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Southern Indiana Development Commission

Lawrence County

Lawrence County is located in southwestern Indiana. The County comprises a total of 448.8 square miles or 287,232 acres. The county is predominately rural in nature with scattered settlements. The total population of Lawrence County is 46,078 (Estimated 2012). Major population centers are Bedford with a population of 13,413, and Mitchell with a population of 4,350.


Diverse topographic relief characterizes the five county districts. U.S. Highway 231, which passes north-south through the Greene and Martin Counties, serves as a line of demarcation for the physiographic districts. The portion of Wabash Lowland physiographic region is characterized by extensive river bottoms and gently rolling hills. The portion of the region located east of U.S., Highway 231 is a part of the Crawford Upland, Norman Upland, and Mitchell Plain physiographic regions. Steep hills and deep valleys characterize this portion of the district. There are eight (8) different soil districts or soil associations for Lawrence County.


Subsurface water supplies are generally hard to access in Lawrence County. The limestone in the area is responsible for the problems in accessing water. Lawrence County is within the Wabash River Basin and within the Watershed of the White River. The East Fork of the White River and its various major tributaries drains Lawrence County. They are Salt, Leatherwood, DeWitt, and Guthrie Creeks and many minor tributaries, including Sugar, Mill, Fishing, Chapman, and Crooked Creeks. In the northeastern portion of the County, Salt Creek and the Little Salt Creek and its related river branches dominate the topography. Leatherwood, the south fork of Leatherwood, DeWitt, Crawford, and the south fork of Crawford and Guthrie and Back Creeks influence the eastern portion. In the western portion of the County the primary water courses are the East Fork of the White River and Indian Creek, both of which meander through the areas of Williams and Silverville. There is a water impoundment area along the East Fork of the White River known as Williams Dam, and many lakes and ponds to be found within Spring Mill State Park, and at Kenray Lake, Georgia Quarry, and the Georgia Fire Tower Lake. In addition, there are a number of large springs within the county, which result from the unique ground water drainage characteristics of the Karst topography of the Mitchell Plain. Extensive districts along most of the rivers and streams in the County are subject to flooding. The majority of land area in Lawrence County is underlain with limestone. Sandstones and shale form the bedrock in some parts of the County. The county south of the East Fork of the White River and east of Bryantsville and Mitchell is entirely underlain by limestone. Limestone "sinks", which range from mere sage a few yards in diameter to depressions from 50 to 100 feet deep and a quarter of a mile wide are characteristic of this district. Sandstone and shale are found in the northern portion of the county. Limestone, sandstone, and shale outcropping are evident in this area.


Quarry

Important Links


http://www.limestoneco untry.com/


http://www.bedfordonlin e.com/



Spring Mill State Park

Quick Facts

Area

2000

2010

2012 Estimate

Change 2010-2012

Lawrence

45922

46134

46078

-56

Indiana

6080524

6483802

6537334

53532

Source: http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/18/18027.html

Population Change 2000-2010 & Estimated 2012

County Council

President: Eugene McCracken

Member: Craig Turpen

Member: James R. Edwards

Member: Jason Mullis

Member: Mark Mathis

Member: Mike Wright

Member: Keith Dillman

County Commissioners

President: Chris May

Member: David Flinn

Member: William Spreen

Area

Total

White

Black

Other

% White

% Minority

Hispanic

% Hispanic

Lawrence

46134

44905

18

1043

98.9%

1.1%

545

1.2%

Indiana

6483802

5467906

591397

424499

84.3%

15.7%

389707

6.0%

2010 Population by Racial Composition

Source:http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/community_facts.xhtml

Source:http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/community_facts.xhtml

Median Age and Household Size in 2010

Area


Male

Female

Total

Median Age

Average Household Size

Lawrence

22803

23331

46134

41.6

2.42

Indiana

3189737

3294065

6483802

37

2.52

Area

2000

2010

Lawrence

7.3

15.8

Indiana

6.7

14.1

Source: US Census &http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/community_facts.xhtml

Poverty Rates

Population of Communities in County

Bedford- 13,413

Mitchell- 4,350

Oolitic- 1,184



Source: Stats Indiana- 2010

Source: Stats Indiana- 2010

County

Per Capita Income 2000

Per Capita Income 2010

Lawrence

23746

29862

Indiana

27459

34028

School Corporation

2013 Enrollment

2012 Graduation Rates %

2011 Average SAT Score

North Lawrence Community Schools

5193

85.6

998

Mitchell Community Schools

1774

86

934

Public School Corporation Data

Source: Indiana Department of Education

Photo credit for Quarry and Park: http://www.limestoneco untry.com/