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Wabash County, Indiana
Map
Map of Indiana highlighting Wabash County
Location in the state of Indiana
Map of the USA highlighting Indiana
Indiana's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1835
Seat Wabash
Largest City Wabash
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

420.98 sq mi (1,090 km²)
412.43 sq mi (1,068 km²)
8.54 sq mi (22 km²), 2.03%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

32,888
85/sq mi (33/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: http://www.wabashcounty.in.gov/
Named for: Wabash River
Indiana county number 85

Wabash County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of 2010, the population was 32,888. The county seat is Wabash.

History

The area was inhabited for thousands of years by cultures of indigenous peoples. French explorers and traders encountered the historical Miami Native Americans beginning in the 17th century.

Wabash County was established in 1835, when settlement increased after the American Revolution. They named it after the Wabash River. The name "Wabash" is an English spelling of the earlier French name for the river, Ouabache. French traders derived the French version from the Indian name for the river, Wabashike (pronounced "Wah-bah-she-keh") (meaning "pure white".) Much of the river bottom is white limestone, now obscured by mud.

Geography

According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 420.98 square miles (1,090.3 km2), of which 412.43 square miles (1,068.2 km2) (or 97.97%) is land and 8.54 square miles (22.1 km2) (or 2.03%) is water.

North-manchester-indiana
North Manchester from the air looking northeast.

Adjacent counties

Cities

Towns

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated places

Extinct

  • Dora

Townships

  • Chester
  • Lagro
  • Liberty
  • Noble
  • Paw Paw
  • Pleasant
  • Waltz

Major highways

  • US 24.svg U.S. Route 24
  • Indiana 13.svg Indiana State Road 13
  • Indiana 15.svg Indiana State Road 15
  • Indiana 16.svg Indiana State Road 16
  • Indiana 114.svg Indiana State Road 114
  • Indiana 115.svg Indiana State Road 115
  • Indiana 124.svg Indiana State Road 124
  • Indiana 218.svg Indiana State Road 218
  • Indiana 524.svg Indiana State Road 524

Climate and weather

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

In recent years, average temperatures in Wabash have ranged from a low of 14 °F (−10 °C) in January to a high of 83 °F (28 °C) in July, although a record low of −24 °F (−31 °C) was recorded in January 1985 and a record high of 103 °F (39 °C) was recorded in June 1988. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.89 inches (48 mm) in February to 4.23 inches (107 mm) in June.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 2,756
1850 12,138 340.4%
1860 17,547 44.6%
1870 21,305 21.4%
1880 25,241 18.5%
1890 27,126 7.5%
1900 28,235 4.1%
1910 26,926 −4.6%
1920 27,231 1.1%
1930 25,170 −7.6%
1940 26,601 5.7%
1950 29,047 9.2%
1960 32,605 12.2%
1970 35,553 9.0%
1980 36,640 3.1%
1990 35,069 −4.3%
2000 34,960 −0.3%
2010 32,888 −5.9%
Est. 2015 32,138 −2.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 32,888 people, 12,777 households, and 8,733 families residing in the county. The population density was 79.7 inhabitants per square mile (30.8/km2). There were 14,171 housing units at an average density of 34.4 per square mile (13.3/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 96.6% white, 0.7% American Indian, 0.5% black or African American, 0.4% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.1% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 31.3% were German, 18.1% were American, 10.1% were English, and 10.0% were Irish.

Of the 12,777 households, 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.4% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 31.7% were non-families, and 27.3% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.92. The median age was 41.2 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $47,697 and the median income for a family was $52,758. Males had a median income of $41,965 versus $26,944 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,475. About 8.8% of families and 11.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.5% of those under age 18 and 8.1% of those age 65 or over.


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