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DeKalb County, Indiana
Map
Map of Indiana highlighting DeKalb County
Location in the state of Indiana
Map of the USA highlighting Indiana
Indiana's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1837
Seat Auburn
Largest City Auburn
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

363.85 sq mi (942 km²)
362.82 sq mi (940 km²)
1.03 sq mi (3 km²), 0.28%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

42,223
116/sq mi (44.92/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Named for: Johann, Baron de Kalb
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. The county seat is Auburn. 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.

History

DeKalb County was formed in 1837. 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. The original settlers to arrive in DeKalb County were migrants from New England who were settling the wilderness of what was then known as the Northwest Territory. These people were "Yankee" migrants, that is to say they were descended from the English Puritans who settled New England in the colonial era. In the 1870s immigrants from Ireland and Germany began arriving in DeKalb County, in large numbers.

Geography

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.

Cities and towns

Unincorporated communities

Townships

  • Butler
  • Concord
  • Fairfield
  • Franklin
  • Grant
  • Jackson
  • Keyser
  • Newville
  • Richland
  • Smithfield
  • Spencer
  • Stafford
  • Troy
  • Union
  • Wilmington

Major highways

  • I-69.svg Interstate 69
  • US 6.svg U.S. Route 6
  • Indiana 1.svg State Road 1
  • Indiana 3.svg State Road 3
  • Indiana 4.svg State Road 4
  • Indiana 8.svg State Road 8
  • Indiana 101.svg State Road 101
  • Indiana 205.svg State Road 205
  • Indiana 327.svg State Road 327
  • Indiana 427.svg State Road 427

Adjacent counties

Climate and weather

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

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.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 1,968
1850 8,251 319.3%
1860 13,880 68.2%
1870 17,167 23.7%
1880 20,225 17.8%
1890 24,307 20.2%
1900 25,711 5.8%
1910 25,054 −2.6%
1920 25,600 2.2%
1930 24,911 −2.7%
1940 24,756 −0.6%
1950 26,023 5.1%
1960 28,271 8.6%
1970 30,837 9.1%
1980 33,606 9.0%
1990 35,324 5.1%
2000 40,285 14.0%
2010 42,223 4.8%
Est. 2015 42,589 0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2014

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 42,223 people, 15,951 households, and 11,328 families residing in the county. The population density was 116.4 inhabitants per square mile (44.9/km2). There were 17,558 housing units at an average density of 48.4 per square mile (18.7/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 96.9% white, 0.5% Asian, 0.4% black or African American, 0.2% American Indian, 0.8% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.4% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 36.3% were German, 10.9% were American, 10.8% were Irish, and 9.1% were English.

Of the 15,951 households, 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.8% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.0% were non-families, and 24.3% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.08. The median age was 38.1 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $47,697 and the median income for a family was $55,280. Males had a median income of $44,880 versus $30,663 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,779. About 6.7% of families and 9.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.3% of those under age 18 and 6.2% of those age 65 or over.


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