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Hendricks County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indianamarker. The county seat is Danvillemarker. As of 2000, the population was 104,093. At the time of the 2005 annual update, it was 127,483. It is the 4th largest county located within the Indianapolis metropolitan area. Hendricks County is currently the second fastest growing county in Indiana and 85th in the nation.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 409 square miles (1,059 km²), of which 408 square miles (1,058 km²) is land and 0 square miles (1 km²) (0.12%) is water.

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Hendricks County was formed in 1824. It was is named for Indiana Governor William Hendricks, who was serving at the time the County was formed.


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.

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, the collection of revenue, and managing the day-to-day functions of the county government.

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 terms of four years. In some cases, court decisions can be appealed to the state level circuit court.

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 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.


Age and gender distribution in Hendricks County
As of the census of 2000, there were 104,093 people, 37,275 households, and 29,074 families residing in the county. The population density was 255 people per square mile (98/km²). There were 39,229 housing units at an average density of 96 per square mile (37/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.71% White, 1.12% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.66% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.36% from other races, and 0.87% from two or more races. 1.12% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 25.1% were of German, 23.6% Americanmarker, 13.7% English and 11.4% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 37,275 households out of which 39.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.10% were married couples living together, 7.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.00% were non-families. 18.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the county the population was spread out with 28.00% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 32.30% from 25 to 44, 22.90% from 45 to 64, and 9.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 100.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $55,208, and the median income for a family was $61,689. Males had a median income of $43,820 versus $29,340 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,129. About 2.80% of families and 3.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.20% of those under age 18 and 7.40% of those age 65 or over.



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  1. Hendricks County ranks 85th in population growth
  2. Counties in Indiana

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