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Pulaski County, Indiana

Pulaski County, Indiana
Pulaski County Courthouse in Winamac
Pulaski County Courthouse in Winamac
Location in the state of Indiana
Location in the state of Indiana
Indiana's location in the U.S.
Indiana's location in the U.S.
Country United States
State Indiana
Established February 7, 1835
Named for Count Casimir Pulaski
County seat Winamac
Largest city Winamac
(population and total area)
 • Type County
 • Body Board of Commissioners
 • Commissioner Larry Brady
 • Commissioner Tracey Shorter
 • Commissioner Terry Young
 • Total 434.53 sq mi (1,125.4 km2)
 • Land 433.65 sq mi (1,123.1 km2)
 • Water 0.88 sq mi (2.3 km2)
Area rank 25th largest county in Indiana
Elevation 705 ft (215 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 13,402
 • Estimate (2013) 13,007
 • Rank 84th largest county in Indiana
2,237th largest county in U.S.[1]
 • Density 30.9/sq mi (11.9/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP Codes 46366, 46374, 46511, 46939, 46960, 46978, 46985, 46996, 47946, 47957, 47959-60
Area code 574
Congressional district 2nd
Indiana Senate districts 5th and 18th
Indiana House of Representatives districts 16th and 20th
FIPS code 18-131
GNIS feature ID 0446852
U.S. and State Routes


Arens Field

Waterway Tippecanoe River
  • Indiana county number 66
Demographics (2010)[2]
White Black Asian
97.2% 0.7% 0.2%
Islander Native Other Hispanic
(any race)
0.0% 0.3% 1.6% 2.4%

Pulaski County ( ) is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. According to the 2010 U.S. census, the population was 13,402.[3] The county seat is Winamac.[4]


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Major highways 2.1
    • Railroads 2.2
    • Adjacent counties 2.3
  • Municipalities 3
    • Towns 3.1
    • Census-designated places 3.2
  • Townships 4
  • Education 5
  • Hospitals 6
  • Climate and weather 7
  • Government 8
  • Demographics 9
  • See also 10
  • References 11
  • External links 12


Pulaski County was organized in 1835.[5]


According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 434.53 square miles (1,125.4 km2), of which 433.65 square miles (1,123.1 km2) (or 99.80%) is land and 0.88 square miles (2.3 km2) (or 0.20%) is water.[6]

Major highways


Adjacent counties



The municipalities in Pulaski County, and their populations as of the 2010 Census, are:

Census-designated places


The 12 townships of Pulaski County, with their populations as of the 2010 Census, are:


Public schools in Pulaski County are administered by four districts:

High Schools

  • Winamac Community High School
  • West Central High School

Middle Schools

  • Winamac Community Middle School
  • West Central Middle School

Elementary Schools

  • Eastern Pulaski Elementary School
  • West Central Elementary School


  • Pulaski Memorial Hospital, Winamac – 25 beds

Climate and weather

Winamac, 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 Winamac have ranged from a low of 14 °F (−10 °C) in January to a high of 84 °F (29 °C) in July, although a record low of −29 °F (−34 °C) was recorded in January 1985 and a record high of 102 °F (39 °C) was recorded in June 1988. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.68 inches (43 mm) in February to 4.09 inches (104 mm) in June.[7]


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 a small claims court that can handle some 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 also elected to a four-year term. In some cases, court decisions can be appealed to the state level circuit court.[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]

Pulaski County is part of Indiana's 2nd congressional district and in 2008 was represented by Joe Donnelly in the United States Congress.[10]


As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 13,402 people, 5,282 households, and 3,707 families residing in the county.[16] The population density was 30.9 inhabitants per square mile (11.9/km2). There were 6,060 housing units at an average density of 14.0 per square mile (5.4/km2).[6] The racial makeup of the county was 97.2% white, 0.7% black or African American, 0.3% American Indian, 0.2% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.4% of the population.[16] In terms of ancestry, 32.4% were German, 12.2% were Irish, 8.6% were English, and 8.2% were American.[17]

Of the 5,282 households, 31.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.6% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.8% were non-families, and 25.6% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.97. The median age was 41.7 years.[16]

The median income for a household in the county was $47,697 and the median income for a family was $50,903. Males had a median income of $43,624 versus $27,131 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,491. About 13.4% of families and 17.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.5% of those under age 18 and 8.3% of those age 65 or over.[18]

See also


  1. ^ "USA Counties in Profile". STATS Indiana. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  2. ^ U.S. Census Bureau. American Community Survey, Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics 2010, Table DP-1, 2010 Demographic Profile Data. American FactFinder. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
  3. ^ a b "Pulaski County QuickFacts".  
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  5. ^ "Pulaski County, Indiana". Find a County. National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2014-07-14. 
  6. ^ a b "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County".  
  7. ^ a b "Monthly Averages for Winamac, Indiana". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  8. ^ a b  
  9. ^ a b c d  
  10. ^ "US Congressman Joe Donnelly". US Congress. Retrieved 2008-10-08. 
  11. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  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 "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data".  
  17. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates".  
  18. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates".  

External links

  • Pulaski County official website
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