Brownsburg, Indiana

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Town of Brownsburg, Indiana
Town
Motto: Community On The Move.
Location in the state of Indiana
Location in the state of Indiana
Coordinates: 39°50′31″N 86°23′44″W / 39.84194°N 86.39556°W / 39.84194; -86.39556Coordinates: 39°50′31″N 86°23′44″W / 39.84194°N 86.39556°W / 39.84194; -86.39556
Country United States
State Indiana
County Hendricks
Area[1]
 • Total 11.16 sq mi (28.90 km2)
 • Land 11.08 sq mi (28.70 km2)
 • Water 0.08 sq mi (0.21 km2)
Elevation 879 ft (268 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 21,285
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 22,603
 • Density 1,921.0/sq mi (741.7/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 46112
Area code(s) 317
FIPS code 18-08416[4]
GNIS feature ID 0431646[5]
Website www.brownsburg.org

Brownsburg is a town in Hendricks County, Indiana, United States. The population was 21,285 at the 2010 Census, an increase from 14,520 in 2000.[6]

In 2009, CNN Money Magazine ranked Brownsburg as the #1 place to live in Indiana, and #33 in the nation. The magazine cited Brownsburg's low crime, strong economy and excellent schools as factors for placing Brownsburg at the top.[7]

Geography[edit]

Brownsburg is located at 39°50′31″N 86°23′44″W / 39.84194°N 86.39556°W / 39.84194; -86.39556 (39.842032, -86.395641).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 11.16 square miles (28.90 km2), of which 11.08 square miles (28.70 km2) is land and 0.08 square miles (0.21 km2) is water.[1] Interstate 74 runs from Davenport, Iowa to Cincinnati, Ohio, crossing the northern part of Brownsburg before entering Indianapolis. Interstate 65 is also nearby along the northwest side, although not running directly into the town limits. Interstate 70 runs ca 10 miles (16 km) south of Brownsburg. State Road 267 (Green Street) runs north and south through the middle of Brownsburg and serves as one of the town's main thoroughfares. US 136 (or Main Street) runs east and west along the southern half of the town.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 876
1920 1,063 21.3%
1930 1,042 −2.0%
1940 1,136 9.0%
1950 1,578 38.9%
1960 4,478 183.8%
1970 5,751 28.4%
1980 6,242 8.5%
1990 7,628 22.2%
2000 14,520 90.4%
2010 21,285 46.6%
Source: US Census Bureau

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 21,285 people, 7,948 households, and 5,816 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,921.0 inhabitants per square mile (741.7 /km2). There were 8,376 housing units at an average density of 756.0 per square mile (291.9 /km2). The racial makeup of the town was 93.4% White, 2.2% African American, 0.1% Native American, 1.6% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.2% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.0% of the population.

There were 7,948 households of which 40.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.7% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 26.8% were non-families. 22.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.11.

The median age in the town was 36 years. 28.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.8% were from 25 to 44; 24.1% were from 45 to 64; and 12% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 48.0% male and 52.0% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 14,520 people, and 5,366 households residing in the town. The population density was 1,983.5 people per square mile (765.9/km²). There were 5,574 housing units at an average density of 761.4 per square mile (294.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.44% White, 0.32% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.78% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.35% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.18% of the population. There were 5,366 households out of which 41.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.0% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.6% were non-families. 20.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the town the population was spread out with 29.2% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 34.5% from 25 to 44, 17.9% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 92.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $63,629, and the median income for a family was $74,245. Males had a median income of $56,240 versus $38,685 for females. The per capita income for the town was $33,196. About 1.5% of families and 2.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.3% of those under age 18 and 4.4% of those age 65 or over.

History[edit]

Brownsburg's first settler was James B. Brown, a Kentucky native, who settled in Brown Township in 1824. At the time the area was dense and unbroken wilderness with only hunters and trappers in the area. Delaware Indians lived in what is now called Lincoln Township, along White Lick Creek, which was then called “Wa-pe-ke-way” or “White Salt”.

In 1828, the first log school house was built in Brown Township. One room brick schools were built every four miles, and everyone in the family except the mothers went to school when it was not crop season. The age range in the classroom was from six years to forty-three years. Brown Township was divided in 1863, becoming Brown Township to the North, named after its first resident. Lincoln Township was created to the South, being named after President Abraham Lincoln as a sign of support during the American Civil War. A stagecoach line was established along a road built in 1820 connecting all of the small outlying communities with Indianapolis.

Brownsburg was originally called Harrisburg, and under the latter name was laid out in 1835 by William Harris.[9] The first post office in town was established as Brownsburgh in 1836.[10] The first church building to be erected in Brownsburg was a log structure built in 1840. From the 1840s to the 1870s, the town almost tripled in size, from its original six acres to more than sixteen acres. 1848 brought the area’s first election with a total of ten male votes cast.

In 1869, the Big Four Railroad opened service to Brownsburg. By 1910, the Interurban was making daily trips between Indianapolis and Crawfordsville with scheduled hourly stops in Brownsburg.

In 1917, Superintendent of Schools Sylvester Moore and his wife were instrumental in forming Brownsburg’s first public library, funded by local gifts as well as a $12,500 gift from Carnegie Corporation. This building served as the Brownsburg Police Department headquarters for several years and is currently empty. The first two-story schoolhouse was built in 1917 on College Avenue. Later a gym was added to the site and was one of gymnasiums used for the filming of the movie Hoosiers. The late 1950s saw the first high school erection. It was during this time the first shopping area was established on the East edge of the Town.

Public safety[edit]

Brownsburg, along with Brown and Lincoln townships are served by the Brownsburg Fire Territory (BFT). BFT is responsible for 52 square miles. Currently Brownsburg Fire Territory employs 87 firefighters, civilian medics, and administrative staff to serve the community.[11] The incorporated Town of Brownsburg is served by the Brownsburg Police Department (BPD). Within the BPD there are 7 divisions:

  • Interstate Crime Enforcement team (I.C.E.); patrols I-74 as well as I-65 outside of Brownsburg limits
  • K9 Unit; consists of four canines and their officers
  • Uniform Patrol and Reserves; makes up 80% of BPD
  • Motorcycle Unit consisting of two Harley-Davidson police motorcycles
  • Bicycle Unit; consist of five officers operating eight months of the year
  • Training Unit
  • Emergency Response Team; commonly called a SWAT team; not a full-time department and is used only in crises.[12]

The townships of Brown and Lincoln are served by the Hendricks County Sheriff's office, though BPD often responds first.

Schools[edit]

Public schools[edit]

Brownsburg Community School Corporation maintains all public schools in Brownsburg. All public schools are fully accredited.

High schools[edit]

Brownsburg High School
The ISTEP scores have averaged 13.6% above the statewide average for the past 7 years. Graduation rate as of 2006 was 85.3% with 406 students graduating. As of the 2006-2007 school year, 88% of the 2008 students are White,7% are Hispanic, 2% are Black, 2% are Asian, and 2% are Multiracial.
Harris Academy

http://www.brownsburg.k12.in.us/harris/

Middle schools[edit]

Brownsburg West Middle School
The ISTEP scores have averaged 12.6% above the statewide average for the past 7 years. As of the 2006-2007 school year, 88% of the 720 students are White, 6% are Hispanic, 3% are Black, 2% are Asian, and 1% are Multiracial.
Brownsburg East Middle School
The ISTEP scores have averaged 13.2% above the statewide average for the past 2 years. It became a new school in 2005. As of the 2006-2007 school year, 86% of the 952 students are White, 6% are Hispanic, 4% are Black, 2% are Asian, and 2% are Multiracial.

Elementary schools[edit]

Brown Elementary School
The ISTEP scores have averaged 16.0% above the statewide average for the past 7 years. As of the 2006-2007 school year, 92% of the 701 students are White, 2% are Black, 3% are Hispanic, 1% are Asian, and 2% are Multiracial. 4-Star School.
White Lick Elementary School
The ISTEP scores have averaged 10.5% above the statewide average for the past 7 years. As of the 2006-2007 school year, 78% of the 557 students are White, 11% are Black, 3% are Hispanic, 3% are Asian, and 4% are Multiracial.
Delaware Trail Elementary School
The ISTEP scores have averaged 12.6% above the statewide average for the past 6 years. It became a new school in 2005. As of the 2006-2007 school year, 83% of the 633 students are White, 10% are Black, 2% are Hispanic, 2% are Asian, and 3% are Multiracial. 4-Star School.
Cardinal Elementary School
The ISTEP scores have averaged 12.6% above the statewide average for the past 6 years. It became a new school in 2005. As of the 2006-2007 school year, 90% of the 588 students are White, 1% are Black, 4% are Hispanic, 2% are Asian, 1% Native American, and 2% are Multiracial. 4-Star School.
Eagle Elementary School
The ISTEP scores have averaged 18.9% above the statewide average for the past 7 years. As of the 2006-2007 school year, 89% of the 728 students are White, 5% are Black, 2% are Hispanic, 1% are Asian, and 4% are Multiracial. 4-Star School.
Reagan Elementary School
Opened for 2008 School year. It was completed in July, 2008. Reagan Elementary School is expected to hold a capacity of 684 students.

Private schools[edit]

Bethesda Christian School
The ISTEP scores have averaged 27.0% above the statewide average for the past 4 years. Graduation rate as of 2006 was 95.7% with 22 students graduating. As of the 2006-2007 school year, 96% of the 408 students are White, .2% are Asian, and 1% are Multiracial. Bethesda Christian School is PK-12 grades and is an Accredited-Freeway School.
ST. Malachy
Created in 1955.

Notable people[edit]

Neighboring communities[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Places: Indiana". 2010 Census Gazetteer Files. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-04-21. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-11. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "U.S Census Bureau American Fact Finder". 
  7. ^ "Best places to live". CNN. 
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  9. ^ Hadley, John Vestal (1914). History of Hendricks County, Indiana: Her People, Industries and Institutions. B.F. Bowen. p. 89. 
  10. ^ "Hendricks County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  11. ^ http://www.brownsburgfire.org/history.aspx
  12. ^ http://www.brownsburg.org/police/division.php?fDD=9-57

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