Indiana is divided into ninety-two counties. The oldest and newest Counties in Indiana are Knox County
(created 1790) and Newton County (created 1857).Many Indiana counties are named for the US Founding Fathers and personalities of the American Revolutionary War,
the War of 1812 and Battle of Tippecanoe; early leaders of Indiana Territory and Indiana, as well as surrounding
states like Michigan and Kentucky; plus Native American tribes and geographical features.
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PerryCounty is a county located in the southwestern part of the state of Indiana. As of 2010, the
population was 19,338. Perry County was created
on November 1, 1814. The countyseat is Tell City.
The county is named for Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry,
hero of the War of 1812.
Etymology - Origin of Perry County Name
The county is named for War of 1812 hero Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry.
Perry County was organized November 1, 1814. It was named for Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry who defeated the British
squadron in the decisive Battle of Lake Erie in 1813. Perry County was the last county to be created before the
Territory of Indiana applied to Congress for an enabling act.
Perry County is divided into 7 Civil Townships as follows: Anderson, Clark, Leopold, Oil, Tobin, Troy and Union.
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 386 square miles (1,001 km2), of which 381
square miles (988 km2) is land and 5 square miles (13 km2) (1.28%) is water.
Perry county is located in south Indiana. The county is the hilliest county as well as one of the most forested counties of in Indiana as it features more than 60,000 acres
(240 km2) of Hoosier National Forest.
Bordering counties are as follows:
Northeast: Crawford County
Southeast: Meade County, Ky.; Breckinridge County, Ky.