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

408.46 sq mi (1,058 km²)
408.12 sq mi (1,057 km²)
0.34 sq mi (1 km²), 0.08%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

17,392
43/sq mi (16.45/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: http://rushcounty.in.gov/
Named for: Benjamin Rush
Indiana county number 70
Rushville-indiana-from-above2
Rushville from the air.

Rush County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of 2010, the population was 17,392. The county seat is Rushville.

History

Rush County was formed on April 1, 1822. It was named in honor of Dr. Benjamin Rush, who signed the Declaration of Independence.

Geography

According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 408.46 square miles (1,057.9 km2), of which 408.12 square miles (1,057.0 km2) (or 99.92%) is land and 0.34 square miles (0.88 km2) (or 0.08%) is water. It is drained by Big Blue River and Flat Rock Creek.

Cities

Towns

Census-designated places

Unincorporated towns

Townships

  • Anderson
  • Center
  • Jackson
  • Noble
  • Orange
  • Posey
  • Richland
  • Ripley
  • Rushville
  • Union
  • Walker
  • Washington

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • I-74.svg Interstate 74**
  • US 52.svg U.S. Route 52
  • Indiana 3.svg Indiana State Road 3
  • Indiana 44.svg Indiana State Road 44
  • Indiana 244.svg Indiana State Road 244
    • Interstate 74 clips the southwestern corner of Rush County

Climate and weather

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

In recent years, average temperatures in Rushville have ranged from a low of 17 °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 108 °F (42 °C) was recorded in July 1901. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 2.55 inches (65 mm) in February to 5.06 inches (129 mm) in May.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 9,707
1840 16,456 69.5%
1850 16,445 −0.1%
1860 16,193 −1.5%
1870 17,626 8.8%
1880 19,238 9.1%
1890 19,034 −1.1%
1900 20,148 5.9%
1910 19,349 −4.0%
1920 19,241 −0.6%
1930 19,412 0.9%
1940 18,927 −2.5%
1950 19,799 4.6%
1960 20,393 3.0%
1970 20,352 −0.2%
1980 19,604 −3.7%
1990 18,129 −7.5%
2000 18,261 0.7%
2010 17,392 −4.8%
Est. 2015 16,672 −4.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 17,392 people, 6,767 households, and 4,803 families residing in the county. The population density was 42.6 inhabitants per square mile (16.4/km2). There were 7,508 housing units at an average density of 18.4 per square mile (7.1/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.4% white, 0.8% black or African American, 0.3% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 0.5% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.1% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 23.4% were German, 16.8% were American, 12.0% were Irish, and 11.9% were English.

Of the 6,767 households, 32.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.9% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.0% were non-families, and 24.5% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 2.99. The median age was 40.6 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $47,697 and the median income for a family was $52,874. Males had a median income of $41,581 versus $30,035 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,215. About 10.3% of families and 12.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.4% of those under age 18 and 9.3% of those age 65 or over.


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