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Southern Indiana Development Commission

Martin County

When describing Martin County, one would probably mention the beautiful Martin County State Forest, the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center which provides many jobs for the community, and perhaps even the Jug Rox Nature Preserve. Martin County is one of the five counties that comprise the Southern Indiana Development Commission, and provides its community the opportunity for growth and expansion.


Martin County covers 215,200 acres and is located in west south-central Indiana. The county is predominantly rural with scattered settlements including Loogootee, Crane, and Shoals. Of these three, Loogootee is the largest city with a population of 2,751. The population of Martin County has not changed significantly in the last ten years, decreasing by 35 people.

 

The labor force is most certainly a major factor relating to the economic well-being of Martin County. According to 2010 Census data, 8,854 persons work in Martin County, and the top employers are with manufacturing. Major employers in the area include Martin County Community Schools and U.S. Gypsum. Another large employer located directly in Martin County is Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center. Crane NSWC employs approximately 2,200 civilians and continues to be a major force for Martin County’s economy.


Another major factor for Martin County is tourism. The tourism industry is without a doubt growing with the variety of activities to enjoy. With the Hoosier Natural Forest, Martin State Forest, Hindostan Falls State Recreation District, and West Boggs Park, one could enjoy fishing, hiking, boating, or simply enjoying the scenery. The natural surroundings in Martin County make it a beautiful and relaxing place to visit.


While the labor force and tourism are considerable factors that influence Martin County’s economy, the community infrastructure is extremely important for its survival. This infrastructure includes transportation, educational resources, and housing. The first section, transportation, is very important to the area. Although there are no interstates running through Martin County, there are three federal and two state highways that are heavily used for transportation of goods, persons, etc. Railroads are also an integral part of the county’s economy both in terms of income and movement of goods.


Another section of the community infrastructure, educational resources, is being improved little by little. In addition to the two public school corporations, the county constructed the Martin County Community Learning Center in 2002. This new higher education center, in conjunction with Ivy Tech State College and Vincennes University primarily, offers classes toward a full associate’s or bachelor’s degree. Updated technologies also give the option for distance education through the use of 2-way audio/visual communications. Martin County is proud to have this addition to their educational resources.


In many ways, Martin County is a community that strives to excel in every way. It maintains a steady economy; enough to expand and grow. Through all its resources, whether it be transportation, education, or the strong labor force, Martin County has and always will anticipate what the future brings.


Historic Martin County Courthouse

Important Links


http://www.martincountyin dianachamberofcommerce. org/


http://martinalliance.org/


http://www.mcedc.org/


http://www.visitmartincoun ty.org/

Jug Rock- Photo credit to Visit Martin County

Quick Facts

Area

2000

2010

2012 Estimate

Change 2010-2012

Martin

10369

10334

10260

-74

Indiana

6080524

6483802

6537334

53532

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

Population Change 2000-2010 & Estimated 2012

County Commissioners

President:  Paul George

Member:   Dan Gregory

Member: Kevin Boyd

County Council

President: Richard Summers

Member: Randy Wininger

Member: Mary M (Lynn) Gee

Member: Floyd “Lonnie” Hawkins

Member: Warren D. Albright

Member: Barb McFeaters

Member: J. Keith Gibson

Area

Total

White

Black

Other

% White

% Minority

Hispanic

% Hispanic

Martin

10334

10164

10

160

98.4%

1.6%

70

0.7%

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

Martin

5223

5111

10334

41.8

2.43

Indiana

3189737

3294065

6483802

37

2.52

Area

2000

2010

Martin

8.1

14.4

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

Crane- 184

Loogootee- 2,751

Shoals- 756


Source: Stats Indiana- 2010

Source: Stats Indiana- 2010

County

Per Capita Income 2000

Per Capita Income 2010

Martin

23052

31643

Indiana

27459

34028

School Corporation

2013 Enrollment

2012 Graduation Rates %

2011 Average SAT Score

Shoals Community School Corporation

582

67.7

1025

Loogootee Community School Corporation

963

83.9

1031

Public School Corporation Data

Source: Indiana Department of Education