Warrick County, Indiana
Map of Indiana highlighting Warrick County
Location in the state of Indiana
Map of the U.S. highlighting Indiana
Indiana's location in the U.S.
Founded April 30, 1813
Named for Jacob Warrick
Seat Boonville
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

390.86 sq mi (1,012 km²)
384.07 sq mi (995 km²)
6.79 sq mi (18 km²), 1.74%
 - (2000)
 - Density

136/sq mi (53/km²)
Congressional district 8th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
  • Indiana county number 87
  • Ninth oldest county in Indiana

Warrick County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. It was organized in 1813 and was named for Captain Jacob Warrick, an Indiana militia company commander killed in the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811. As of 2000, the population was 52,383, almost 60 percent of which live in or between Chandler and Newburgh. It is one of the ten fastest growing counties in Indiana.[1] The county seat is Boonville[2].

Warrick County is the eastern part of the Evansville, INKY Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Warrick County was formed out of Gibson County on April 30, 1813, just 30 days after Gibson County was formed out of Knox County. The Boundary between the two newly created counties was known as Rector's Base Line, from the Wabash River near New Harmony in the west to the Ohio River near Alton in the east.[3] Crawford, Perry, Posey, Spencer, and Vanderburgh counties were all formed from Warrick County.[4]


According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 390.86 square miles (1,012.3 km2), of which 384.07 square miles (994.7 km2) (or 98.26%) is land and 6.79 square miles (17.6 km2) (or 1.74%) is water.[5]

Adjacent Counties[]

Cities and towns[]

  • Boonville
  • Chandler
  • Elberfeld
  • Lynnville
  • Newburgh
  • Tennyson


  • Anderson
  • Boon
  • Campbell
  • Greer
  • Hart
  • Lane
  • Ohio
  • Owen
  • Pigeon
  • Skelton

Major highways[]

  • I-64
  • I-164
  • US 231
  • SR 57
  • SR 61
  • SR 62
  • SR 66
  • SR 68
  • SR 162
  • SR 261
  • SR 662

Climate and weather[]

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

In recent years, average temperatures in Boonville have ranged from a low of 23 °F (−5 °C) in January to a high of 89 °F (32 °C) in July, although a record low of −24 °F (−31.1 °C) was recorded in January 1994 and a record high of 101 °F (38 °C) was recorded in July 1999. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 2.71 inches (69 mm) in September to 5.08 inches (129 mm) in March.[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 legislative branch of the county government and controls all the spending and revenue collection in the county. Four representatives are elected from county districts, and three are elected as "at-large" members. 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, assessor, 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]


Warrick County
Population by year

2009 66,426
2000 52,383
1990 44,920
1980 41,474
1970 27,972
1960 23,577
1950 21,527
1940 19,435
1930 18,230
1920 19,862
1910 21,911
1900 22,329
1890 21,161
1880 20,162
1870 17,653
1860 13,261
1850 8,811
1840 6,321
1830 2,877
1820 1,749

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 52,383 people, 19,438 households, and 15,181 families residing in the county. The population density was 136 people per square mile (53/km²). There were 20,546 housing units at an average density of 54 per square mile (21/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.46% White, 1.00% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.63% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 0.55% from two or more races. 0.65% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 33.2% were of German, 20.8% American, 12.4% English and 10.3% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 19,438 households out of which 37.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.90% were married couples living together, 8.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.90% were non-families. 18.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.90% under the age of 18, 7.20% from 18 to 24, 29.70% from 25 to 44, 25.50% from 45 to 64, and 10.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 96.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $48,814, and the median income for a family was $55,497. Males had a median income of $40,491 versus $24,334 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,893. About 3.50% of families and 5.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.30% of those under age 18 and 6.10% of those age 65 or over.


The county's school corporation is Warrick County School Corporation which consists of 16 schools (two high schools, one senior/junior high, three middle schools, ten elementary schools, and one alternative school). In the Fall of 2009, the corporation transitioned it's stand-alone Junior High schools in the Boonville and Castle High School Districts from the Junior High system to the Middle School system, with the addition of one middle school (Castle South Middle School) in the Castle District. Castle Junior High was renamed Castle North Middle School. Warrick County's three middle schools are composed of grades six through eight.

Warrick County High Schools[]

High School Towns/Twps Served Mascot Colors Size Conference
High School
Boonville and Tennyson with students from parts of Anderson and Campbell Townships (Chandler and Yankeetown) having the option to attend Boonville or Castle secondary schools.
Boon and Skelton
Pioneers Black,
and Vegas Gold[10]
700 Big 8 Conference
High School
Newburgh, and Chandler
Anderson, Campbell, and Ohio
Knights Royal Blue and Gold
1700 Southern Indiana Athletic Conference
Tecumseh Jr./Sr.
High School
Lynnville and Elberfeld
Greer, Hart, Lane, Owen, and Pigeon
Braves Red, White and Blue
350 Pocket Athletic Conference
(Participates in football independently)

See also[]

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



  • 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. 

External links[]

Coordinates: 38°06′N 87°16′W / 38.10, -87.27

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