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Decatur County, Indiana
Map
Map of Indiana highlighting Decatur County
Location in the state of Indiana
Map of the USA highlighting Indiana
Indiana's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1822
Seat Greensburg
Largest City Greensburg
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

373.32 sq mi (967 km²)
372.57 sq mi (965 km²)
0.76 sq mi (2 km²), 0.20%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

25,740
69/sq mi (26.67/km²)
Website: www.decaturcounty.in.gov
Named for: Stephen Decatur, Jr.
Indiana county number 16

Decatur County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of 2010, the population was 25,740. The county seat is Greensburg.

History

Decatur County was formed in 1822. It was named for Commodore Stephen Decatur, Jr., naval officer in the First and Second Barbary Wars, and in the War of 1812. Decatur was mortally wounded in a duel in 1820. Greensburg, the county seat, was selected as the location of the Honda assembly plant.

Geography

Greensburg-indiana-from-above
Greensburg from the air, looking north

According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 373.32 square miles (966.9 km2), of which 372.57 square miles (965.0 km2) (or 99.80%) is land and 0.76 square miles (2.0 km2) (or 0.20%) is water.

Decatur County Courthouse version 2
Tree on the Courthouse Tower in Greensburg, Indiana

City

Towns

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated places

Townships

  • Adams
  • Clay
  • Clinton
  • Fugit
  • Jackson
  • Marion
  • Salt Creek
  • Sand Creek
  • Washington

Major highways

  • I-74.svg Interstate 74
  • US 421.svg U.S. Route 421
  • Indiana 3.svg Indiana State Road 3
  • Indiana 46.svg Indiana State Road 46

Adjacent counties

Climate and weather

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

In recent years, average temperatures in Greensburg have ranged from a low of 19 °F (−7 °C) in January to a high of 85 °F (29 °C) in July, although a record low of −24 °F (−31 °C) was recorded in January 1985 and a record high of 105 °F (41 °C) was recorded in July 1954. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 2.42 inches (61 mm) in February to 5.03 inches (128 mm) in May.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 5,887
1840 12,171 106.7%
1850 15,107 24.1%
1860 17,294 14.5%
1870 19,053 10.2%
1880 19,779 3.8%
1890 19,277 −2.5%
1900 19,518 1.3%
1910 18,793 −3.7%
1920 17,813 −5.2%
1930 17,308 −2.8%
1940 17,722 2.4%
1950 18,218 2.8%
1960 20,019 9.9%
1970 22,738 13.6%
1980 23,841 4.9%
1990 23,645 −0.8%
2000 24,555 3.8%
2010 25,740 4.8%
Est. 2015 26,521 3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 25,740 people, 9,977 households, and 6,995 families residing in the county. The population density was 69.1 inhabitants per square mile (26.7/km2). There were 11,209 housing units at an average density of 30.1 per square mile (11.6/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.3% white, 0.7% Asian, 0.3% black or African American, 0.2% American Indian, 0.6% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.7% of the population. In terms of ancestry, In terms of ancestry, 35.5% were of English ancestry, 35.1% were of German, and 9.0% were of Irish ancestry according to 2010 American Community Survey.

Of the 9,977 households, 33.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.6% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.9% were non-families, and 25.0% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.02. The median age was 38.7 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $47,697 and the median income for a family was $52,308. Males had a median income of $41,143 versus $30,226 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,719. About 8.3% of families and 10.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.3% of those under age 18 and 6.8% of those age 65 or over.


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