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LaGrange County, Indiana

LaGrange County, Indiana

Overview
LaGrange County is a county located in the U.S. state
U.S. state
A U.S. state is any one of the 50 federated states of the United States of America that share sovereignty with the federal government. Because of this shared sovereignty, an American is a citizen both of the federal entity and of his or her state of domicile. Four states use the official title of...

 of Indiana
Indiana
Indiana is a US state, admitted to the United States as the 19th on December 11, 1816. It is located in the Midwestern United States and Great Lakes Region. With 6,483,802 residents, the state is ranked 15th in population and 16th in population density. Indiana is ranked 38th in land area and is...

 and in the Northern Indiana region known as Michiana
Michiana
Michiana is a region in northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan centered on the city of South Bend, Indiana. The Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County, Indiana defines Michiana as "counties that contribute at least 500 inbound commuting workers to St. Joseph County daily." Those counties...

. As of 2010, the population was 37,128. The county is located about 55 miles (88.5 km) east of South Bend
South Bend, Indiana
The city of South Bend is the county seat of St. Joseph County, Indiana, United States, on the St. Joseph River near its southernmost bend, from which it derives its name. As of the 2010 Census, the city had a total of 101,168 residents; its Metropolitan Statistical Area had a population of 316,663...

, 105 miles (169 km) west of Toledo, Ohio
Toledo, Ohio
Toledo is the fourth most populous city in the U.S. state of Ohio and is the county seat of Lucas County. Toledo is in northwest Ohio, on the western end of Lake Erie, and borders the State of Michigan...

, and 175 miles (281.6 km) northeast of Indianapolis
Indianapolis, Indiana
Indianapolis is the capital of the U.S. state of Indiana, and the county seat of Marion County, Indiana. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city's population is 839,489. It is by far Indiana's largest city and, as of the 2010 U.S...

. The area is well known for its large Amish
Amish
The Amish , sometimes referred to as Amish Mennonites, are a group of Christian church fellowships that form a subgroup of the Mennonite churches...

 population. For that reason, the county teams up with neighboring Elkhart County
Elkhart County, Indiana
Elkhart County is a county in the U.S. state of Indiana. Much of the county is in the Elkhart-Goshen Metropolitan Statistical Area, which in turn is part of the South Bend-Elkhart-Mishawaka Combined Statistical Area...

 to promote tourism by referring to the area as Northern Indiana Amish Country.
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LaGrange County is a county located in the U.S. state
U.S. state
A U.S. state is any one of the 50 federated states of the United States of America that share sovereignty with the federal government. Because of this shared sovereignty, an American is a citizen both of the federal entity and of his or her state of domicile. Four states use the official title of...

 of Indiana
Indiana
Indiana is a US state, admitted to the United States as the 19th on December 11, 1816. It is located in the Midwestern United States and Great Lakes Region. With 6,483,802 residents, the state is ranked 15th in population and 16th in population density. Indiana is ranked 38th in land area and is...

 and in the Northern Indiana region known as Michiana
Michiana
Michiana is a region in northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan centered on the city of South Bend, Indiana. The Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County, Indiana defines Michiana as "counties that contribute at least 500 inbound commuting workers to St. Joseph County daily." Those counties...

. As of 2010, the population was 37,128. The county is located about 55 miles (88.5 km) east of South Bend
South Bend, Indiana
The city of South Bend is the county seat of St. Joseph County, Indiana, United States, on the St. Joseph River near its southernmost bend, from which it derives its name. As of the 2010 Census, the city had a total of 101,168 residents; its Metropolitan Statistical Area had a population of 316,663...

, 105 miles (169 km) west of Toledo, Ohio
Toledo, Ohio
Toledo is the fourth most populous city in the U.S. state of Ohio and is the county seat of Lucas County. Toledo is in northwest Ohio, on the western end of Lake Erie, and borders the State of Michigan...

, and 175 miles (281.6 km) northeast of Indianapolis
Indianapolis, Indiana
Indianapolis is the capital of the U.S. state of Indiana, and the county seat of Marion County, Indiana. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city's population is 839,489. It is by far Indiana's largest city and, as of the 2010 U.S...

. The area is well known for its large Amish
Amish
The Amish , sometimes referred to as Amish Mennonites, are a group of Christian church fellowships that form a subgroup of the Mennonite churches...

 population. For that reason, the county teams up with neighboring Elkhart County
Elkhart County, Indiana
Elkhart County is a county in the U.S. state of Indiana. Much of the county is in the Elkhart-Goshen Metropolitan Statistical Area, which in turn is part of the South Bend-Elkhart-Mishawaka Combined Statistical Area...

 to promote tourism by referring to the area as Northern Indiana Amish Country. The county seat
County seat
A county seat is an administrative center, or seat of government, for a county or civil parish. The term is primarily used in the United States....

 is LaGrange
LaGrange, Indiana
LaGrange is a town in LaGrange County, Indiana, United States. The population was 2,625 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of LaGrange County.-Geography:LaGrange is located at...

, Indiana
Indiana
Indiana is a US state, admitted to the United States as the 19th on December 11, 1816. It is located in the Midwestern United States and Great Lakes Region. With 6,483,802 residents, the state is ranked 15th in population and 16th in population density. Indiana is ranked 38th in land area and is...

.

History


The first settlement of LaGrange County was founded about a half mile west of Lima
Howe, Indiana
Howe is an unincorporated town in Lima Township, LaGrange County, Indiana.- Local Places on the National Register:Sites in Howe on the National Register of Historic Places are:...

 in 1828. Over the next four years, settlers flocked to parts of Lima, Springfield, and Van Buren Townships. Finally in 1832, LaGrange County was carved out of neighboring Elkhart County
Elkhart County, Indiana
Elkhart County is a county in the U.S. state of Indiana. Much of the county is in the Elkhart-Goshen Metropolitan Statistical Area, which in turn is part of the South Bend-Elkhart-Mishawaka Combined Statistical Area...

 and established with Lima as the county seat. The town of LaGrange
LaGrange, Indiana
LaGrange is a town in LaGrange County, Indiana, United States. The population was 2,625 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of LaGrange County.-Geography:LaGrange is located at...

 was platted in 1836 and settled in 1842 as the new county seat, closer to the center of the county. Lima's name was changed to Howe
Howe, Indiana
Howe is an unincorporated town in Lima Township, LaGrange County, Indiana.- Local Places on the National Register:Sites in Howe on the National Register of Historic Places are:...

 in 1909.

In 1837, the government removed Chief Shipshewana and the Potawatomi Tribe from the northwest corner of the county. Several years later the Chief was allowed to return and died in Newbury Township in 1841. A town named Georgetown had been platted in 1837 but was abandoned due to lack of development. In 1844, the first Amish came from Pennsylvania to settle around the old town. The village continued not to grow and the town of Shipshewana
Shipshewana, Indiana
Shipshewana is a town in Newbury Township, LaGrange County, Indiana, United States. The population was 658 at the 2010 census. It is the location of the Menno-Hof Amish & Mennonite Museum, which showcases the history of the Amish and Mennonite peoples....

 was platted nearby in 1899 and incorporated in 1916 in Newbury Township.

LaGrange County was named after the home of Revolutionary War hero, the Marquis de la Fayette
Gilbert du Motier, marquis de La Fayette
Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de La Fayette , often known as simply Lafayette, was a French aristocrat and military officer born in Chavaniac, in the province of Auvergne in south central France...

, outside of Paris, France
France
The French Republic , The French Republic , The French Republic , (commonly known as France , is a unitary semi-presidential republic in Western Europe with several overseas territories and islands located on other continents and in the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic oceans. Metropolitan France...

.

Geography


According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 386.7 square miles (1,001.5 km²), of which 379.62 square miles (983.2 km²) (or 98.17%) is land and 7.08 square miles (18.3 km²) (or 1.83%) is water.

The county is mostly made up of rural farm land but also some rolling hills and several lakes.

Townships


LaGrange County's 11 townships are Bloomfield
Bloomfield Township, LaGrange County, Indiana
Bloomfield Township is one of eleven townships in LaGrange County, Indiana. As of the 2000 census, its population was 5,512.-External links:* *...

, Clay
Clay Township, LaGrange County, Indiana
Clay Township is one of eleven townships in LaGrange County, Indiana. As of the 2000 census, its population was 2,888.-External links:* *...

, Clearspring
Clearspring Township, LaGrange County, Indiana
Clearspring Township is one of eleven townships in LaGrange County, Indiana. As of the 2000 census, its population was 4,005.-External links:* *...

, Eden
Eden Township, LaGrange County, Indiana
Eden Township is one of eleven townships in LaGrange County, Indiana. As of the 2000 census, its population was 3,459.-External links:* *...

, Greenfield
Greenfield Township, LaGrange County, Indiana
Greenfield Township is one of eleven townships in LaGrange County, Indiana. As of the 2000 census, its population was 1,258.-External links:* *...

, Johnson
Johnson Township, LaGrange County, Indiana
Johnson Township is one of eleven townships in LaGrange County, Indiana. As of the 2000 census, its population was 3,304.-External links:* *...

, Lima
Lima Township, LaGrange County, Indiana
Lima Township is one of eleven townships in LaGrange County, Indiana. As of the 2000 census, its population was 2,387.-External links:* *...

, Milford
Milford Township, LaGrange County, Indiana
Milford Township is one of eleven townships in LaGrange County, Indiana. As of the 2000 census, its population was 2,955.-External links:* *...

, Newbury
Newbury Township, LaGrange County, Indiana
Newbury Township is one of eleven townships in LaGrange County, Indiana. As of the 2000 census, its population was 4,411.-External links:* *...

, Springfield
Springfield Township, LaGrange County, Indiana
Springfield Township is one of eleven townships in LaGrange County, Indiana. As of the 2000 census, its population was 1,284.-External links:* *...

, and Van Buren
Van Buren Township, LaGrange County, Indiana
Van Buren Township is one of eleven townships in LaGrange County, Indiana. As of the 2000 census, its population was 3,446.-External links:* *...

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Communities


LaGrange
LaGrange, Indiana
LaGrange is a town in LaGrange County, Indiana, United States. The population was 2,625 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of LaGrange County.-Geography:LaGrange is located at...

, Shipshewana
Shipshewana, Indiana
Shipshewana is a town in Newbury Township, LaGrange County, Indiana, United States. The population was 658 at the 2010 census. It is the location of the Menno-Hof Amish & Mennonite Museum, which showcases the history of the Amish and Mennonite peoples....

, and Topeka
Topeka, Indiana
Topeka is a town in Clearspring and Eden townships, LaGrange County, Indiana, United States. The population was 1,153 at the 2010 census. Topeka is located approximately 11 miles south of Shipshewana, Indiana....

 are LaGrange County's three incorporated towns. Neighboring Noble County's
Noble County, Indiana
As of the census of 2000, there were 46,275 people, 16,696 households, and 12,288 families residing in the county. The population density was 113 people per square mile . There were 18,233 housing units at an average density of 44 per square mile...

 Wolcottville
Wolcottville, Indiana
Wolcottville is a town in Johnson Township, LaGrange County and Orange Township, Noble County in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 998 at the 2010 census.-Geography:Wolcottville is located at ....

 also exists partially in LaGrange County.

Forty unincorporated communities also exist in the county. They are Beatys Beach
Beatys Beach, Indiana
Beatys Beach is an unincorporated community in Newbury Township, LaGrange County, Indiana....

, Brighton
Brighton, Indiana
Brighton is an unincorporated town in Greenfield Township, LaGrange County, Indiana....

, Brushy Prairie, Eddy, Elmira
Elmira, Indiana
Elmira is an unincorporated town in Milford Township, LaGrange County, Indiana....

, Emma
Emma, Indiana
Emma is an unincorporated town in Eden Township, LaGrange County, Indiana....

, Gravel Beach, Greenfield Mills
Greenfield Mills, Indiana
Greenfield Mills is an unincorporated community in Greenfield Township, LaGrange County, Indiana....

, Greenwood, Hartzel, Honeyville
Honeyville, Indiana
Honeyville is an unincorporated town in Eden Township, LaGrange County, Indiana....

, Howe
Howe, Indiana
Howe is an unincorporated town in Lima Township, LaGrange County, Indiana.- Local Places on the National Register:Sites in Howe on the National Register of Historic Places are:...

, Indianola, Lakeside Park, Lakeview, Mongo
Mongo, Indiana
Mongo is an unincorporated village in Springfield Township, LaGrange County, Indiana. The name Mongo derives from the early settlers' name for the area: Mongoquinong...

, Mount Pisgah
Mount Pisgah, Indiana
Mount Pisgah is an unincorporated community in Milford Township, LaGrange County, Indiana....

, Northwood, Oak Lodge, Ontario
Ontario, Indiana
Ontario is an unincorporated town in Lima Township, LaGrange County, Indiana....

, Plato
Plato, Indiana
Plato is an unincorporated town in Bloomfield Township, LaGrange County, Indiana....

, Ramblewood, River Oaks, Scott
Scott, Indiana
Scott is a small unincorporated town in Van Buren Township, LaGrange County, Indiana.-Geography:Scott is located at on the Pigeon River near the Indiana Toll Road, just about a mile south of the state border with Michigan....

, Seyberts
Seyberts, Indiana
Seyberts is an unincorporated community in Van Buren Township, LaGrange County, Indiana....

, Sha-Get Acres, Shady Nook, South Milford
South Milford, Indiana
South Milford is an unincorporated town in Milford Township, LaGrange County, Indiana.-Geography:South Milford is located at ....

, Star Mill
Star Mill, Indiana
Star Mill is an unincorporated community in Lima Township, LaGrange County, Indiana.-Geography:Star Mill is located at ....

, Stony Creek, Stroh
Stroh, Indiana
Stroh is an unincorporated town in Milford Township, LaGrange County, Indiana.-Geography:Stroh is located at on the southwestern shore of Big Turkey Lake....

, Tall Timbers, Timberhurst, Twin Lakes, Valentine
Valentine, Indiana
Valentine is an unincorporated town in Johnson Township, LaGrange County, Indiana....

, Webers Landing, Witmer Manor, Woodland Hills, Woodland Park, and Woodruff
Woodruff, Indiana
Woodruff is an unincorporated town in Johnson Township, LaGrange County, Indiana....

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Adjacent counties


LaGrange County borders St. Joseph County
St. Joseph County, Michigan
-Demographics:As of the census of 2000, there were 62,422 people, 23,381 households, and 16,600 families residing in the county. The population density was 124 people per square mile . There were 26,503 housing units at an average density of 53 per square mile...

, Michigan
Michigan
Michigan is a U.S. state located in the Great Lakes Region of the United States of America. The name Michigan is the French form of the Ojibwa word mishigamaa, meaning "large water" or "large lake"....

 to the northwest, Branch County
Branch County, Michigan
-Demographics:As of the 2000 census, there were 45,787 people, 16,349 households, and 11,575 families residing in the county. The population density was 90 people per square mile . There were 19,822 housing units at an average density of 39 per square mile...

, Michigan
Michigan
Michigan is a U.S. state located in the Great Lakes Region of the United States of America. The name Michigan is the French form of the Ojibwa word mishigamaa, meaning "large water" or "large lake"....

 to the northeast, Steuben County
Steuben County, Indiana
Steuben County is a county located in the northeast corner of the U.S. state of Indiana. As of 2010, the population was 34,185. The county seat is Angola...

 to the east, Noble County
Noble County, Indiana
As of the census of 2000, there were 46,275 people, 16,696 households, and 12,288 families residing in the county. The population density was 113 people per square mile . There were 18,233 housing units at an average density of 44 per square mile...

 to the south, and Elkhart County
Elkhart County, Indiana
Elkhart County is a county in the U.S. state of Indiana. Much of the county is in the Elkhart-Goshen Metropolitan Statistical Area, which in turn is part of the South Bend-Elkhart-Mishawaka Combined Statistical Area...

 to the west.

Transportation


The Indiana Toll Road
Indiana Toll Road
The Indiana Toll Road, officially the Indiana East–West Toll Road, is a toll road that runs for east–west across northern Indiana from the Illinois state line to the Ohio state line...

, Interstates 80
Interstate 80
Interstate 80 is the second-longest Interstate Highway in the United States, following Interstate 90. It is a transcontinental artery running from downtown San Francisco, California to Teaneck, New Jersey in the New York City Metropolitan Area...

 and 90
Interstate 90
Interstate 90 is the longest Interstate Highway in the United States at . It is the northernmost coast-to-coast interstate, and parallels US 20 for the most part. Its western terminus is in Seattle, at Edgar Martinez Drive S. near Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field, and its eastern terminus is in...

, passes through the northern fringes of the county and serves Howe, LaGrange, and Sturgis, Michigan
Sturgis, Michigan
Sturgis, is a city in St. Joseph County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 10,994 at the 2010 census. The city is located at the northeast corner of Sturgis Township and at the intersection of US 12 and M-66....

 by means of exit 121. The Toll Road connects Toledo, Ohio
Toledo, Ohio
Toledo is the fourth most populous city in the U.S. state of Ohio and is the county seat of Lucas County. Toledo is in northwest Ohio, on the western end of Lake Erie, and borders the State of Michigan...

 and Chicago. U.S. 20
U.S. Route 20
U.S. Route 20 is an east–west United States highway. As the "0" in its route number implies, US 20 is a coast-to-coast route. Spanning , it is the longest road in the United States, and the route sparsely parallels Interstate 90...

 runs through the county and connects Shipshewana and LaGrange to Elkhart
Elkhart, Indiana
Elkhart is a city in Elkhart County, Indiana, United States. The city is located east of South Bend, northwest of Fort Wayne, east of Chicago, and north of Indianapolis...

 and Angola
Angola, Indiana
Angola is a city in Pleasant Township, Steuben County, Indiana, United States. The population was 8,612 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Steuben County . Angola was founded by Thomas Gale and Cornelius Gilmore. Angola is home to Trine University...

. Indiana State Highways 3
Indiana State Road 3
State Road 3 in the U.S. State of Indiana is a discontinuous state road running through east central Indiana from near the Michigan state line to near the Ohio River...

, 5
Indiana State Road 5
State Road 5 is a north–south road that runs through northeast Indiana. Its southern terminus is at SR 22 in Upland, and the northern terminus is at SR 120 just north of Shipshewana. The largest city along its path is Huntington...

, 9
Indiana State Road 9
State Road 9 in the U.S. State of Indiana is a long north–south state highway in the eastern portion of Indiana. Its southern terminus is near Columbus at State Road 46, and the northern terminus is at the Michigan/Indiana border between Howe, Indiana, and Sturgis, Michigan, where it...

, and 120
Indiana State Road 120
State Road 120 in the U.S. state of Indiana is an east–west state highway located close to the Michigan border. It runs from Elkhart in the west to the Michigan border at the eastern edge of Indiana.-Route description:...

 also pass through the county.

Motorists have to share the roads with Horses and Buggies
Horse and buggy
A horse and buggy or horse and carriage refers to a light, simple, two-person carriage of the late 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, drawn usually by one or sometimes by two horses...

 used by the county's large Amish
Amish
The Amish , sometimes referred to as Amish Mennonites, are a group of Christian church fellowships that form a subgroup of the Mennonite churches...

 population.

Economy



The economy is based mainly on agriculture and small shops but tourism also plays a big role, especially in Shipshewana.

Climate and weather



In recent years, average temperatures in Lagrange have ranged from a low of 14 °F (-10 °C) in January to a high of 82 °F (27.8 °C) in July, although a record low of -28 °F was recorded in December 2000 and a record high of 104 °F (40 °C) was recorded in June 1988. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.76 inches (4.5 cm) in February to 4.17 inches (10.6 cm) in June.

Government


The county is led by a board of three elected commissioners that serve as the executive branch of county government. The county council is made of 7 elected members - four from each council district and 3 at large. Also, one assessor serves the entire county as opposed to one for every township.

The current county commissioners are:
  • North District: Garry Heller
  • Middle District: George R. Bachman
  • South District: Larry Miller

The current county council members are:
  • District 1: Charles F. Ashcraft
  • District 2: Ryan Riegsecker
  • District 3: Jac Price
  • District 4: Kay Myers
  • At-Large: Fred Brown
  • At-Large: Steve McKowen
  • At-Large: Mike Strawser

Accurate as of November 2011.

LaGrange County is part of Indiana's 3rd congressional district
Indiana's 3rd congressional district
Indiana's 3rd congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Indiana. Based in Fort Wayne, the district takes in the northeastern part of the state and includes Goshen....

; Indiana Senate
Indiana Senate
The Indiana Senate is the upper house of the Indiana General Assembly, the state legislature of the U.S. state of Indiana. The Senate is composed of 50 members representing an equal number of constituent districts. Senators serve four-year terms without term limits...

 district 13; and Indiana House of Representatives
Indiana House of Representatives
The Indiana House of Representatives is the lower house of the Indiana General Assembly, the state legislature of the U.S. state of Indiana. The House is composed of 100 members representing an equal number of constituent districts. House members serve two-year terms without term limits...

 districts 18 and 52.

Demographics


Approximately 37% of the population of LaGrange County is Amish
Amish
The Amish , sometimes referred to as Amish Mennonites, are a group of Christian church fellowships that form a subgroup of the Mennonite churches...

, and the county is home to the third largest Amish community in the United States. This is reflected in the linguistic situation in the county: 28.45% of the population report speaking German
German language
German is a West Germanic language, related to and classified alongside English and Dutch. With an estimated 90 – 98 million native speakers, German is one of the world's major languages and is the most widely-spoken first language in the European Union....

, Pennsylvania German
Pennsylvania German language
The Pennsylvania German language is a variety of West Central German possibly spoken by more than 250,000 people in North America...

, or Dutch
Dutch language
Dutch is a West Germanic language and the native language of the majority of the population of the Netherlands, Belgium, and Suriname, the three member states of the Dutch Language Union. Most speakers live in the European Union, where it is a first language for about 23 million and a second...

 at home. A further 2.85% speak Spanish
Spanish language
Spanish , also known as Castilian , is a Romance language in the Ibero-Romance group that evolved from several languages and dialects in central-northern Iberia around the 9th century and gradually spread with the expansion of the Kingdom of Castile into central and southern Iberia during the...

.http://www.mla.org/map_data_results&state_id=18&county_id=87&mode=geographic&zip=&place_id=&cty_id=&ll=&a=&ea=&order=r

As of the census
Census
A census is the procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. It is a regularly occurring and official count of a particular population. The term is used mostly in connection with national population and housing censuses; other common...

of 2000, there were 34,909 people, 11,225 households, and 8,856 families residing in the county. The population density
Population density
Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. It is frequently applied to living organisms, and particularly to humans...

 was 92 people per square mile (36/km²). There were 12,938 housing units at an average density of 34 per square mile (13/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.74% White
Race (United States Census)
Race and ethnicity in the United States Census, as defined by the Federal Office of Management and Budget and the United States Census Bureau, are self-identification data items in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify, and indicate whether or not they are...

, 0.19% Black
Race (United States Census)
Race and ethnicity in the United States Census, as defined by the Federal Office of Management and Budget and the United States Census Bureau, are self-identification data items in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify, and indicate whether or not they are...

 or African American
Race (United States Census)
Race and ethnicity in the United States Census, as defined by the Federal Office of Management and Budget and the United States Census Bureau, are self-identification data items in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify, and indicate whether or not they are...

, 0.15% Native American
Race (United States Census)
Race and ethnicity in the United States Census, as defined by the Federal Office of Management and Budget and the United States Census Bureau, are self-identification data items in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify, and indicate whether or not they are...

, 0.26% Asian
Race (United States Census)
Race and ethnicity in the United States Census, as defined by the Federal Office of Management and Budget and the United States Census Bureau, are self-identification data items in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify, and indicate whether or not they are...

, 1.92% from other races
Race (United States Census)
Race and ethnicity in the United States Census, as defined by the Federal Office of Management and Budget and the United States Census Bureau, are self-identification data items in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify, and indicate whether or not they are...

, and 0.74% from two or more races. 3.14% of the population were Hispanic
Race (United States Census)
Race and ethnicity in the United States Census, as defined by the Federal Office of Management and Budget and the United States Census Bureau, are self-identification data items in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify, and indicate whether or not they are...

 or Latino
Race (United States Census)
Race and ethnicity in the United States Census, as defined by the Federal Office of Management and Budget and the United States Census Bureau, are self-identification data items in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify, and indicate whether or not they are...

 of any race. 32.3% were of German
Germans
The Germans are a Germanic ethnic group native to Central Europe. The English term Germans has referred to the German-speaking population of the Holy Roman Empire since the Late Middle Ages....

, 23.8% American
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

, 6.0% English
English people
The English are a nation and ethnic group native to England, who speak English. The English identity is of early mediaeval origin, when they were known in Old English as the Anglecynn. England is now a country of the United Kingdom, and the majority of English people in England are British Citizens...

, 5.3% Irish
Irish people
The Irish people are an ethnic group who originate in Ireland, an island in northwestern Europe. Ireland has been populated for around 9,000 years , with the Irish people's earliest ancestors recorded having legends of being descended from groups such as the Nemedians, Fomorians, Fir Bolg, Tuatha...

, 5.2% Swiss and 5.1% Pennsylvania German
Pennsylvania Dutch
Pennsylvania Dutch refers to immigrants and their descendants from southwestern Germany and Switzerland who settled in Pennsylvania in the 17th and 18th centuries...

 ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 11,225 households out of which 40.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.20% were married couples
Marriage
Marriage is a social union or legal contract between people that creates kinship. It is an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged in a variety of ways, depending on the culture or subculture in which it is found...

 living together, 6.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.10% were non-families. 18.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.09 and the average family size was 3.54.

In the county the population was spread out with 33.80% under the age of 18, 10.30% from 18 to 24, 26.10% from 25 to 44, 19.80% from 45 to 64, and 10.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 102.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.6 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,848, and the median income for a family was $46,885. Males had a median income of $33,872 versus $23,395 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
Per capita income or income per person is a measure of mean income within an economic aggregate, such as a country or city. It is calculated by taking a measure of all sources of income in the aggregate and dividing it by the total population...

 for the county was $16,481. About 5.40% of families and 7.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.20% of those under age 18 and 9.10% of those age 65 or over.

68.5% of the total population and 61.29% of the children in 5-17 age group used English as their home language, according to 2000 Census. The Amish languages (German, Pennsylfaansch and Dutch) were used by 28.47% of the total population and 35.77% of the children. http://www.mla.org/map_data_results&SRVY_YEAR=2000&geo=county&state_id=18&county_id=87&mode=geographic&lang_id=&zip=&place_id=&cty_id=®ion_id=&division_id=&ll=&ea=y&order=&a=y&pc=1

Education



The county has three public school districts and the Howe Military School
Howe Military School
The Howe School is a private, co-educational, and college preparatory boarding school located on a campus in Northeast Indiana. The school enrolls students in grades 7-12....

.

Public Schools


The Lakeland Community Schools serve the central part of the county. The system includes three elementary schools (Lima-Brighton, Parkside, and Wolcott Mills), one middle school, and one high school both named Lakeland.

The Prairie Heights School Corporation serves the east side of the county as well as parts of Steuben County. The system includes two elementary schools (Milford and Prairie Heights) and one junior-senior high school named Prairie Heights. The mascot of Prairie Heights School is a black panther. The Westview School Corporation serves the west portion of the county. This system consists of four elementary schools (Meadowview, Shipshewana-Scott, Topeka, and Westview), and one junior-senior high school named Westview.

Private Schools


In addition to the public schools, Howe Military School
Howe Military School
The Howe School is a private, co-educational, and college preparatory boarding school located on a campus in Northeast Indiana. The school enrolls students in grades 7-12....

 exists in Howe and several Amish schools are located across the county.

See also

  • List of counties in Indiana
  • List of counties in Michigan
  • Michiana
    Michiana
    Michiana is a region in northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan centered on the city of South Bend, Indiana. The Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County, Indiana defines Michiana as "counties that contribute at least 500 inbound commuting workers to St. Joseph County daily." Those counties...

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in LaGrange County, Indiana
    National Register of Historic Places listings in LaGrange County, Indiana
    This is a list of the National Register of Historic Places listings in LaGrange County, Indiana.This is intended to be a complete list of the properties and districts on the National Register of Historic Places in Lagrange County, Indiana, United States...


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