.53%
2004 22,136 78.05% 5,977 21.08% 247 0.87%
2000 19,040 75.30% 5,785 22.88% 459 1.82%
1996 15,084 62.99% 6,166 25.75% 2,695 11.25%
1992 14,179 57.44% 5,307 21.50% 5,197 21.05%
1988 17,761 76.68% 5,321 22.97% 81 0.35%
1984 17,560 77.88% 4,877 21.63% 110 0.49%
1980 15,633 68.78% 5,684 25.01% 1,413 6.22%
1976 14,505 65.56% 7,328 33.12% 291 1.32%
1972 16,216 78.93% 4,233 20.60% 96 0.47%
1968 12,633 63.98% 5,342 27.06% 1,769 8.96%
1964 10,488 54.10% 8,759 45.18% 141 0.73%
1960 13,539 69.11% 5,839 29.80% 213 1.09%
1956 12,777 71.68% 4,904 27.51% 143 0.80%
1952 11,521 68.95% 4,677 27.99% 512 3.06%
1948 9,327 62.79% 5,102 34.35% 426 2.87%
1944 9,577 65.11% 4,865 33.08% 266 1.81%
1940 9,879 62.68% 5,768 36.60% 113 0.72%
1936 8,182 53.90% 6,890 45.39% 107 0.70%
1932 7,063 47.75% 7,475 50.54% 253 1.71%
1928 7,973 63.18% 4,537 35.95% 110 0.87%
1924 6,819 58.33% 4,384 37.50% 487 4.17%
1920 8,326 61.66% 4,836 35.81% 342 2.53%
1916 4,025 51.18% 3,447 43.83% 393 5.00%
1912 1,767 24.47% 2,817 39.02% 2,636 36.51%
1908 4,377 54.45% 3,362 41.82% 300 3.73%
1904 4,550 57.88% 2,913 37.06% 398 5.06%
1900 4,422 56.27% 3,265 41.54% 172 2.19%
1896 4,342 55.61% 3,372 43.19% 94 1.20%
1892 3,823 53.24% 3,064 42.67% 294 4.09%
1888 4,147 55.81% 3,081 41.46% 203 2.73%



Education[]

School districts[]

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 4,170
1850 10,243 145.6%
1860 17,418 70.0%
1870 23,531 35.1%
1880 26,494 12.6%
1890 28,645 8.1%
1900 29,109 1.6%
1910 27,936 −4.0%
1920 27,120 −2.9%
1930 27,488 1.4%
1940 29,561 7.5%
1950 33,002 11.6%
1960 40,373 22.3%
1970 48,127 19.2%
1980 59,555 23.7%
1990 65,294 9.6%
2000 74,057 13.4%
2010 77,358 4.5%
US Decennial Census[17]
1790-1960[18] 1900-1990[19]
1990-2000[20] 2010-2020[21] 2020[1]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 77,358 people, 29,197 households, and 20,740 families in the county.[22] The population density was 145.6 inhabitants per square mile (56.2 /km2). There were 37,038 housing units at an average density of 69.7 per square mile (26.9 /km2).[9] The racial makeup of the county was 93.3% white, 0.8% Asian, 0.7% black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 3.4% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 7.3% of the population.[22] In terms of ancestry, 33.5% were German, 11.5% were Irish, 10.8% were English, and 8.2% were American.[23]

Of the 29,197 households, 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.6% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.0% were non-families, and 23.9% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.07. The median age was 37.7 years.[22]

The median income for a household in the county was $47,697 and the median income for a family was $56,305. Males had a median income of $44,358 versus $29,320 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,019. About 7.0% of families and 10.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.5% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.[24]

Notable residents[]

  • Ambrose Bierce, Civil War veteran, author, newspaper columnist
  • Chris Schenkel, former Sportscaster for ABC Sports. Resided in Leesburg, Indiana.[25]
  • Rick Fox, retired NBA player. Resided in Warsaw, Indiana.

See also[]

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

References[]

  1. ^ a b 2020 Population and Housing State Data | Indiana
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Government Printing Office. p. 177. https://archive.org/details/bub_gb_9V1IAAAAMAAJ. 
  4. ^ De Witt Clinton Goodrich & Charles Richard Tuttle (1875). An Illustrated History of the State of Indiana. Indiana: R. S. Peale & Co.. p. 563. https://archive.org/details/anillustratedhi02tuttgoog. 
  5. ^ John W Tyndall & OE Lesh, Standard history of Adams and Wells Counties, Indiana. pp. 284-6 (accessed 9 August 2020)
  6. ^ The counties are Dekalb, Fulton, Jasper, Jay, Kosciusko, Marshall, Newton, Porter, Pulaski, Stark, Steuben, Wells, and Whitley. Newton County was merged with Jasper County in 1839, and was re-authorized as a separate county in 1859.
  7. ^ a b c d Kosciusko County IN (Google Maps, accessed 30 July 2020)
  8. ^ Kosciusko County High Point, Indiana (PeakBagger.com, accessed 30 July 2020)
  9. ^ a b "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". US Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/DEC/10_SF1/GCTPH1.CY10/0500000US18085. 
  10. ^ Nappanee Municipal Airport, Nappanee IN (Google Maps, accessed 30 July 2020)
  11. ^ a b "Monthly Averages for Warsaw IN". The Weather Channel. http://www.weather.com/weather/wxclimatology/monthly/graph/USIN0697. 
  12. ^ a b Indiana Code. "Title 36, Article 2, Section 3". IN.gov. http://www.in.gov/legislative/ic/code/title36/ar2/ch3.html. 
  13. ^ a b c Indiana Code. "Title 2, Article 10, Section 2". IN.gov. http://www.in.gov/legislative/ic/code/title3/ar10/ch2.pdf. 
  14. ^ "Indiana Senate Districts". State of Indiana. http://www.in.gov/sos/elections/3006.htm. 
  15. ^ "Indiana House Districts". State of Indiana. http://www.in.gov/sos/elections/3005.htm. 
  16. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS. 
  17. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census.html. 
  18. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu. 
  19. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/in190090.txt. 
  20. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". US Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t4/tables/tab02.pdf. 
  21. ^ "Kosciusko County QuickFacts". US Census Bureau. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/18/18085.html. 
  22. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". US Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/DEC/10_DP/DPDP1/0500000US18085. 
  23. ^ "Selected Social Characteristics in the US – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/10_5YR/DP02/0400000US18%7c0500000US18085. 
  24. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/10_5YR/DP03/0400000US18%7c0500000US18085. 
  25. ^ (clunette.com/Schenkel)

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Sources[]

Coordinates: 41°14′N 85°52′W / 41.24, -85.86


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