Fast Facts:
Location: Kosciusko County (Warsaw is the county seat), northern Indiana (map); Kosciusko County was founded in 1860 and named for Thaddeus Kosciuszko, a Polish General who fought with George Washington in the Revolutionary War. Warsaw was named after the capital of Poland. Our population: 13,500 (city) and 76,000 (county).

The Basics—Warsaw, Ind. is the center of a region that is both The Orthopedic Capital of the World® and the heart of the Indiana lakes region. More than 100 natural lakes, including Indiana’s largest natural lake (Lake Wawasee—more than 23,000 acres), are in Kosciusko County.

The combination of an unprecedented concentration of world-class medical device companies (economic cluster) and natural beauty are what make Warsaw truly unique. Winona Lake is adjacent to Warsaw and adds vibrancy and historical significance to the area. Once a summer retreat in the Chautauqua tradition, its downtown has been revived as a lakeside village of shops, galleries and eateries.

A Great Place to Raise a Family—Forbes Magazine ranked Warsaw #11 in October 2010 on its list of Best Small Cities to Raise a Family. The ranking was based on five quality-of-life measures, including: short commute times, percentage of adults with a high school degree, median household income, rate of home ownership and housing affordability.

Small Town Life with Big City Access—The Warsaw region is roughly equidistant between Fort Wayne and South Bend, Indiana, both about 45 miles away, and Chicago and Indianapolis, both about 100 miles away. So, in addition to its exceptional natural environment, Warsaw is within easy driving of all that larger metropolitan areas have to offer.

Great Natural Beauty and Unique Attractions—To learn more about Kosciusko County, its history and its attractions, visit the Kosciusko County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 111 Capitol Drive, Warsaw, Ind. (off US 30).

To learn more about Warsaw and Winona Lake, visit their websites at warsaw.in.gov and winonalake.net or villageatwinona.com

To learn more about Kosciusko County government and services, visit the County’s website at www.kcgov.com

Offbeat facts
John Dillinger and Al Capone frequented the local lakes area as a favorite place to lay low. Dillinger even visited the jail in Warsaw, briefly, until he managed to walk out, according to local historians.

American Teen, a documentary film about high school life, was filmed in Warsaw, featuring local students.

Some years earlier, local dentist Steve Hollar appeared as a player for the Hickory High School basketball team in the iconic movie, Hoosiers.

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