Noble County, Indiana

Noble County is a county in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 47,536.[1] The county seat is Albion.[2] The county is divided into 13 townships which provide local services.[3][4]

Noble County
Noble County
Noble County Courthouse in Albion
Noble County Courthouse in Albion
Map of Indiana highlighting Noble County
Location within the U.S. state of Indiana
Map of the United States highlighting Indiana
Indiana's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 41°24′N 85°25′W / 41.4°N 85.42°W / 41.4; -85.42
Country United States
State Indiana
Founded7 February 1835 (authorized)
1836 (organized)
Named forGovernor Noah Noble
SeatAlbion
Largest cityKendallville
Area
 • Total417.43 sq mi (1,081.1 km2)
 • Land410.84 sq mi (1,064.1 km2)
 • Water6.59 sq mi (17.1 km2)  1.58%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2018)
47,532
 • Density115.7/sq mi (44.7/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district3rd
Websitenobleco.squarespace.com
Indiana county number 57

Noble County comprises the Kendallville, IN Micropolitan Statistical Area and is included in the Fort Wayne-Huntington-Auburn, IN Combined Statistical Area.

HistoryEdit

Noble County's government was organized beginning in 1836. The county was named for a family that was influential in Indiana politics at the time, including the Indiana governor at the time (1831-1837) Noah Noble and his brother, James, who served as the state's first senator after it gained statehood.[5]

Noble County's first homesteaders came from New England, known as "Yankees"; people descended from the English Puritans who settled New England in the 1600s. They were part of a wave of New Englanders who migrated west to what was then the Northwest Territory during the early 1800s. This migration was sparked as a result of the completion of the Erie Canal and conclusion of the Black Hawk War. They founded the towns of Kendallville and Albion.[6]

GeographyEdit

Noble County is in the state's northeast corner. Its low, rolling terrain is dotted with lakes and wetlands, but is otherwise entirely devoted to agriculture or urban development.[7] Its highest point (1,073 feet/327 meters ASL), Sand Hill in Wayne Township, near the county's north line with LaGrange County,[8] is the state's second-highest named point.[9] The Elkhart River flows from the NW part of the county into Elkhart County.

According to the 2010 United States Census, Noble County has a total area of 417.43 square miles (1,081.1 km2), of which 410.84 square miles (1,064.1 km2) (or 98.42%) is land and 6.59 square miles (17.1 km2) (or 1.58%) is water.[10]

Adjacent countiesEdit

CitiesEdit

TownsEdit

Unincorporated communitiesEdit

TownshipsEdit

Major highwaysEdit

Major lakesEdit

  • Axel Lake
  • Bartley Lake
  • Big Lake
  • Bixler Lake
  • Bristol Lake
  • Cree Lake
  • Crooked Lake (part)
  • Diamond Lake
  • Eagle Lake
  • Engle Lake
  • Gordy Lake
  • Grannis Lake
  • Jones Lake
  • Knapp Lake
  • Latta Lake
  • Lindsey Lake
  • Little Long Lake
  • Loon Lake (part)
  • Lower Long Lake
  • Marl Lake
  • Millers Lake
  • Moore Lake
  • Moss Lake
  • Mud
  • Pleasant Lake
  • Port Mitchell Lake
  • Roudy Lake
  • Round Lake
  • Schockopee Lake
  • Skinner Lake
  • Sparta Lake
  • Summit Lake
  • Sylvan Lake
  • Upper Long Lake
  • Waldron Lake
  • West Lakes
  • Wible Lake[7]

Protected areasEdit

  • Chain O'Lakes State Park
  • Eagle Lake Wetland Conservation Area
  • Hammer Wetland Nature Preserve
  • Mallard Roost Wetland Conservation Area
  • Mendenhall Wetland Conservation Area
  • Pioneer Trails Camp
  • Rome City Wetland Conservation Area
  • West Lakes Conservation Inc Tract[7]

Climate and weatherEdit

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In recent years, average temperatures in Albion 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 1994 and a record high of 103 °F (39 °C) was recorded in June 1988. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.80 inches (46 mm) in February to 4.44 inches (113 mm) in June.[11]

GovernmentEdit

The county government is a constitutional body granted specific powers by the Constitution of Indiana and the Indiana Code. The county council is the legislative branch of the county government, controlling spending and revenue collection. Representatives are elected to four-year terms from county districts. The council members are responsible for setting salaries, the annual budget and special spending. The council has limited authority to impose local taxes, in the form of an income and property tax that is subject to state level approval, excise taxes and service taxes.[12][13]

The executive body of the county is the board of commissioners. The commissioners are elected county-wide to staggered four-year terms. One commissioner serves as president. The commissioners execute the acts legislated by the council, collect revenue and manage the county government.[12][13]

The county maintains a small claims court that handles civil cases. The judge on the court is elected to a term of four years and must be a member of the Indiana Bar Association. The judge is assisted by a constable who is elected to a four-year term. In some cases, court decisions can be appealed to the state level circuit court.[13]

The county has other elected offices, including sheriff, coroner, auditor, treasurer, recorder, surveyor and circuit court clerk. Each officer serves a term of four years and oversees a different part of county government. Members elected to county government positions are required to declare party affiliations and be residents of the county.[13]

Each township has a trustee who administers rural fire protection and ambulance service, provides poor relief and manages cemetery care, among other duties.[4] The trustee is assisted in these duties by a three-member township board. The trustees and board members are elected to four-year terms.[14]

Noble County is part of Indiana's 3rd congressional district and is represented by Jim Banks in the United States Congress.[15] It is part of Indiana Senate district 13[16] and Indiana House of Representatives district 82.[17]

Presidential election results
Presidential elections results[18]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 71.3% 12,198 22.8% 3,904 5.9% 1,002
2012 65.6% 10,680 32.1% 5,229 2.2% 364
2008 56.9% 9,673 41.5% 7,064 1.6% 270
2004 69.3% 10,859 30.0% 4,703 0.8% 117
2000 64.0% 9,103 33.9% 4,822 2.1% 291
1996 50.2% 6,782 37.7% 5,101 12.1% 1,636
1992 42.9% 5,883 32.2% 4,411 24.9% 3,419
1988 65.3% 7,889 34.3% 4,143 0.5% 57
1984 65.7% 8,459 32.9% 4,237 1.3% 171
1980 57.4% 7,624 35.5% 4,721 7.1% 937
1976 52.9% 6,885 45.2% 5,875 1.9% 253
1972 64.8% 7,916 34.8% 4,250 0.5% 60
1968 51.4% 6,699 38.9% 5,075 9.8% 1,272
1964 42.5% 5,682 57.0% 7,621 0.5% 60
1960 60.3% 8,069 39.3% 5,264 0.4% 54
1956 66.6% 8,175 32.8% 4,028 0.5% 64
1952 65.4% 8,203 33.1% 4,151 1.5% 190
1948 57.3% 6,503 41.2% 4,676 1.5% 165
1944 62.9% 7,200 36.5% 4,174 0.7% 74
1940 59.5% 7,443 40.1% 5,014 0.5% 60
1936 48.3% 5,760 50.2% 5,990 1.6% 186
1932 44.3% 5,304 54.6% 6,538 1.1% 126
1928 59.8% 6,338 39.7% 4,207 0.6% 60
1924 55.7% 5,793 40.0% 4,163 4.2% 441
1920 60.8% 6,820 37.0% 4,148 2.2% 245
1916 51.3% 3,417 46.1% 3,069 2.6% 171
1912 22.9% 1,443 45.8% 2,888 31.3% 1,973
1908 50.7% 3,507 47.0% 3,249 2.3% 158
1904 55.6% 3,683 42.0% 2,785 2.4% 160
1900 49.2% 3,100 48.8% 3,077 2.0% 126
1896 51.8% 3,372 47.2% 3,071 1.1% 69
1892 47.1% 2,823 48.0% 2,879 4.9% 293
1888 49.2% 3,026 48.4% 2,979 2.5% 151

DemographicsEdit

Historical population
Census Pop.
18402,702
18507,946194.1%
186014,91587.7%
187020,38936.7%
188022,95612.6%
189023,3591.8%
190023,5330.7%
191024,0092.0%
192022,470−6.4%
193022,404−0.3%
194022,7761.7%
195025,07510.1%
196028,16212.3%
197031,38211.4%
198035,44312.9%
199037,8776.9%
200046,27522.2%
201047,5362.7%
Est. 201947,7440.4%
US Decennial Census[19]
1790-1960[20] 1900-1990[21]
1990-2000[22] 2010-2013[1] 2018[23]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 47,536 people, 17,355 households, and 12,591 families in the county.[24] The population density was 115.7 inhabitants per square mile (44.7/km2). There were 20,109 housing units at an average density of 48.9 per square mile (18.9/km2).[10] The racial makeup of the county was 92.5% white, 0.4% black or African American, 0.4% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 5.2% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 9.6% of the population.[24] In terms of ancestry, 32.2% claimed German, 11.1% claimed American, 9.8% claimed Irish, and 8.5% claimed English.[25]

Of the 17,355 households, 35.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.2% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 27.5% were non-families, and 22.9% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.16. The median age was 37.1 years.[24]

The median income for a household in the county was $47,697 and the median income for a family was $53,959. Males had a median income of $40,335 versus $29,887 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,783. About 7.6% of families and 11.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.4% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.[26]

EducationEdit

School districtsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Noble County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
  2. ^ "Find a County – Newton County IN". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 11 December 2017. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Noble". Indiana Township Association. Archived from the original on 15 April 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Duties". United Township Association of Indiana. Retrieved 6 January 2011.
  5. ^ De Witt Clinton Goodrich & Charles Richard Tuttle (1875). An Illustrated History of the State of Indiana. Indiana: R. S. Peale & co. p. 568.
  6. ^ Alvord's History of Noble County, Indiana ...: To Which Is Appended a Comprehensive Compendium of Local Biography - Memoirs of Representative Men and Women of the County, Whose Works of Merit Have Made Their Names Imperishable .. - Primary Source Edition
  7. ^ a b c Noble County IN (Google Maps, accessed 29 July 2020)
  8. ^ Sand Hill IN (PeakBagger.com, accessed 29 July 2020)
  9. ^ "Sand Hill". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  10. ^ a b "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 12 February 2020. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  11. ^ a b "Monthly Averages for Albion IN". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 27 January 2011.
  12. ^ a b Indiana Code. "Title 36, Article 2, Section 3". Government of Indiana. Retrieved 16 September 2008.
  13. ^ a b c d Indiana Code. "Title 2, Article 10, Section 2" (PDF). Government of Indiana. Retrieved 16 September 2008.
  14. ^ "Government". United Township Association of Indiana. Retrieved 6 January 2011.
  15. ^ "US Congressman Mark Souder". US Congress. Archived from the original on 9 October 2008. Retrieved 8 October 2008.
  16. ^ "Indiana Senate District map". State of Indiana. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  17. ^ "Indiana House District map". State of Indiana. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  18. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  19. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  20. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  21. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  22. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  23. ^ "QuickFacts. Noble County IN". US Census Bureau. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  24. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 13 February 2020. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  25. ^ "Selected Social Characteristics in the US – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 14 February 2020. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  26. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 14 February 2020. Retrieved 10 July 2015.

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Coordinates: 41°24′N 85°25′W / 41.40°N 85.42°W / 41.40; -85.42