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Daviess County, Indiana
Map
Map of Indiana highlighting Daviess County
Location in the state of Indiana
Map of the USA highlighting Indiana
Indiana's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded February 2, 1818
Seat Washington
Largest town Washington
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

436.87 sq mi (1,131 km²)
429.49 sq mi (1,112 km²)
7.39 sq mi (19 km²), 1.69%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

31,648
73/sq mi (28.37/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: http://www.daviess.org/
Named for: Joseph Hamilton Daveiss
 

Indiana county number 14

  • One of two Daviess Counties in the
    Illinois-Indiana-Kentucky Tri-State Area
  • 29th oldest county in Indiana

Daviess County /ˈdvz/ is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of 2010, the population was 31,648. The county seat is Washington.

History

Daviess County was founded in 1818. It was named for Maj. Joseph Hamilton Daveiss, U.S. District Attorney for Kentucky, killed at the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811. The settlement of the county began along the White River that afforded farmers a convenient means to transport their crops for sale. The county was originally heavily forested in the northeast leading to a thriving timber industry during the first half of the 1800s. Daviess County shares its namesake with another nearby Daviess County of Kentucky. Both Counties are in the Illinois-Indiana-Kentucky Tri-State Area.

Geography

According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 436.87 square miles (1,131.5 km2), of which 429.49 square miles (1,112.4 km2) (or 98.31%) is land and 7.39 square miles (19.1 km2) (or 1.69%) is water.

Major highways

  • I-69
  • US 50
  • US 150
  • US 231
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Adjacent counties

Communities

City

Towns

Census-designated place

Other unincorporated places

Townships

  • Barr
  • Bogard
  • Elmore
  • Harrison
  • Madison
  • Reeve
  • Steele
  • Van Buren
  • Veale
  • Washington

Climate and weather

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

In recent years, average temperatures in Washington have ranged from a low of 23 °F (−5 °C) in January to a high of 88 °F (31 °C) in July, although a record low of −19 °F (−28 °C) was recorded in December 1989 and a record high of 113 °F (45 °C) was recorded in July 1930. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 2.69 inches (68 mm) in February to 5.52 inches (140 mm) in May.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 3,432
1830 4,543 32.4%
1840 6,720 47.9%
1850 10,352 54.0%
1860 13,323 28.7%
1870 16,747 25.7%
1880 21,552 28.7%
1890 26,227 21.7%
1900 29,914 14.1%
1910 27,747 −7.2%
1920 26,856 −3.2%
1930 25,832 −3.8%
1940 26,163 1.3%
1950 26,762 2.3%
1960 26,636 −0.5%
1970 26,602 −0.1%
1980 27,836 4.6%
1990 27,533 −1.1%
2000 29,820 8.3%
2010 31,648 6.1%
Est. 2015 32,906 4.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 31,648 people, 11,329 households, and 8,116 families residing in the county. The population density was 73.7 inhabitants per square mile (28.5/km2). There were 12,471 housing units at an average density of 29.0 per square mile (11.2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 95.0% white, 0.5% black or African American, 0.5% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 2.6% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 4.2% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 31.4% were German, 13.1% were Irish, 10.8% were American, and 10.6% were English.

Of the 11,329 households, 36.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.1% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 28.4% were non-families, and 24.6% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.29. The median age was 35.4 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $47,697 and the median income for a family was $53,769. Males had a median income of $36,405 versus $29,652 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,254. About 7.6% of families and 12.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.7% of those under age 18 and 7.6% of those age 65 or over.


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