Attica, Indiana

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Attica
City
Looking into Attica across the Wabash
Looking into Attica across the Wabash
Nickname(s): Johnson I.N
Fountain County's location in Indiana
Fountain County's location in Indiana
Attica is located in Fountain County, Indiana
Attica
Attica
Attica's location in Fountain County
Coordinates: 40°17′25″N 87°14′49″W / 40.29028°N 87.24694°W / 40.29028; -87.24694Coordinates: 40°17′25″N 87°14′49″W / 40.29028°N 87.24694°W / 40.29028; -87.24694
Country United States
State Indiana
County Fountain
Township Logan
Government
 • Mayor Robert "Bob" Shepherd (R)
Area[1]
 • Total 1.60 sq mi (4.14 km2)
 • Land 1.60 sq mi (4.14 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation[2] 545 ft (166 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 3,245
 • Estimate (2012)[4] 3,217
 • Density 2,028.1/sq mi (783.1/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 47918
Area code 765
FIPS code[2][5] 18-02620
GNIS ID[2][5] 430330
Website www.atticaonline.com

Attica is a city in Logan Township, Fountain County, Indiana, United States. The population was 3,245 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

Attica was laid out by George Hollingsworth and platted by David Stump on March 19, 1825. The completion of the Wabash and Erie Canal through the town in 1847 brought a considerable amount of growth to the area, and ended (in Attica's favor) a long-standing rivalry with the neighboring communities of Rob Roy, Williamsport and Covington.

Attica is the nearest town to the location where Paul Dresser is believed to have written the state song, "On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away", and the bridge over the Wabash River bears his name.

Geography[edit]

Map of Attica

Attica is located at 40°17′25″N 87°14′49″W / 40.29028°N 87.24694°W / 40.29028; -87.24694 (40.290227, -87.246973)[6] along the Wabash River in Logan Township. U.S. Route 41, State Road 28, and State Road 55 intersect at Attica.

According to the 2010 census, the city has a total area of 1.60 square miles (4.1 km2), all land.[7]

Demographics[edit]

A home in the historic district.
A restaurant on East Main Street.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 census,[3] there were 3,245 people, 1,308 households, and 843 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,028.1 inhabitants per square mile (783.1 /km2). There were 1,507 housing units at an average density of 941.9 per square mile (363.7 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.8% White, 0.1% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.4% of the population.

There were 1,308 households of which 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.2% were married couples living together, 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.6% were non-families. 30.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.00.

The median age in the city was 38.9 years. 25.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.3% were from 25 to 44; 25.2% were from 45 to 64; and 17.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.9% male and 51.1% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the 2000 census,[8] there were 3,491 people, 1,415 households, and 935 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,300.6 people per square mile (886.8/km²). There were 1,543 housing units at an average density of 1,016.8 per square mile (391.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.40% White, 0.03% African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.52% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.52% of the population.

There were 1,415 households out of which 30.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.5% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.9% were non-families. 29.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 93.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,191, and the median income for a family was $45,137. Males had a median income of $34,665 versus $19,384 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,802. About 7.0% of families and 11.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.6% of those under age 18 and 7.2% of those age 65 or over.

Points of interest[edit]

  • The Devon Theater, a well-preserved Art Deco-style theater.
  • The Badlands, an off-road park.
  • The Heritage Days Festival, held annually in mid-September.
  • The Attica UMC Motorsports Festival, held annually in late June.
  • Cottrell Village, an 1850s restoration of two houses and a church.
  • Ravine Park.
  • Ouabache Park, on the Wabash River.
  • McDonald Park.

Notable natives[edit]

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