|— Town —|
|• Total||2.31 sq mi (5.98 km2)|
|• Land||2.27 sq mi (5.88 km2)|
|• Water||0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)|
|Elevation||538 ft (164 m)|
|• Estimate (2011)||2,171|
|• Density||950.2/sq mi (366.9/km2)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0434450|
Ferdinand is a town in Ferdinand Township, Dubois County, Indiana, United States. The population was 2,157 at the 2010 census. It was founded in 1840 by Joseph Kundek and named after the Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria.
The town of Ferdinand was settled by mostly German-speaking people from central Europe. At one time Ferdinand was known as the wooden shoe village.
At the end of the 19th century, Ferdinand contained many businesses, including a machine works, a brick works, brewery, several taverns, and a dairy.
In 1867 the Monastery of Immaculate Conception was founded in Ferdinand.
In 1906 the Ferdinand News was established as the local newspaper.
Ferdinand is located at .(38.225392, -86.860996)
According to the 2010 census, the town has a total area of 2.31 square miles (6.0 km2), of which 2.27 square miles (5.9 km2) (or 98.27%) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (or 1.73%) is water.
As of the census of 2010, there were 2,157 people, 823 households, and 566 families residing in the town. The population density was 950.2 inhabitants per square mile (366.9 /km2). There were 866 housing units at an average density of 381.5 per square mile (147.3 /km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.2% White, 0.1% African American, 0.2% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.
There were 823 households out of which 30.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.9% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.2% were non-families. 27.5% 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 2.38 and the average family size was 2.89.
The median age in the town was 45.1 years. 21% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.6% were from 25 to 44; 25% were from 45 to 64; and 25.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 44.5% male and 55.5% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,277 people, 808 households, and 569 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,017.3 people per square mile (392.5/km²). There were 845 housing units at an average density of 377.5 per square mile (145.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.03% White, 0.04% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 0.31% from other races, and 0.26% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.61% of the population.
There were 808 households out of which 35.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.9% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.5% were non-families. 27.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.09.
In the town the population was spread out with 24.8% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 20.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 78.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.3 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $41,326, and the median income for a family was $52,065. Males had a median income of $34,205 versus $23,646 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,335. About 3.4% of families and 9.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.2% of those under age 18 and 16.1% of those age 65 or over.
Attractions in Ferdinand include:
- Monastery Immaculate Conception, the monastery of The Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand
- Ferdinand State Forest
- Ferdinand Folk Festival
- Ferdinand Little League Baseball
- Ferdinand Kiwanis Soccer League
- Cub Scout Pack 186
- Boy Scout Troop 186
- Venturing Crew 186
- St. Ferdinand Youth Group
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- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer Files for Places – Indiana". United States Census. Retrieved 2012-04-21.
- Town of Ferdinand, Indiana, website
- Monastery Immaculate Conception
- Ferdinand State Forest
- Visit Dubois County
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