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DeKalb County, Indiana

DeKalb County, Indiana
The DeKalb County courthouse in Auburn, Indiana.
Map of Indiana highlighting DeKalb County
Location in the state of Indiana
Map of the United States highlighting Indiana
Indiana's location in the U.S.
Founded 1837
Named for Johann, Baron de Kalb
Seat Auburn
Largest city Auburn
 • Total 363.85 sq mi (942 km2)
 • Land 362.82 sq mi (940 km2)
 • Water 1.03 sq mi (3 km2), 0.28%
 • (2010) 42,223
 • Density 116/sq mi (44.92/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Footnotes: Indiana county number 17

DeKalb County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of 2010, the population was 42,223.[1] The county seat is Auburn.[2] Named for Revolutionary War hero Johann, Baron de Kalb (1721–1780), the county was created by the Indiana legislature in 1835 and organized in 1837.


DeKalb County was formed in 1837.[3] It was named for the heroic General Johann de Kalb, a Continental Army officer from Bavaria, who was fatally wounded at the Battle of Camden, South Carolina.[4][5]


According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 363.85 square miles (942.4 km2), of which 362.82 square miles (939.7 km2) (or 99.72%) is land and 1.03 square miles (2.7 km2) (or 0.28%) is water.[6]

Cities and towns

Unincorporated communities


Major highways

Adjacent counties

Climate and weather

Auburn, Indiana
Climate chart ()
Average max. and min. temperatures in °F
Precipitation totals in inches
Source: The Weather Channel[7]

In recent years, average temperatures in Auburn have ranged from a low of 17 °F (−8 °C) in January to a high of 84 °F (29 °C) in July, although a record low of −24 °F (−31 °C) was recorded in January 1984 and a record high of 106 °F (41 °C) was recorded in June 1988. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.42 inches (36 mm) in February to 4.17 inches (106 mm) in June.[7]


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 fiscal 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.[8][9]

Board of Commissioners: A three-member board of commissioners combines executive and non-fiscal legislative powers. Commissioners are elected county-wide, in staggered four-year terms. One commissioner serves as president. The commissioners also function as the county drainage board, exercising control over the construction and maintenance of legal drains.[8][9]

Courts: DeKalb County has a Circuit Court (75th Judicial Circuit) and two Superior Courts. By local rule, approved by the Indiana Supreme Court,[10] the jurisdiction of the Circuit Court is currently limited to juvenile and domestic cases. Criminal, civil and domestic cases are heard in the two superior courts. Judges of each court are elected for six-year terms on partisan tickets.

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.[9]

DeKalb County is part of Indiana's 3rd congressional district and in 2008 was represented by Mark Souder in the United States Congress.[11] It is also part of Indiana Senate districts 13 and 14,[12] and Indiana House of Representatives districts 51, 52 and 85.[13]


As of the census[18] of 2000, there were 40,285 people, 15,134 households, and 10,911 families residing in the county. The population density was 111 people per square mile (43/km²). There were 16,144 housing units at an average density of 44 per square mile (17/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.76% White, 0.25% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.67% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. 1.68% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 39.3% were of German, 20.8% American, 9.1% English and 6.9% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 15,134 households out of which 36.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.30% were married couples living together, 8.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.90% were non-families. 23.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the county the population was spread out with 28.00% under the age of 18, 8.60% from 18 to 24, 30.30% from 25 to 44, 21.70% from 45 to 64, and 11.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 99.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $44,909, and the median income for a family was $51,676. Males had a median income of $37,322 versus $24,120 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,448. About 3.70% of families and 5.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.10% of those under age 18 and 8.50% of those age 65 or over.


School districts

  • DeKalb County Central United School District
  • DeKalb County Eastern Community School District
  • Garrett-Keyser-Butler Community School District
  • Hamilton Community Schools

Private schools

  • Lakewood Park Christian School
  • St. Joseph's Catholic School (Garrett)
  • Zion Lutheran Pre-School (Garrett)

See also

External links

  • DeKalb County Government
  • Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor
  • DeKalb County Visitors Bureau
  • DeKalb County American History and Genealogy Project


  1. ^ a b "DeKalb County QuickFacts".  
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "DeKalb County, Indiana". STATS Indiana. Indiana Business Research Center. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  4. ^ De Witt Clinton Goodrich & Charles Richard Tuttle (1875). An Illustrated History of the State of Indiana. Indiana: R. S. Peale & co. p. 555. 
  5. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 103. 
  6. ^ "Census 2010 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  7. ^ a b "Monthly Averages for Auburn, Indiana". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  8. ^ a b  
  9. ^ a b c  
  10. ^ Local Rule 17-AR-1-1, approved March 9, 2007, by the Indiana Supreme Court.
  11. ^ "US Congressman Mark Souder". US Congress. Retrieved 2008-10-08. 
  12. ^ "Indiana Senate Districts". State of Indiana. Retrieved 2011-01-23. 
  13. ^ "Indiana House Districts". State of Indiana. Retrieved 2011-01-23. 
  14. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  18. ^ "American FactFinder".  

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