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Noble County, Indiana
Noble County Indiana Courthouse.jpg
Noble County Courthouse in Albion
Map of Indiana highlighting Noble 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 Governor Noah Noble
Seat Albion
Largest city Kendallville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

417.43 sq mi (1,081 km²)
410.84 sq mi (1,064 km²)
6.59 sq mi (17 km²), 1.58%
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

47,457
115.7/sq mi (45/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website http://nobleco.squarespace.com/
Footnotes: Indiana county number 57

Noble County is a county in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of the 2020 United States Census, the population was 47,457.[1] The county seat is Albion.[2] The county is divided into 13 townships which provide local services.[3][4]

Noble County comprises the Kendallville, IN Micropolitan Statistical Area and is included in the Fort Wayne-Huntington-Auburn, IN Combined Statistical Area.

History[]

Noble County's government was organized beginning in 1836. The county was named for a family that was influential in Indiana politics at the time, including the Indiana governor at the time (1831-1837) Noah Noble and his brother, James, who served as the state's first senator after it gained statehood.[5]

Noble County's first homesteaders came from New England, known as "Yankees"; people descended from the English Puritans who settled New England in the 1600s. They were part of a wave of New Englanders who migrated west to what was then the Northwest Territory during the early 1800s. This migration was sparked as a result of the completion of the Erie Canal and conclusion of the Black Hawk War. They founded the towns of Kendallville and Albion.[6]

Geography[]

Noble County is in the state's northeast corner. Its low, rolling terrain is dotted with lakes and wetlands, but is otherwise entirely devoted to agriculture or urban development.[7] Its highest point (1,073 feet/327 meters ASL), Sand Hill in Wayne Township, near the county's north line with LaGrange County,[8] is the state's second-highest named point.[9] The Elkhart River flows from the NW part of the county into Elkhart County.

According to the 2010 United States Census, Noble County has a total area of 417.43 square miles (1,081.1 km2), of which 410.84 square miles (1,064.1 km2) (or 98.42%) is land and 6.59 square miles (17.1 km2) (or 1.58%) is water.[10]

Adjacent counties[]

Cities[]

  • Kendallville
  • Ligonier

Towns[]

  • Albion
  • Avilla
  • Cromwell
  • Rome City
  • Wolcottville

Unincorporated communities[]

  • Ari
  • Bakertown
  • Bear Lake
  • Brimfield
  • Burr Oak
  • Cosperville
  • Egans Point
  • Ege
  • Green Center
  • Grismore
  • Indian Village
  • Kimmell (census-designated place)
  • LaOtto
  • Lisbon
  • Merriam
  • Ormas
  • Port Mitchell
  • Swan
  • Wakeville Village
  • Washington Center
  • Wawaka
  • Wayne Center
  • Wilmot
  • Wolf Lake

Townships[]

  • Albion
  • Allen
  • Elkhart
  • Green
  • Jefferson
  • Noble
  • Orange
  • Perry
  • Sparta
  • Swan
  • Washington
  • Wayne
  • York

Major highways[]

  • US 6.svg U.S. Route 6
  • US 33.svg U.S. Route 33
  • Indiana 3.svg Indiana State Road 3
  • Indiana 5.svg Indiana State Road 5
  • Indiana 8.svg Indiana State Road 8
  • Indiana 9.svg Indiana State Road 9
  • Indiana 109.svg Indiana State Road 109
  • Indiana 205.svg Indiana State Road 205

Major lakes[]

  • Axel Lake
  • Bartley Lake
  • Big Lake
  • Bixler Lake
  • Bristol Lake
  • Cree Lake
  • Crooked Lake (part)
  • Diamond Lake
  • Eagle Lake
  • Engle Lake
  • Gordy Lake
  • Grannis Lake
  • Jones Lake
  • Knapp Lake
  • Latta Lake
  • Lindsey Lake
  • Little Long Lake
  • Loon Lake (part)
  • Lower Long Lake
  • Marl Lake
  • Millers Lake
  • Moore Lake
  • Moss Lake
  • Mud
  • Pleasant Lake
  • Port Mitchell Lake
  • Roudy Lake
  • Round Lake
  • Schockopee Lake
  • Skinner Lake
  • Sparta Lake
  • Summit Lake
  • Sylvan Lake
  • Upper Long Lake
  • Waldron Lake
  • West Lakes
  • Wible Lake[7]

Protected areas[]

  • Chain O'Lakes State Park
  • Eagle Lake Wetland Conservation Area
  • Hammer Wetland Nature Preserve
  • Mallard Roost Wetland Conservation Area
  • Mendenhall Wetland Conservation Area
  • Pioneer Trails Camp
  • Rome City Wetland Conservation Area
  • West Lakes Conservation Inc Tract[7]

Climate and weather[]

Climate chart for Albion, Indiana
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4.44
 
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3.58
 
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2.80
 
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3.31
 
48
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2.86
 
36
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temperatures in °Cprecipitation totals in mm
source: The Weather Channel[11]

In recent years, average temperatures in Albion have ranged from a low of 14 °F (−10 °C) in January to a high of 83 °F (28 °C) in July, although a record low of −24 °F (−31.1 °C) was recorded in January 1994 and a record high of 103 °F (39 °C) was recorded in June 1988. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.80 inches (46 mm) in February to 4.44 inches (113 mm) in June.[11]

Government[]

The county government is a constitutional body granted specific powers by the Constitution of Indiana and the Indiana Code. The county council is the legislative branch of the county government, controlling spending and revenue collection. Representatives are elected to four-year terms from county districts. The council members 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]

The executive body of the county is the board of commissioners. The commissioners are elected county-wide 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]

The county maintains a small claims court that handles 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 elected to a four-year term. In some cases, court decisions can be appealed to the state level circuit court.[13]

The county has other elected offices, including sheriff, coroner, auditor, treasurer, recorder, surveyor and circuit court clerk. Each officer 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 be residents of the county.[13]

Each township has a trustee who administers rural fire protection and ambulance service, provides poor relief and manages cemetery care, among other duties.[4] The trustee is assisted in these duties by a three-member township board. The trustees and board members are elected to four-year terms.[14]

Noble County is part of Indiana's 3rd congressional district and is represented by Jim Banks in the United States Congress.[15] It is part of Indiana Senate district 13[16] and Indiana House of Representatives district 82.[17]

United States presidential election results for Noble County, Indiana[18]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 14,195 73.87% 4,660 24.25% 362 1.88%
2016 12,198 71.32% 3,904 22.83% 1,002 5.86%
2012 10,680 65.63% 5,229 32.13% 364 2.24%
2008 9,673 56.88% 7,064 41.54% 270 1.59%
2004 10,859 69.26% 4,703 30.00% 117 0.75%
2000 9,103 64.03% 4,822 33.92% 291 2.05%
1996 6,782 50.17% 5,101 37.73% 1,636 12.10%
1992 5,883 42.90% 4,411 32.17% 3,419 24.93%
1988 7,889 65.26% 4,143 34.27% 57 0.47%
1984 8,459 65.74% 4,237 32.93% 171 1.33%
1980 7,624 57.40% 4,721 35.54% 937 7.05%
1976 6,885 52.91% 5,875 45.15% 253 1.94%
1972 7,916 64.75% 4,250 34.76% 60 0.49%
1968 6,699 51.35% 5,075 38.90% 1,272 9.75%
1964 5,682 42.52% 7,621 57.03% 60 0.45%
1960 8,069 60.27% 5,264 39.32% 54 0.40%
1956 8,175 66.64% 4,028 32.84% 64 0.52%
1952 8,203 65.39% 4,151 33.09% 190 1.51%
1948 6,503 57.33% 4,676 41.22% 165 1.45%
1944 7,200 62.89% 4,174 36.46% 74 0.65%
1940 7,443 59.46% 5,014 40.06% 60 0.48%
1936 5,760 48.26% 5,990 50.18% 186 1.56%
1932 5,304 44.32% 6,538 54.63% 126 1.05%
1928 6,338 59.76% 4,207 39.67% 60 0.57%
1924 5,793 55.72% 4,163 40.04% 441 4.24%
1920 6,820 60.82% 4,148 36.99% 245 2.18%
1916 3,417 51.33% 3,069 46.10% 171 2.57%
1912 1,443 22.89% 2,888 45.81% 1,973 31.30%
1908 3,507 50.72% 3,249 46.99% 158 2.29%
1904 3,683 55.57% 2,785 42.02% 160 2.41%
1900 3,100 49.18% 3,077 48.82% 126 2.00%
1896 3,372 51.78% 3,071 47.16% 69 1.06%
1892 2,823 47.09% 2,879 48.02% 293 4.89%
1888 3,026 49.16% 2,979 48.39% 151 2.45%



Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 2,702
1850 7,946 194.1%
1860 14,915 87.7%
1870 20,389 36.7%
1880 22,956 12.6%
1890 23,359 1.8%
1900 23,533 0.7%
1910 24,009 2.0%
1920 22,470 −6.4%
1930 22,404 −0.3%
1940 22,776 1.7%
1950 25,075 10.1%
1960 28,162 12.3%
1970 31,382 11.4%
1980 35,443 12.9%
1990 37,877 6.9%
2000 46,275 22.2%
2010 47,536 2.7%
US Decennial Census[19]
1790-1960[20] 1900-1990[21]
1990-2000[22] 2010-2020[1] 2018[23]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 47,536 people, 17,355 households, and 12,591 families in the county.[24] The population density was 115.7 inhabitants per square mile (44.7 /km2). There were 20,109 housing units at an average density of 48.9 per square mile (18.9 /km2).[10] The racial makeup of the county was 92.5% white, 0.4% black or African American, 0.4% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 5.2% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 9.6% of the population.[24] In terms of ancestry, 32.2% claimed German, 11.1% claimed American, 9.8% claimed Irish, and 8.5% claimed English.[25]

Of the 17,355 households, 35.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.2% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 27.5% were non-families, and 22.9% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.16. The median age was 37.1 years.[24]

The median income for a household in the county was $47,697 and the median income for a family was $53,959. Males had a median income of $40,335 versus $29,887 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,783. About 7.6% of families and 11.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.4% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.[26]

Education[]

School districts[]

  • Central Noble Community School Corporation
  • East Noble School Corporation
  • Smith-Green Community Schools
  • West Noble School Corporation

See also[]

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Noble County, Indiana
  • The News Sun, daily newspaper covering Noble County

References[]

  1. ^ a b "Noble County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/18/18113.html. 
  2. ^ "Find a County – Newton County IN". National Association of Counties. http://www.uscounties.org/cffiles_web/counties/county.cfm?id=18111. 
  3. ^ "Noble". Indiana Township Association. http://indianatownshipassoc.org/component/option,com_mtree/task,listcats/cat_id,179/Itemid,76/. 
  4. ^ a b "Duties". United Township Association of Indiana. http://unitedtownships.org/?page_id=22. 
  5. ^ De Witt Clinton Goodrich & Charles Richard Tuttle (1875). An Illustrated History of the State of Indiana. Indiana: R. S. Peale & co.. p. 568. https://archive.org/details/anillustratedhi02tuttgoog. 
  6. ^ Alvord's History of Noble County, Indiana ...: To Which Is Appended a Comprehensive Compendium of Local Biography - Memoirs of Representative Men and Women of the County, Whose Works of Merit Have Made Their Names Imperishable .. - Primary Source Edition
  7. ^ a b c Noble County IN (Google Maps, accessed 29 July 2020)
  8. ^ Sand Hill IN (PeakBagger.com, accessed 29 July 2020)
  9. ^ "Sand Hill". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=gnispq:3:::NO::P3_FID:442973. 
  10. ^ 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.CY10/0500000US18113. 
  11. ^ a b "Monthly Averages for Albion IN". The Weather Channel. http://www.weather.com/weather/wxclimatology/monthly/graph/USIN0005. 
  12. ^ a b Indiana Code. "Title 36, Article 2, Section 3". Government of Indiana. http://www.in.gov/legislative/ic/code/title36/ar2/ch3.html. 
  13. ^ a b c d Indiana Code. "Title 2, Article 10, Section 2" (PDF). Government of Indiana. http://www.in.gov/legislative/ic/code/title3/ar10/ch2.pdf. 
  14. ^ "Government". United Township Association of Indiana. http://unitedtownships.org/?page_id=95. 
  15. ^ "US Congressman Mark Souder". US Congress. http://souder.house.gov/. 
  16. ^ "Indiana Senate District map". State of Indiana. http://iga.in.gov/information/senate_district_map/. 
  17. ^ "Indiana House District map". State of Indiana. http://iga.in.gov/information/house_district_map/. 
  18. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS. 
  19. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census.html. 
  20. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu. 
  21. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/in190090.txt. 
  22. ^ "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. 
  23. ^ "QuickFacts. Noble County IN". US Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/noblecountyindiana/PST045218. 
  24. ^ 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/DPDP1/0500000US18113. 
  25. ^ "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%7c0500000US18113. 
  26. ^ "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%7c0500000US18113. 

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Coordinates: 41°24′N 85°25′W / 41.40, -85.42


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