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Ripley County, Indiana
Map
Map of Indiana highlighting Ripley County
Location in the state of Indiana
Map of the USA highlighting Indiana
Indiana's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1818
Seat Versailles
Largest City Batesville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

448.06 sq mi (1,160 km²)
446.43 sq mi (1,156 km²)
1.64 sq mi (4 km²), 0.37%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

28,818
65/sq mi (24.93/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.ripleycounty.com
Named for: Eleazer Wheelock Ripley
Indiana county number 69

Ripley County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of 2010, the population was 28,818. The county seat is Versailles.

History

Ripley County was formed in 1816. It was named for Gen. Eleazer Wheelock Ripley, an officer in the War of 1812, who was mainly remembered for the Battle of Lundy's Lane and the Siege of Fort Erie, in 1814.

Geography

According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 448.06 square miles (1,160.5 km2), of which 446.43 square miles (1,156.2 km2) (or 99.64%) is land and 1.64 square miles (4.2 km2) (or 0.37%) is water.

Cities and towns

Unincorporated towns

Townships

  • Adams
  • Brown
  • Center
  • Delaware
  • Franklin
  • Jackson
  • Johnson
  • Laughery
  • Otter Creek
  • Shelby
  • Washington

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • I-74.svg Interstate 74
  • US 50.svg U.S. Route 50
  • US 421.svg U.S. Route 421
  • Indiana 46.svg State Road 46
  • Indiana 48.svg State Road 48
  • Indiana 62.svg State Road 62
  • Indiana 101.svg State Road 101
  • Indiana 129.svg State Road 129
  • Indiana 229.svg State Road 229
  • Indiana 350.svg State Road 350

National protected area

  • Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge (part)

Climate and weather

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

In recent years, average temperatures in Versailles have ranged from a low of 18 °F (−8 °C) in January to a high of 84 °F (29 °C) in July, although a record low of −28 °F (−33 °C) was recorded in January 1994 and a record high of 100 °F (38 °C) was recorded in July 1999. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 2.71 inches (69 mm) in February to 5.27 inches (134 mm) in May.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 1,822
1830 3,989 118.9%
1840 10,392 160.5%
1850 14,820 42.6%
1860 19,054 28.6%
1870 20,977 10.1%
1880 21,627 3.1%
1890 19,350 −10.5%
1900 19,881 2.7%
1910 19,452 −2.2%
1920 18,694 −3.9%
1930 18,078 −3.3%
1940 18,898 4.5%
1950 18,763 −0.7%
1960 20,641 10.0%
1970 21,138 2.4%
1980 24,398 15.4%
1990 24,616 0.9%
2000 26,523 7.7%
2010 28,818 8.7%
Est. 2015 28,701 −0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 28,818 people, 10,789 households, and 7,910 families residing in the county. The population density was 64.6 inhabitants per square mile (24.9/km2). There were 11,952 housing units at an average density of 26.8 per square mile (10.3/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.6% white, 0.5% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 0.2% black or African American, 0.5% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.5% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 43.4% were German, 14.2% were American, 13.9% were Irish, and 8.7% were English.

Of the 10,789 households, 36.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.1% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 26.7% were non-families, and 22.8% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.08. The median age was 39.2 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $47,697 and the median income for a family was $57,305. Males had a median income of $41,711 versus $31,927 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,025. About 7.5% of families and 9.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.3% of those under age 18 and 8.6% of those age 65 or over.


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