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Posey County, Indiana
Map
Map of Indiana highlighting Posey County
Location in the state of Indiana
Map of the USA highlighting Indiana
Indiana's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded November 11, 1814
Seat Mount Vernon
Largest City Mount Vernon
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

419.32 sq mi (1,086 km²)
409.57 sq mi (1,061 km²)
9.75 sq mi (25 km²), 2.33%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

25,910
63/sq mi (24.49/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: http://www.poseycountyin.gov/
Named for: General Thomas Posey
 
  • Indiana county number 65
  • Southernmost county in Indiana
  • Westernmost county in Indiana
  • Lowest point in Indiana located at County's southwestern tip.

Posey County is a county located in the southwestern corner of the U.S. state of Indiana. As of 2010, the population was 25,910. The county seat is Mount Vernon.

Posey County is part of the Evansville, INKY Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Posey County was formed on November 11, 1814 from Gibson and Warrick counties. It was named for Revolutionary War Gen. Thomas Posey, who was then serving as Governor of the Indiana Territory. Mount Vernon became the county seat in 1825.

Geography

According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 419.32 square miles (1,086.0 km2), of which 409.57 square miles (1,060.8 km2) (or 97.67%) is land and 9.75 square miles (25.3 km2) (or 2.33%) is water. The lowest point in the state of Indiana is located on the Ohio River in Posey County, where the waters of the Wabash River join it and flow out of Indiana and into Illinois and Kentucky.

Adjacent counties

Cities and towns

Townships

  • Bethel
  • Black
  • Center
  • Harmony
  • Lynn
  • Marrs
  • Point
  • Robb
  • Robinson
  • Smith

Census-designated place

Other unincorporated places

Transportation

Major highways

  • I-64
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Railroads

  • CSX Transportation
  • Evansville Western Railway

River Ports

Climate and weather

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

In recent years, average temperatures in Mount Vernon have ranged from a low of 23 °F (−5 °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 1912 and a record high of 109 °F (43 °C) was recorded in July 1901. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 2.65 inches (67 mm) in September to 5.38 inches (137 mm) in May.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 4,061
1830 6,549 61.3%
1840 9,683 47.9%
1850 12,549 29.6%
1860 16,167 28.8%
1870 19,185 18.7%
1880 20,857 8.7%
1890 21,529 3.2%
1900 22,333 3.7%
1910 21,670 −3.0%
1920 19,334 −10.8%
1930 17,853 −7.7%
1940 19,183 7.4%
1950 19,818 3.3%
1960 19,214 −3.0%
1970 21,740 13.1%
1980 26,414 21.5%
1990 25,968 −1.7%
2000 27,061 4.2%
2010 25,910 −4.3%
Est. 2015 25,512 −1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 25,910 people, 10,171 households, and 7,442 families residing in the county. The population density was 63.3 inhabitants per square mile (24.4/km2). There were 11,207 housing units at an average density of 27.4 per square mile (10.6/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.2% white, 0.9% black or African American, 0.3% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.0% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 43.6% were German, 13.6% were American, 11.6% were Irish, and 11.2% were English.

Of the 10,171 households, 32.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.4% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 26.8% were non-families, and 23.3% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.97. The median age was 41.6 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $47,697 and the median income for a family was $68,722. Males had a median income of $55,786 versus $32,747 for females. The per capita income for the county was $26,727. About 6.0% of families and 8.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.2% of those under age 18 and 8.3% of those age 65 or over.

Tourism & Recreation

  • Brittlebank Park - Mount Vernon
  • Harmonie State Park - New Harmony
  • Hovey Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area - Mount Vernon [1]
  • New Harmony Historic District [2] - New Harmony
  • Sherburne Park - Mount Vernon

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