DeKalb County is a county located in the U.S.
state of Indiana.
Named for Revolutionary
figure Johann, Baron de Kalb
(1721-1780), the county was created by the Indiana legislature
in 1835 and organized in 1837. As of
2000, the population was 40,285. The county seat
was named for General De Kalb, an American Revolutionary War
officer who was of German
The county government is a constitutional body, and is granted
specific powers by the Constitution of Indiana
, and by the
The county council is the fiscal
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
Board of Commissioners:
A three-member board of
commissioners combines executive and non-fiscal legislative powers.
Commissioners are elected county-wide, in staggered four-year
terms. One commissioner serves as president. The commissioners also
function as the county drainage board, exercising control over the
construction and maintenance of legal drains.
DeKalb County has a Circuit Court (75th
Judicial Circuit) and two Superior Courts. By local rule, approved
by the Indiana Supreme Court, the jurisdiction of the Circuit Court
is currently limited to juvenile and domestic cases. Criminal,
civil and domestic cases are heard in the two superior courts.
Judges of each court are elected for six-year terms on partisan
tickets. An appointed commissioner hears small-claims cases.
The county has several other
elected offices, including sheriff
, and circuit court clerk
. Each of these elected officers serve
terms of four years and oversee different parts of the county
government. Members elected to any county government position are
required to declare a party
affiliation and be a resident of the county.
DeKalb County is part of Indiana's 3rd congressional
and in 2008 was represented by Mark Souder
in the United States Congress
According to the U.S. Census Bureau
, the county has a total
area of 364 square miles (942 km²), of which
363 square miles (940 km²) is land and 1 square mile
(3 km²) (0.27%) is water.
Population by year
As of the census
of 2000, there were 40,285
people, 15,134 households, and 10,911 families residing in the
county. The population density
was 111 people per square mile (43/km²). There were 16,144 housing
units at an average density of 44 per square mile (17/km²).
The racial makeup of the county was 97.76% White
, 0.25% Black
or African American
, 0.22% Native American
, 0.33% Asian
, 0.05% Pacific Islander
, 0.67% from
, and 0.73%
from two or more races. 1.68% of the population were Hispanic
of any race. 39.3% were of
German, 20.8% American, 9.1% English and
6.9% Irish ancestry according to
There were 15,134 households out of which 36.30% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 59.30% were married couples
living together, 8.80% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 27.90% were non-families.
23.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.30% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.11.
In the county the population was spread out with 28.00% under the
age of 18, 8.60% from 18 to 24, 30.30% from 25 to 44, 21.70% from
45 to 64, and 11.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median
age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 99.20 males. For
every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.40 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $44,909, and
the median income for a family was $51,676. Males had a median
income of $37,322 versus $24,120 for females. The per capita income
for the county was
$19,448. About 3.70% of families and 5.90% of the population were
below the poverty line
, including 6.10%
of those under age 18 and 8.50% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns
- Local Rule 17-AR-1-1, approved March 9, 2007, by the Indiana