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Wells County, Indiana
Map
Map of Indiana highlighting Wells County
Location in the state of Indiana
Map of the USA highlighting Indiana
Indiana's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1837
Seat Bluffton
Largest City Bluffton
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

370.25 sq mi (959 km²)
368.09 sq mi (953 km²)
2.16 sq mi (6 km²), 0.58%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

27,636
75/sq mi (29/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.wellscounty.org
Named for: William A. Wells
Indiana county number 90

Wells County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 27,636. The county seat is Bluffton.

Geography

According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 370.25 square miles (958.9 km2), of which 368.09 square miles (953.3 km2) (or 99.42%) is land and 2.16 square miles (5.6 km2) (or 0.58%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Cities and towns

Unincorporated towns

Townships

  • Chester
  • Harrison
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson
  • Lancaster
  • Liberty
  • Nottingham
  • Rockcreek
  • Union

Major highways

  • I-69.svg Interstate 69
  • US 224.svg U.S. Route 224
  • Indiana 1.svg State Road 1
  • Indiana 3.svg State Road 3
  • Indiana 116.svg State Road 116
  • Indiana 124.svg State Road 124
  • Indiana 201.svg State Road 201
  • Indiana 218.svg State Road 218
  • Indiana 301.svg State Road 301

History

Wells County was formed in 1837. It was named for Capt. William A. Wells, who was captured by Native Americans as a young boy and adopted by the Miami chief Little Turtle. He eventually became a scout for Gen. "Mad Anthony" Wayne. Capt. Wells was killed by Potawatomi allied with the British at the Battle of Fort Dearborn at the outbreak of the War of 1812. The Potawatomi ate Capt. Wells' heart to gain part of his courage.

There was also an accident that occurred at the Clock Tower, known as the County courthouse. While either fixing or building the roof, a man fell to the grounds of Main Street. He landed on his legs, and he lived for about a week before dying. The force of the fall thrust his pelvis into his rib cage. If he would have fallen any other way, he would have died on the spot.

Climate and weather

Weather chart for Bluffton, Indiana
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30
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1.8
 
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2.6
 
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29
 
 
3.2
 
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40
 
 
4.1
 
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3.9
 
80
61
 
 
3.9
 
84
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3.7
 
81
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3.1
 
75
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2.5
 
63
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3
 
48
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2.7
 
35
23
temperatures in °F
precipitation totals in inches
source: The Weather Channel

In recent years, average temperatures in Bluffton have ranged from a low of 16 °F (−9 °C) in January to a high of 84 °F (29 °C) in July, although a record low of −24 °F (−31 °C) was recorded in January 1985 and a record high of 104 °F (40 °C) was recorded in July 1980. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.83 inches (46 mm) in February to 4.11 inches (104 mm) in May.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 1,822
1850 6,152 237.7%
1860 10,844 76.3%
1870 13,585 25.3%
1880 18,442 35.8%
1890 21,514 16.7%
1900 23,449 9.0%
1910 22,418 −4.4%
1920 20,509 −8.5%
1930 18,411 −10.2%
1940 19,099 3.7%
1950 19,564 2.4%
1960 21,220 8.5%
1970 23,821 12.3%
1980 25,401 6.6%
1990 25,948 2.2%
2000 27,600 6.4%
2010 27,636 0.1%
Est. 2015 27,964 1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 27,636 people, 10,780 households, and 7,684 families residing in the county. The population density was 75.1 inhabitants per square mile (29.0/km2). There were 11,659 housing units at an average density of 31.7 per square mile (12.2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.3% white, 0.4% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.3% black or African American, 0.8% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.0% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 38.4% were German, 12.3% were English, 10.8% were Irish, and 10.3% were American.

Of the 10,780 households, 33.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.1% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 28.7% were non-families, and 24.8% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.00. The median age was 40.2 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $47,697 and the median income for a family was $56,885. Males had a median income of $41,871 versus $30,031 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,169. About 6.2% of families and 8.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.8% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over.


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