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Bartholomew County, Indiana
Seal of Bartholomew County, Indiana
Map
Map of Indiana highlighting Bartholomew County
Location in the state of Indiana
Map of the USA highlighting Indiana
Indiana's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 12 February 1821
Seat Columbus
Largest City Columbus
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

409.52 sq mi (1,061 km²)
406.91 sq mi (1,054 km²)
2.62 sq mi (7 km²), 0.64%
Population
 - (2015)
 - Density

81,162
189/sq mi (72.88/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.bartholomew.in.gov
Named for: Joseph Bartholomew
Indiana county number 3

Bartholomew County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana As of 2015, the population was 81,162. The county seat is Columbus. The county was determined by the U.S. Census Bureau to include the mean center of U.S. population in 1900.

Bartholomew County is part of the Columbus, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Bartholomew County was formed in southern Indiana February 12, 1821 and was named for Lt. Col. Joseph Bartholomew, wounded at the Battle of Tippecanoe. The site of the county seat was chosen on February 15, 1821 by a team of commissioners, who suggested the name Tiptona, in honor of John Tipton; on March 20, the name Columbus was adopted.

Courthouse

The current Bartholomew County courthouse was built from 1870 to 1874 by McCormack and Sweeney of Columbus at a cost of $225,000.

It was designed by architect Isaac Hodgson, who was born in Belfast, Ireland in 1826 and immigrated to the United States in 1848; he designed six Indiana courthouses, including the one in Henry County.

The courthouse is built largely of brick and has mansard roofs typical of the Second Empire French style. Its asymmetrical "L" shape allows it to face two major streets in Columbus. The inscription indicating the commissioners, architect and date is high up on the east facade.

Today the Bartholomew County Veterans Memorial designed by American architect Charles Rose sits adjacent to the Courthouse.

Geography

Map of Bartholomew County, Indiana
Map of Bartholomew County

According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 409.52 square miles (1,060.7 km2), of which 406.91 square miles (1,053.9 km2) (or 99.36%) is land and 2.62 square miles (6.8 km2) (or 0.64%) is water. Camp Atterbury occupies the northwestern corner of the county.

Adjacent counties

City

Towns

Census-designated place

Other unincorporated places

Extinct towns

  • Kansas
  • South Bethany

Townships

  • Clay
  • Clifty
  • Columbus
  • Flat Rock
  • German
  • Harrison
  • Haw Creek
  • Jackson
  • Ohio
  • Rock Creek
  • Sand Creek
  • Wayne

Major highways

  • I-65.svg Interstate 65
  • US 31.svg U.S. Route 31
  • Indiana 7.svg State Road 7
  • Indiana 9.svg State Road 9
  • Indiana 11.svg State Road 11
  • Indiana 46.svg State Road 46
  • Indiana 58.svg State Road 58

Airport

  • KBAK - Columbus Municipal Airport

Railroads

  • Louisville and Indiana Railroad

Climate and weather

Weather chart for Columbus, Indiana
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temperatures in °F
precipitation totals in inches
source: The Weather Channel

In recent years, average temperatures in Columbus have ranged from a low of 19 °F (−7 °C) in January to a high of 86 °F (30 °C) in July, although a record low of −27 °F (−33 °C) was recorded in January 1912 and a record high of 111 °F (44 °C) was recorded in July 1934. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 2.63 inches (67 mm) in February to 4.63 inches (118 mm) in May.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 5,476
1840 10,042 83.4%
1850 12,428 23.8%
1860 17,865 43.7%
1870 21,133 18.3%
1880 22,777 7.8%
1890 23,867 4.8%
1900 24,594 3.0%
1910 24,813 0.9%
1920 23,887 −3.7%
1930 24,864 4.1%
1940 28,276 13.7%
1950 36,108 27.7%
1960 48,198 33.5%
1970 57,022 18.3%
1980 65,088 14.1%
1990 63,657 −2.2%
2000 71,435 12.2%
2010 76,794 7.5%
Est. 2015 81,162 5.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the 2015 United States Census, there were 81,162 people, 29,860 households, and 20,788 families residing in the county. The population density was 188.7 inhabitants per square mile (72.9/km2). There were 33,098 housing units at an average density of 81.3 per square mile (31.4/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 89.6% white, 3.4% Asian, 1.8% black or African American, 0.3% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 3.2% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 6.2% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 28.5% were German, 12.4% were English, 12.2% were Irish, and 10.7% were American.

Of the 29,860 households, 34.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.1% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.4% were non-families, and 25.3% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.02. The median age was 38.2 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $47,697 and the median income for a family was $64,024. Males had a median income of $50,358 versus $32,334 for females. The per capita income for the county was $26,860. About 7.7% of families and 10.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.8% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.


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