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Indiana Counties

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.

Perry County, Indiana

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Perry County 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 county seat 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.


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Perry County History

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.


Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Crawford County
  • Southeast: Meade County, Ky.; Breckinridge County, Ky.
  • Southwest: Hancock County, Ky.
  • West: Spencer County
  • Northwest: Dubois County


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