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Huntington County, Indiana


Huntington County, Indiana

Huntington County, Indiana
Huntington County Courthouse in Huntington
Map of Indiana highlighting Huntington County
Location in the state of Indiana
Map of the United States highlighting Indiana
Indiana's location in the U.S.
Founded 1832
Named for Samuel H. Huntington
Seat Huntington
Largest city Huntington
 • Total 387.72 sq mi (1,004 km2)
 • Land 382.65 sq mi (991 km2)
 • Water 5.07 sq mi (13 km2), 1.31%
 • (2010) 37,124
 • Density 97/sq mi (37.46/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Footnotes: Indiana county number 35

Huntington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. According to Census 2010, the population was 37,124.[1] The county seat and lone city is Huntington.[2]

Huntington County comprises the Huntington, IN Micropolitan Statistical Area and is included in the Fort Wayne–Huntington–Auburn Combined Statistical Area


  • Geography 1
    • Adjacent counties 1.1
  • History 2
  • Notable natives and former residents 3
    • Public Servants 3.1
    • Celebrities 3.2
    • Artists 3.3
    • Athletes 3.4
  • Points of interest 4
  • Cities and towns 5
  • Townships 6
  • Unincorporated communities 7
  • Education 8
    • School district 8.1
    • Private schools 8.2
    • Higher education 8.3
  • News and Media 9
    • Newspapers 9.1
    • Radio 9.2
  • Transportation 10
    • Major highways 10.1
  • Climate and weather 11
  • Government 12
  • Demographics 13
  • See also 14
  • Further reading 15
  • References 16
  • External links 17


According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 387.72 square miles (1,004.2 km2), of which 382.65 square miles (991.1 km2) (or 98.69%) is land and 5.07 square miles (13.1 km2) (or 1.31%) is water.[3]

The city of Huntington from the southwest.

Adjacent counties


Huntington County was formed in 1832. It was named for Samuel Huntington, who signed the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation.[4] He was also President of the Continental Congress under the Articles of Confederation.

Notable natives and former residents

Public Servants

  • Sam Cook (1860–1946), Served as a US Congressman
  • J. Danforth Quayle, Vice-President of the United States, U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative
  • J. Edward Roush (1920–2004), U.S. Representative, Father of "911 Emergency System"
  • John R. Kissinger (1877–1946), Congressional Medal of Honor and was featured in the movie, Yellow Jack.


  • Chris Schenkel, (1923-2005) Emmy Award winning sportscaster
  • Denny Jiosa, Grammy nominated jazz guitarist and composer
  • Archbishop John F. Noll (1875–1956), founded Our Sunday Visitor, the world's largest Catholic weekly newspaper. Founded Victory Noll and St. Felix Monastery.
  • Sandy Thomson, Chief Weather Specialist, WANE-TV Fort Wayne


  • Mick Mars, Played guitar with the four man heavy metal rock group Mötley Crüe.
  • Eiffel G. Plasterer, in the mid-1900s, toured America with his "Bubbles Concerto" program. He was a pioneer in soap bubble art and invented unique bubble-making techniques and equipment.


Points of interest

Cities and towns


Unincorporated communities


School district

Private schools

  • Huntington Area Home Educators
  • Huntington Catholic School

Higher education

News and Media


  • The Herald-Press daily newspaper
  • The Huntington County TAB
  • Warren Weekly
  • HuntingtonFreePress
  • Huntingtonian


  • WBZQ 1300 AM
  • Huntington North High School WVSH Viking Radio
  • Huntington University Radio WQHC 105.5-FM The Fuse!


Major highways

Climate and weather

Huntington, Indiana
Climate chart ()
Average max. and min. temperatures in °F
Precipitation totals in inches
Source: The Weather Channel[6]

In recent years, average temperatures in Huntington have ranged from a low of 16 °F (−9 °C) in January to a high of 87 °F (31 °C) in July, although a record low of −28 °F (−33 °C) was recorded in January 1982 and a record high of 105 °F (41 °C) was recorded in June 1988. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.82 inches (46 mm) in February to 4.37 inches (111 mm) in June.[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 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.[7][8]

Board of Commissioners: The executive and legislative 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 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, 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]

Huntington County is part of Indiana's 5th congressional district; Indiana Senate district 17;[9] and Indiana House of Representatives district 50.[10]


As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 37,124 people, 14,218 households, and 10,074 families residing in the county.[16] The population density was 97.0 inhabitants per square mile (37.5/km2). There were 15,805 housing units at an average density of 41.3 per square mile (15.9/km2).[3] The racial makeup of the county was 97.1% white, 0.4% Asian, 0.4% American Indian, 0.4% black or African American, 0.5% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.7% of the population.[16] In terms of ancestry, 37.9% were German, 14.9% were Irish, 12.9% were American, and 12.1% were English.[17]

Of the 14,218 households, 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.5% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.1% were non-families, and 24.4% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.97. The median age was 39.0 years.[16]

The median income for a household in the county was $47,697 and the median income for a family was $55,630. Males had a median income of $41,648 versus $30,218 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,575. About 7.7% of families and 11.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.6% of those under age 18 and 9.8% of those age 65 or over.[18]

See also

Further reading

  • History of Huntington County, Indiana. Walsworth Publishing Co. (1887).


  1. ^ a b "Huntington County QuickFacts".  
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ a b "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County".  
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 163. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ a b "Monthly Averages for Huntington, Indiana". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  7. ^ a b  
  8. ^ a b c d  
  9. ^ "Indiana Senate Districts". State of Indiana. Retrieved 2011-07-14. 
  10. ^ "Indiana House Districts". State of Indiana. Retrieved 2011-07-14. 
  11. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  12. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  16. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data".  
  17. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates".  
  18. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates".  

External links

  • Huntington County Chamber of Commerce
  • Official Web site of Huntington, Indiana
  • Huntington County Community Network
  • Huntington Herald Press daily newspaper
  • Huntington County United Economic Development

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