Place:Owen, Indiana, United States

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Owen County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana, and determined by the U.S. Census Bureau to include the mean center of U.S. population in 1920. As of 2010, the population was 21,575. The county seat is Spencer.

Owen County is part of the Bloomington, Indiana, Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

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Owen County was formed in 1819. It was named after Abraham Owen, a colonel who died at the Battle of Tippecanoe.

In 1920, the United States Census reported Owen County as the Center of Population for the US at a point 8 miles south-southeast of Spencer, Indiana. The center moved the shortest distance since census data collecting began in 1790 (just under 10 miles) from its previous center in Bloomington, IN. When the East experienced high rates of growth, as it did in the decades between 1890 and 1920, the Westward movement of the center slowed.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1819 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1819 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1819 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1819 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1820 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1830 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1882 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1820 838
1830 4,017
1840 8,359
1850 12,106
1860 14,376
1870 16,137
1880 15,901
1890 15,040
1900 15,149
1910 14,053
1920 12,760
1930 11,351
1940 12,090
1950 11,763
1960 11,400
1970 12,163
1980 15,841
1990 17,281

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External links

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