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Howard County, Indiana


Howard County, Indiana

Howard County, Indiana
Howard County courthouse in Kokomo, Indiana
Seal of Howard County, Indiana
Map of Indiana highlighting Howard County
Location in the state of Indiana
Map of the United States highlighting Indiana
Indiana's location in the U.S.
Founded 1844
Named for Tilghman Howard
Seat Kokomo
Largest city Kokomo
 • Total 293.92 sq mi (761 km2)
 • Land 293.06 sq mi (759 km2)
 • Water 0.86 sq mi (2 km2), 0.29%
 • (2010) 82,752
 • Density 282/sq mi (109.03/km²)
Congressional districts 4th, 5th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Footnotes: Indiana county number 34

Howard County is one of 92 counties in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 82,752.[1] The county seat is Kokomo.[2] Originally named Richardville County, it was rechristened in 1844 to commemorate General Tilghman Ashurst Howard.

Howard County is part of the Kokomo, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area.


  • Geography 1
    • Adjacent counties 1.1
  • History 2
  • Places to See 3
  • Localities 4
    • City 4.1
    • Towns 4.2
    • Census-designated place 4.3
    • Townships 4.4
    • Other places 4.5
  • Climate and weather 5
  • Transportation 6
    • Airports 6.1
    • Highways 6.2
    • Bus Services 6.3
    • Walking Trails 6.4
  • Education 7
    • Colleges and universities 7.1
      • Public school districts 7.1.1
      • Private schools 7.1.2
  • Government 8
  • Demographics 9
  • See also 10
  • References 11
  • External links 12


According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 293.92 square miles (761.2 km2), of which 293.06 square miles (759.0 km2) (or 99.71%) is land and 0.86 square miles (2.2 km2) (or 0.29%) is water.[3]

Adjacent counties


This county was organized in 1844. It was first known as Richardville County. Its first name honored Jean Baptiste Richardville, a chief of the Miami.[4] Richardville's name was Pe-che-wa, which translates to “Wildcat”, hence Wildcat Creek.

In 1846, the name was changed to Howard County, in honor of Gen. Tilghman Howard, U.S. Representative from Indiana, who died in 1844.[5][6]

Places to See

  • Kokomo Reservoir (Wildcat Creek Reservoir)
  • Western Days Festival: First week of June, in Russiaville, Indiana
  • Howard County 4-H Fair [2], in Greentown, Indiana
  • Koh-Koh-Mah & Foster Living History Encampment, mid-September
  • Kokomo-Howard County Public Library




Census-designated place


Other places

Climate and weather

Kokomo, Indiana
Climate chart ()
Average max. and min. temperatures in °F
Precipitation totals in inches
Source: The Weather Channel[7]

In recent years, average temperatures in Kokomo have ranged from a low of 15 °F (−9 °C) in January to a high of 84 °F (29 °C) in July, although a record low of −26 °F (−32 °C) was recorded in January 1985 and a record high of 110 °F (43 °C) was recorded in July 1936. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 2.29 inches (58 mm) in February to 4.37 inches (111 mm) in July.[7]



  • Kokomo Municipal Airport


Bus Services

  • City-Line Trolley Serves the city of Kokomo. It is a fixed transportation route that is free to ride and has free wifi.
  • Trailways A service running from Indianapolis through Kokomo, and then to South Bend.
  • Greyhound Lines A nationwide service, the Kokomo stop is at the Marathon gas station on North Reed Road, and Gano Street.

Walking Trails

  • Walk Of Excellence - serves the city of Kokomo.
  • Industrial Heritage Trail - serves the city of Kokomo.
  • Nickle Plate Trail - ends in northern Howard County in unincorporated community, Cassville.
  • Comet Trail - serves the town of Greentown, and is exactly one mile in length.
  • Historic Downtown Trail - serves the city of Greentown, and you can also learn about Greentown's history while using the trail.


Colleges and universities

Public school districts

Private schools

  • Redeemer Lutheran School (K-8)
  • Sts. Joan of Arc and St. Patrick Catholic School (K-8)
  • Temple Christian School (K-12)
  • Victory Christian Academy (K-12)
  • Acacia Academy (K-8)


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. The council members serve 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 executive body of the county is made of a board of commissioners. The commissioners are elected county-wide, in staggered terms, and each serves a four-year term. One of the commissioners, typically the most senior, serves as president. The commissioners 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]

Court: The county maintains five courts. Circuit Court, Superior Court I, Superior Court II Superior Court III and Superior Court IV. The judge on the court is elected to a term of four years and must be admitted to practice law in the State of Indiana. In some cases, court decisions can be appealed to the Indiana Court of Appeals.

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]

Howard County is part of Indiana's 2nd congressional district and Indiana's 5th congressional district; Indiana Senate districts 7 and 21;[10] and Indiana House of Representatives districts 30, 32 and 38.[11]


As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 82,752 people, 34,301 households, and 22,604 families residing in the county.[17] The population density was 282.4 inhabitants per square mile (109.0/km2). There were 38,679 housing units at an average density of 132.0 per square mile (51.0/km2).[3] The racial makeup of the county was 88.6% white, 6.9% black or African American, 0.9% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.8% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.7% of the population.[17] In terms of ancestry, 22.4% were German, 15.3% were American, 10.8% were English, and 10.2% were Irish.[18]

Of the 34,301 households, 30.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.3% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 34.1% were non-families, and 29.4% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.92. The median age was 40.7 years.[17]

The median income for a household in the county was $47,697 and the median income for a family was $55,479. Males had a median income of $50,838 versus $33,196 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,759. About 13.1% of families and 16.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.9% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.[19]

See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ a b "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County".  
  4. ^ "A Look Back as We Move Forward". The Kokomo Tribune. March 28, 1999. p. 58. Retrieved August 16, 2014 – via  
  5. ^ De Witt Clinton Goodrich & Charles Richard Tuttle (1875). An Illustrated History of the State of Indiana. Indiana: R. S. Peale & co. p. 577. 
  6. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 162. 
  7. ^ a b "Monthly Averages for Kokomo, Indiana". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  8. ^ a b  
  9. ^ a b c  
  10. ^ "Indiana Senate Districts". State of Indiana. Retrieved 2011-07-14. 
  11. ^ "Indiana House Districts". State of Indiana. Retrieved 2011-07-14. 
  12. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  13. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  17. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data".  
  18. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates".  
  19. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates".  

External links

  • Howard County Official Website

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