|Town of Converse, Indiana|
Library in Converse
Location in the state of Indiana
|• Total||0.90 sq mi (2.33 km2)|
|• Land||0.90 sq mi (2.33 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||830 ft (253 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||1,249|
|• Density||1,405.6/sq mi (542.7/km2)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EST (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0432907|
Converse, originally called Xenia, was laid out in 1849 by O. H. P. Macy and Willis Elliott. The town experienced growth after the Civil War when the Pan Handle Railroad was built through it.
Converse is located at (40.579654, -85.869022).
According to the 2010 census, the town has a total area of 0.90 square miles (2.3 km2), all land.
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,265 people, 489 households, and 337 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,405.6 inhabitants per square mile (542.7/km2). There were 553 housing units at an average density of 614.4 per square mile (237.2/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.5% White, 0.1% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.1% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.2% of the population.
There were 489 households of which 38.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.3% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.1% were non-families. 27.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.12.
The median age in the town was 36.9 years. 29.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.3% were from 25 to 44; 23.8% were from 45 to 64; and 12.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,137 people, 470 households, and 329 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,276.4 people per square mile (493.3/km²). There were 548 housing units at an average density of 615.2 per square mile (237.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.71% White, 0.18% African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.79% from other races, and 0.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.99% of the population.
There were 470 households out of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.0% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.8% were non-families. 27.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.91.
In the town the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 14.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 97.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.7 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $33,333, and the median income for a family was $42,813. Males had a median income of $35,938 versus $25,441 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,317. About 12.6% of families and 15.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.6% of those under age 18 and 6.8% of those age 65 or over.
Converse is home to the Oak Hill United School Corporation, which oversees the Oak Hill High School Golden Eagles. The high school offers nine varsity sports for both boys and girls. The Golden Eagles have strong reputations throughout their history in many sports, including football, boys and girls cross country, boys basketball, wrestling, and boys and girls swimming. Before consolidating into the Oak Hill Community, Converse was home to its own high school, nicknamed the Bordermen, who were known for their good basketball teams and unique dress code for road games.
- Monte Towe, Denver Nuggets basketball player
- Ray Creviston, 1914 one-mile speed record, motorcycle racer 
- L.G. Murphy, business owner and manufacturer of world class fishing rods including one used by Zane Gray 
- "Places: Indiana". 2010 Census Gazetteer Files. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-04-21.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-11.
- "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Bodurtha , Arthur Lawrence (1914). History of Miami County, Indiana: A Narrative Account of Its Historical Progress, Its People and Its Principal Interests. Lewis Pub. p. 186.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.