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Grant County, Indiana
Map
Map of Indiana highlighting Grant County
Location in the state of Indiana
Map of the USA highlighting Indiana
Indiana's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1831
Seat Marion
Largest City Marion
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

414.90 sq mi (1,075 km²)
414.07 sq mi (1,072 km²)
0.82 sq mi (2 km²), 0.20%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

70,061
169/sq mi (65.21/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: http://www.grantcounty.net/
Named for: Samuel and Moses Grant
Indiana county number 27

Grant County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. At the time of the 2010 census, the population was 70,061. The county seat is Marion. Important paleontological discoveries, dating from the Pliocene epoch, have been made at the Pipe Creek Sinkhole in Grant County.

History

Grant County was formed in 1831. It was named for Captains Samuel and Moses Grant of Kentucky.

The above-named book does state that Grant County, Indiana is named for Samuel and Moses Grant of Kentucky, killed in battle with the Indians. HOWEVER, the next entry states that Grant County, Kentucky, according to John McGee was named for Col. John Grant, an early settler, but according to J. Worthing McCann, the county was named for Samuel Grant. Samuel and his brother Moses were killed by Indians just north of the Ohio River. Their home was in Kentucky and their home county was named in memory of them - Grant County, Kentucky.

In 1831, Martin Boots and David Branson each donated 30 acres of land to begin a settlement called Marion. This land was on the north side of a fast-flowing and scenic river the Miami Indians called Mississinewa -"laughing Waters." Thus Grant County was formed with Marion as the County Seat. http://grantcounty.com/about-gc/history/

Stephen Johnson became Grant County first full time prosecutor and served for five cosecutive terms 1983 through 2002.

Geography

According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 414.90 square miles (1,074.6 km2), of which 414.07 square miles (1,072.4 km2) (or 99.80%) is land and 0.82 square miles (2.1 km2) (or 0.20%) is water.

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Marion from the air.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

Interstates

  • I-69

U.S. Highways

  • US 35

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Climate and weather

Weather chart for Marion, Indiana
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temperatures in °F
precipitation totals in inches
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In recent years, average temperatures in Marion have ranged from a low of 16 °F (−9 °C) in January to a high of 85 °F (29 °C) in July, although a record low of −23 °F (−31 °C) was recorded in January 1985 and a record high of 108 °F (42 °C) was recorded in July 1936. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 2.03 inches (52 mm) in February to 4.73 inches (120 mm) in July.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 4,875
1850 11,092 127.5%
1860 15,797 42.4%
1870 18,487 17.0%
1880 23,618 27.8%
1890 31,493 33.3%
1900 54,693 73.7%
1910 51,426 −6.0%
1920 51,353 −0.1%
1930 51,066 −0.6%
1940 55,813 9.3%
1950 62,156 11.4%
1960 75,741 21.9%
1970 83,955 10.8%
1980 80,934 −3.6%
1990 74,169 −8.4%
2000 73,403 −1.0%
2010 70,061 −4.6%
Est. 2015 67,979 −3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 70,061 people, 27,245 households, and 18,000 families residing in the county. The population density was 169.2 inhabitants per square mile (65.3/km2). There were 30,443 housing units at an average density of 73.5 per square mile (28.4/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 88.2% white, 7.0% black or African American, 0.6% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 1.4% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 3.6% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 19.5% were German, 12.4% were American, 10.0% were Irish, and 9.0% were English.

Of the 27,245 households, 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.0% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 33.9% were non-families, and 28.8% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.89. The median age was 39.5 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $47,697 and the median income for a family was $49,860. Males had a median income of $40,146 versus $28,588 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,792. About 12.0% of families and 17.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.0% of those under age 18 and 9.4% of those age 65 or over.

Localities

Cities

Towns

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated place

Townships

  • Center
  • Fairmount
  • Franklin
  • Green
  • Jefferson
  • Liberty
  • Mill
  • Monroe
  • Pleasant
  • Richland
  • Sims
  • Van Buren
  • Washington

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