Howard County, IN

About Howard County, Indiana

Howard County is one of 92 counties within the State of Indiana. As of 2010, the population of our county is approximately 82,752, and our county seat is Kokomo. Howard County was first known as Richardville County, which honored Jean Baptiste Richardville, was the last akima (civil chief) of the Miami people.

In 1844, our name was changed to Howard County, in honor of General Tilghman Howard, a U.S. Representative from Indiana.

Our Local Government

County Council: The county council is the fiscal body of the county government and controls all the spending and revenue collection in the county. Representatives are elected from county districts. The council members service four-year terms.

Board of Commissioners: The commissioners are the executive and legislative body of the county. The commissioners are elected county-wide, in staggered terms and each serves a four-year term. The commissioners are charged with executing the acts legislated by the council, collecting revenue, and managing the day-to-day functions of the county government.

Court: The county maintains five courts. Circuit Court, Superior Court I, Superior Court II, Superior Court III and Superior Court IV. The judge on the court is elected to a term of four years and must be admitted to practice law in the State of Indiana.

County Officials: The county has several other elected offices, including sheriff, coroner, auditor, treasurer, recorder, surveyor and circuit court clerk. Each of these elected officials serves a term of four years and oversees a different part of county government.

Major Employers

Delphi Electronics & Safety 
Chrysler Indiana Transmission 
Community Howard Regional Health
Haynes International Inc.
Meijer
Walmart Supercenter
Bona Vista Industries
Syndicate Sales, Inc.

Demographics

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 82,752 people, 34,301 households, and 22,604 families residing in the county.[17] The population density was 282.4 inhabitants per square mile. There were 38,679 housing units at an average density of 132.0 per square mile . The racial makeup of the county was 88.6% white, 6.9% black or African American, 0.9% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.8% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.7% of the population.

Of the 34,301 households, 30.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.3% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 34.1% were non-families, and 29.4% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.92. The median age was 40.7 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $47,697 and the median income for a family was $55,479. Males had a median income of $50,838 versus $33,196 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,759. About 13.1% of families and 16.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.9% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.