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Greene County
Greene County Courthouse in Bloomfield
Greene County Courthouse in Bloomfield
Map of Indiana highlighting Greene County
Location within the U.S. state of Indiana
Map of the United States highlighting Indiana
Indiana's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Indiana
Founded January 5, 1821
Named for Nathanael Greene
Seat Bloomfield
Largest city Linton
Area
 • Total 545.92 sq mi (1,413.9 km2)
 • Land 542.50 sq mi (1,405.1 km2)
 • Water 3.42 sq mi (8.9 km2)  0.63%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2018)
32,006
 • Density 61/sq mi (23.64/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 8th
Indiana county number 28

Greene County is a county in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of 2010, the population was 33,165. The county seat is Bloomfield. The county was determined by the US Census Bureau to include the mean center of U.S. population in 1930.

History

Greene County was formed in 1821. It was named for Gen. Nathanael Greene, who commanded the southern theater in the Revolutionary War, eventually forcing the British army under Charles Cornwallis to retreat to Yorktown. There it was forced to surrender, ensuring American independence.

Climate and weather

Weather chart for Bloomfield, Indiana
J F M A M J J A S O N D
 
 
2.2
 
36
18
 
 
2.5
 
41
20
 
 
4.2
 
52
32
 
 
3.9
 
64
42
 
 
5
 
75
51
 
 
4.2
 
83
61
 
 
4.7
 
87
64
 
 
3.6
 
85
63
 
 
3.2
 
79
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3.1
 
68
43
 
 
3.7
 
54
34
 
 
3.5
 
41
23
temperatures in °F
precipitation totals in inches
source: The Weather Channel

In recent years, average temperatures in Bloomfield have ranged from a low of 18 °F (−8 °C) in January to a high of 87 °F (31 °C) in July, although a record low of −21 °F (−29 °C) was recorded in January 1963 and a record high of 106 °F (41 °C) was recorded in June 1953. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 2.20 inches (56 mm) in January to 5.00 inches (127 mm) in May.

Geography

According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 545.92 square miles (1,413.9 km2), of which 542.50 square miles (1,405.1 km2) (or 99.37%) is land and 3.42 square miles (8.9 km2) (or 0.63%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Cities

Towns

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated places

Townships

  • Beech Creek
  • Cass
  • Center
  • Fairplay
  • Grant
  • Highland
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson
  • Richland
  • Smith
  • Stafford
  • Stockton
  • Taylor
  • Washington
  • Wright

Major highways

  • I-69
  • US 231
  • SR 43
  • SR 45
  • SR 48
  • SR 54
  • SR 57
  • SR 58
  • SR 59
  • SR 67
  • SR 157
  • SR 445

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 4,242
1840 8,321 96.2%
1850 12,313 48.0%
1860 16,041 30.3%
1870 19,514 21.7%
1880 22,996 17.8%
1890 24,379 6.0%
1900 28,530 17.0%
1910 36,873 29.2%
1920 36,770 −0.3%
1930 31,481 −14.4%
1940 31,330 −0.5%
1950 27,886 −11.0%
1960 26,327 −5.6%
1970 26,894 2.2%
1980 30,416 13.1%
1990 30,410 0.0%
2000 33,157 9.0%
2010 33,165 0.0%
2018 (est.) 32,006 −3.5%
US Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2013

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 33,165 people, 13,487 households, and 9,276 families in the county. The population density was 61.1 inhabitants per square mile (23.6/km2). There were 15,211 housing units at an average density of 28.0 per square mile (10.8/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.1% white, 0.3% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.1% black or African American, 0.3% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.0% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 25.5% were German, 16.8% were Irish, 12.9% were American, and 11.2% were English.

Of the 13,487 households, 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.3% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 31.2% were non-families, and 27.0% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.92. The median age was 41.1 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $47,697 and the median income for a family was $50,740. Males had a median income of $41,524 versus $31,890 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,676. About 10.0% of families and 14.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.7% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over.

Economy

The Greene County Economic Development Corporation (GCEDC) currently serves to develop new businesses and support current businesses in Greene County, Indiana. This asset was established to assist in bringing projects to the county. Coupled with The Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Greene County has developed an incentive portfolio to assist potential new employers.

The county has been designated a Labor Surplus Area and an SBA HUB Zone (Historically Underused Business Zone), which provides advantages to county businesses in government contract bidding and eligibility for federal and state assistance. Employee location and screening services are offered by WorkOne Linton, the local branch of the Indiana State Workforce Development office. Worker training programs are available onsite and at the Greene County Community Learning Center, which serves as a local access site for area colleges and universities.

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