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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.

Hancock County, Indiana

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Hancock County is a county located in the state of Indiana. As of 2010, the population was 70,002. Hancock County was created on March 1, 1828. The county seat is Greenfield. The county is named for John Hancock, first signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Hancock County is included in the Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN Metropolitan Statistical Area

Etymology - Origin of Hancock County Name

The county is named for John Hancock, the first signer of the Declaration of Independence who is remembered for his large signature. It is said he wanted King George to be able to see it without his glasses!


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Hancock County History

Hancock County was organized effective March 1, 1828. It was named for John Hancock, president of the Continental Congress, who signed his name prominently to the Declaration of Independence

Hancock County is divided into 9 Civil Townships as follows: Blue River, Brandywine, Brown, Buck Creek, Center, Green, Jackson, Sugar Creek and Vernon

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 307 square miles (794 km2), of which 306 square miles (793 km2) is land and 1 square mile (2 km2) (0.20%) is water.

Hancock county is located close to the center of Indiana.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • North: Madison County
  • Northeast: Henry County
  • Southeast: Rush County
  • South: Shelby County
  • West: Marion County
  • Northwest: Hamilton County


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