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History and Facts of Indiana Counties

The Indiana Territory, was organized on May 7, 1800. The State of Indiana was created as the 19th state on December 11, 1816. The State of Indiana is bordered by MichiganIllinoisOhio and Kentucky. The capital is Indianapolisand the official state website is http://www.in.gov/. It has 92 Counties.

List of Indiana Counties

Indiana is divided into 92 counties.

List of Old Former / Extinct Indiana Counties

Indiana has counties that no longer are in existence. A lot of these counties were established and disbanded within the 19th century; county borders have modified very little since 1900 in the vast most of states.

The below Indiana counties no longer exist:

?? County, Indiana

Created ? from ?. It was abolished ? and re-established as ? County on ?.

  • Adams New Purchase: Formed in 1820 as Delaware New Purchase, renamed in 1827 and abolished in 1844
  • Delaware New Purchase: Formed in 1820 from Unorganized Land, renamed Adams New Purchase in 1827.  Some of the records may exist in Fayette, Franklin, Jackson, Jennings, Randolph, Ripley, Wayne and Bartholomew Counties. Portions were set apart as the entire counties of Allen County, Bartholomew County, Hamilton County, Henry County, Johnson County, Marion County, Rush County, and Shelby County. Parts of the counties of Delaware County, Hendricks County, Madison County, and Morgan County also were located in the Delaware Purchase.
  • Randolph (Old) County: Formed in 1790 from territorial St. Clair County in the Northwest Territory, became part of the Indiana Territory in 1800, absorbed by the Illinois Territory in 1809)
  • Richardville County: Formed in 1844 from Unorganized Land, renamed Howard Co in 1846
  • St Clair County: Formed in 1790 from Unorganized Land in the Northwest Territory, became part of the Indiana Territory in 1800, absorbed by the Illinois Territory in 1809
  • Wabash New Purchase: Formed in 1820 from territorial Knox County and Unorganized Land and abolished in 1835. Some early records may be found in Monroe, Owen, Vigo and Parke Counties
  • Wayne (Old) County: Formed in 1796 from Unorganized Land in the Northwest Territory which included parts of modern Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. Wayne Co outside of the Northwest Territory was eliminated in 1800. In 1803 Wayne County, Indiana Territory was created from territorial Knox and St.Clair Counties as well as Unorganized Land which included parts of modern Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and most of Michigan.It was eliminated in 1805. In 1811 Wayne County was formed and becae a Indiana State County in 1816)
  • Newton (Old) County: Formed in 1835 from Unorganized Land and abolished in 1839

Map of Indiana County Boundary Changes from 1758 to 1932

This Interactive Map of Indiana Counties show the historical boundaries, names, organization, and attachments of every county, extinct county and unsuccessful county proposal from the creation of Indiana in 1758-1932.

Fun Facts about Indiana Counties

County Name Facts

The County names:

  • 0 of them named for Native American words or people,
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Counties by Year

St. Clair County was the first county created in 1790. The last counties to be formed was Douglas County and Ford County in 1859.

  • ? County was the first county created on ?.
  •  The last county to be formed was ? County on ?.
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Facts for County Size

  • ? County (000 sq mi) is the largest county in Indiana.
  • ? County (000 sq mi) is the smallest county in Indiana.

Facts for County Population (2017 Est.)

  • ? County (000) is the most populated county in Indiana.
  • ? County (000) is the least populated county in Indiana.

Facts for Indiana Counties and Cities

Indiana’s 10 largest cities (2010) are:

  1. Birmingham (000) is in ? County and ? Counties
  2. Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Evansville, South Bend, Hammond, Bloomington, Gary, Carmel, Fishers and Muncie