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Ripley County, Indiana
Ripley County Courthouse in Versailles.jpg
Ripley County Courthouse in Versailles
Map of Indiana highlighting Ripley County
Location within the U.S. state of Indiana
Map of the United States highlighting Indiana
Indiana's location within the U.S.
FoundedDecember 27, 1816
Named for Eleazer Wheelock Ripley
Seat Versailles
Largest city Batesville
Area
 • Total448.06 sq mi (1,160 km2)
 • Land446.43 sq mi (1,156 km2)
 • Water1.64 sq mi (4 km2), 0.37%
Population
 • ( 2010)28,818
 • Density65/sq mi (24.93/km2)
Congressional district 6th
Time zone Eastern: UTC−5/ −4
Footnotes: Indiana county number 69
FIPS Code 137

Ripley County is a county located at the southeastern corner of the U.S. state of Indiana. According to the 2010 Census, the population was 28,818. [1] The county seat is Versailles. [2]

History

Ripley County was formed on December 27, 1816, in the same legislative act that created Jennings County. It was named for Gen. Eleazer Wheelock Ripley, an officer in the War of 1812, who figured in the Battle of Lundy's Lane and the Siege of Fort Erie during 1814. [3]

Geography

The county seat of Ripley County is Versailles, Indiana. It was selected as the county seat in 1818, and was laid out in 1819.

According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 448.06 square miles (1,160.5 km2), of which 446.43 square miles (1,156.2 km2) (or 99.64%) is land and 1.64 square miles (4.2 km2) (or 0.37%) is water. [4]

Overview of townships [5]
Township Established Year Area mi² Area km² Population Incorporated Towns
Adams 1858 43.79 113.42 5119 Batesville (part), Sunman
Brown 1823 53.67 139 1597
Center 1858 29.51 76.43 2657 Osgood
Delaware 1823 33.27 86.17 1437
Franklin 1823 36.6 94.79 3773 Milan (part)
Jackson 1823 29.87 77.36 965 Napoleon
Johnson 1823 54.98 142.4 3685 Versailles
Laughery 1819 25.97 67.26 4736 Batesville (part)
Otter Creek 1858 41.69 107.98 1410 Holton
Shelby 1823 69.39 179.72 999
Washington 1823 29.33 75.96 2440 Milan (part)
Ripley County 1816 448.06 1160.471 28,181

Unincorporated towns

Ghost towns

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • I-74.svg Interstate 74 – runs east–west across northern tip of county.
  • US 50.svg US Route 50 – runs east–west across middle of county, through Holton and Versailles.
  • US 421.svg US Route 421 - enters from Decatur County near northwest tip of Ripley County. Runs SSE to Versailles, then SSW into Jefferson County.
  • Indiana 46.svg State Road 46 – runs east–west across northern tip of county, paralleling Interstate 74 on its south side.
  • Indiana 48.svg State Road 48 – runs east–west across upper portion of county, through Napoleon.
  • Indiana 62.svg State Road 62 – begins at intersection with State Road 129, north of Cross Plains. Runs east through Friendship to Dearborn County.
  • Indiana 101.svg State Road 101 – begins at intersection with US Route 50 near east county line. Runs north to Penntown.
  • Indiana 129.svg State Road 129 – begins at intersection with State Road 46 east of Batesville, runs south to Versailles, then SSE through Cross Plains into Switzerland County.
  • Indiana 229.svg State Road 229 – enters from Franklin County at Batesville, runs SSW to Ballstown then south and west to Napoleon. Runs west to Decatur County.
  • Indiana 350.svg State Road 350 – begins at interstection with US 421 at Osgood, runs east through Delaware and Pierceville into Dearborn County. [6]

National protected area

Climate and weather

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Precipitation totals in inches
Source: The Weather Channel [7]

In recent years, average temperatures in Versailles have ranged from a low of 18 °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 100 °F (38 °C) was recorded in July 1999. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 2.71 inches (69 mm) in February to 5.27 inches (134 mm) in May. [7]

Government

The county government is a constitutional body, and is granted specific powers by the Constitution of Indiana, and by the Indiana Code.

County Council: The county council is the legislative branch of the county government and controls all the spending and revenue collection in the county. Representatives are elected from county districts, serving four-year terms. They are responsible for setting salaries, the annual budget, and special spending. The council also 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. [8] [9]

Board of Commissioners: The Board of Commissioners is the executive body of the county. Commissioners are elected county–wide in staggered four–year terms. One commissioner serves as board president. They are charged with executing the acts legislated by the council, collecting revenue, and managing the day-to-day functions of the county government. [8] [9]

County Officials: The county has several other elected offices, including sheriff, coroner, auditor, treasurer, recorder, surveyor and circuit court clerk. Each of these elected officers 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 to be residents of the county. [9]

State Government: At the State level, Ripley County is divided in its representation. Adams and Laughery Townships are located in the 55th House District which is represented by Rep. Cindy Ziemke. The rest of Ripley County is located in the 67th district represented by Rep. Randy Frye. Adams and Laughery Townships are in the 42nd Senate District represented by State Senator Jean Leising. The rest of Ripley County is in Senate District 43 represented by Senator Chip Perfect.

Federal Government: Ripley County is part of Indiana's 6th congressional district and is represented in Congress by Republican Luke Messer. Along with the rest of Indiana, its Senators are Joe Donnelly and Todd Young.

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results [10]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 75.8% 9,806 19.1% 2,471 5.1% 658
2012 67.9% 7,484 29.4% 3,241 2.6% 290
2008 63.7% 7,794 34.2% 4,187 2.1% 253
2004 69.5% 8,224 29.7% 3,510 0.9% 100
2000 65.5% 6,988 32.8% 3,498 1.8% 189
1996 49.7% 5,303 38.4% 4,097 12.0% 1,276
1992 46.0% 5,033 31.8% 3,480 22.2% 2,424
1988 63.8% 6,414 35.9% 3,605 0.3% 32
1984 68.0% 7,143 31.8% 3,336 0.3% 27
1980 56.4% 5,770 39.3% 4,022 4.3% 441
1976 52.1% 5,293 47.2% 4,792 0.7% 72
1972 64.5% 6,594 35.2% 3,601 0.4% 36
1968 51.8% 5,389 36.4% 3,787 11.8% 1,223
1964 43.5% 4,587 56.2% 5,933 0.3% 32
1960 56.0% 6,053 43.7% 4,730 0.3% 35
1956 61.9% 6,577 37.9% 4,026 0.3% 30
1952 62.0% 6,650 37.6% 4,031 0.4% 44
1948 53.3% 5,313 45.9% 4,574 0.7% 74
1944 59.1% 5,642 40.2% 3,835 0.7% 67
1940 55.4% 6,061 44.2% 4,834 0.4% 38
1936 46.0% 4,919 51.8% 5,546 2.2% 233
1932 41.0% 4,240 57.9% 5,987 1.2% 121
1928 53.4% 5,059 46.3% 4,387 0.3% 30
1924 49.0% 4,694 44.5% 4,257 6.5% 625
1920 56.8% 5,372 42.1% 3,976 1.1% 104
1916 49.9% 2,686 47.3% 2,549 2.8% 150
1912 29.4% 1,492 48.0% 2,431 22.6% 1,147
1908 47.7% 2,660 49.3% 2,749 3.1% 173
1904 52.3% 2,850 45.1% 2,457 2.6% 143
1900 49.2% 2,737 49.1% 2,732 1.7% 94
1896 49.6% 2,690 50.1% 2,714 0.4% 19
1892 45.2% 2,250 49.0% 2,442 5.8% 289
1888 49.8% 2,404 49.3% 2,381 0.9% 45

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
18201,822
18303,989118.9%
184010,392160.5%
185014,82042.6%
186019,05428.6%
187020,97710.1%
188021,6273.1%
189019,350−10.5%
190019,8812.7%
191019,452−2.2%
192018,694−3.9%
193018,078−3.3%
194018,8984.5%
195018,763−0.7%
196020,64110.0%
197021,1382.4%
198024,39815.4%
199024,6160.9%
200026,5237.7%
201028,8188.7%
Est. 201628,846 [11]0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census [12]
1790-1960 [13] 1900-1990 [14]
1990-2000 [15] 2010-2013 [1]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 28,818 people, 10,789 households, and 7,910 families residing in the county. [16] The population density was 64.6 inhabitants per square mile (24.9/km2). There were 11,952 housing units at an average density of 26.8 per square mile (10.3/km2). [4] The racial makeup of the county was 97.6% white, 0.5% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 0.2% black or African American, 0.5% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.5% of the population. [16] In terms of ancestry, 43.4% were German, 14.2% were American, 13.9% were Irish, and 8.7% were English. [17]

Of the 10,789 households, 36.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.1% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 26.7% were non-families, and 22.8% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.08. The median age was 39.2 years. [16]

The median income for a household in the county was $47,697 and the median income for a family was $57,305. Males had a median income of $41,711 versus $31,927 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,025. About 7.5% of families and 9.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.3% of those under age 18 and 8.6% of those age 65 or over. [18]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Ripley County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 25, 2011.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ De Witt Clinton Goodrich & Charles Richard Tuttle (1875). An Illustrated History of the State of Indiana. Indiana: R. S. Peale & Co. p. 572.
  4. ^ a b "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". US Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  5. ^ Bureau, U.S. Census. "American FactFinder - Results". factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  6. ^ Ripley County IA Google Maps (accessed 16 August 2018)
  7. ^ a b "Monthly Averages for Versailles, Indiana". The Weather Channel. Retrieved January 27, 2011.
  8. ^ a b Indiana Code. "Title 36, Article 2, Section 3". IN.gov. Retrieved September 16, 2008.
  9. ^ a b c Indiana Code. "Title 2, Article 10, Section 2" (PDF). IN.gov. Retrieved September 16, 2008.
  10. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  11. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  12. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  13. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  14. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  15. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  16. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". US Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  17. ^ "Selected Social Characteristics in the United States – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  18. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2015.


RIPLEY COUNTY INDIANA Latitude and Longitude:

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