Hendricks County is a
county located in the U.S. state of Indiana.
county seat is Danville.
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
. 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.
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
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.
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
The county has several other
elected offices, including sheriff
, and circuit court
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
affiliation and be a resident
of the county.
Age and gender distribution in
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
, and 0.87%
from two or more races. 1.12% of the population were Hispanic
of any race. 25.1% were of German, 23.6% American, 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
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.
- Hendricks County ranks 85th in population
- Counties in Indiana