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Spencer County, Indiana
Map
Map of Indiana highlighting Spencer County
Location in the state of Indiana
Map of the USA highlighting Indiana
Indiana's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded January 10, 1818
Seat Rockport
Largest town Santa Claus
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

401.43 sq mi (1,040 km²)
396.74 sq mi (1,028 km²)
4.68 sq mi (12 km²), 1.17%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

20,952
53/sq mi (20.29/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: http://spencercounty.in.gov/
Named for: Spier Spencer
Indiana county number 74

Spencer County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 20,952. The county seat is Rockport.

History

Spencer County was formed in 1818 from parts of Warrick County and Perry County. It was named for Captain Spier Spencer, killed at the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811.

The Spencer County courthouse was built in 1921. It is the fifth courthouse to serve the county.

Abraham Lincoln lived in Spencer County from 1816 to 1830, between the ages seven and twenty-one. His family moved to Illinois in 1830. The Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial is located at the site of the Lincoln family farm.

Other attractions in the county include the town of Santa Claus and Holiday World & Splashin' Safari and also Santa's Candy Castle

Saint Meinrad Archabbey is located at the northeastern corner of Spencer County.

Geography

According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 401.43 square miles (1,039.7 km2), of which 396.74 square miles (1,027.6 km2) (or 98.83%) is land and 4.68 square miles (12.1 km2) (or 1.17%) is water.

Cities and towns

ZIP Codes are in parentheses.

Census-designated place

Other unincorporated places

Townships

  • Carter
  • Clay
  • Grass
  • Hammond
  • Harrison
  • Huff
  • Jackson
  • Luce
  • Ohio

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • I-64.svg Interstate 64
  • US 231.svg U.S. Route 231
  • Indiana 62.svg Indiana State Road 62
  • Indiana 66.svg Indiana State Road 66
  • Indiana 68.svg Indiana State Road 68
  • Indiana 70.svg Indiana State Road 70
  • Indiana 161.svg Indiana State Road 161
  • Indiana 162.svg Indiana State Road 162
  • Indiana 245.svg Indiana State Road 245
  • Indiana 545.svg Indiana State Road 545

National protected area

  • Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

Climate and weather

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

In recent years, average temperatures in Rockport have ranged from a low of 24 °F (−4 °C) in January to a high of 91 °F (33 °C) in July, although a record low of −23 °F (−31 °C) was recorded in January 1994 and a record high of 107 °F (42 °C) was recorded in June 1944. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 3.01 inches (76 mm) in October to 4.78 inches (121 mm) in May.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 1,882
1830 3,196 69.8%
1840 6,305 97.3%
1850 8,616 36.7%
1860 14,556 68.9%
1870 17,998 23.6%
1880 22,122 22.9%
1890 22,060 −0.3%
1900 22,407 1.6%
1910 20,676 −7.7%
1920 18,400 −11.0%
1930 16,713 −9.2%
1940 16,211 −3.0%
1950 16,174 −0.2%
1960 16,074 −0.6%
1970 17,134 6.6%
1980 19,361 13.0%
1990 19,490 0.7%
2000 20,391 4.6%
2010 20,952 2.8%
Est. 2015 20,715 −1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 20,952 people, 8,082 households, and 5,907 families residing in the county. The population density was 52.8 inhabitants per square mile (20.4/km2). There were 8,872 housing units at an average density of 22.4 per square mile (8.6/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 96.9% white, 0.5% black or African American, 0.3% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 1.3% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.5% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 47.0% were German, 16.4% were Irish, 12.6% were English, and 11.1% were American.

Of the 8,082 households, 33.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.8% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 26.9% were non-families, and 23.2% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.00. The median age was 41.9 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $47,697 and the median income for a family was $61,365. Males had a median income of $44,526 versus $30,466 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,609. About 6.8% of families and 12.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.0% of those under age 18 and 12.8% of those age 65 or over.


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