Frankfort, Indiana

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Frankfort, Indiana
City
Clinton County Courthouse in Frankfort
Clinton County Courthouse in Frankfort
Location in the state of Indiana
Location in the state of Indiana
Coordinates: 40°16′56″N 86°30′41″W / 40.28222°N 86.51139°W / 40.28222; -86.51139Coordinates: 40°16′56″N 86°30′41″W / 40.28222°N 86.51139°W / 40.28222; -86.51139
Country United States
State Indiana
County Clinton
Township Center
Founded 1830
Incorporated 1846
Named for Frankfurt am Main
Government
 • Mayor Chris McBarnes (Republican (politician)#United States)
Area[1]
 • Total 6.31 sq mi (16.34 km2)
 • Land 6.31 sq mi (16.34 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 850 ft (259 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 16,422
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 16,276
 • Density 2,602.5/sq mi (1,004.8/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 46041
Area code(s) 765
FIPS code 18-25324[4]
GNIS feature ID 0434761[5]
Website frankfort-in.gov

Frankfort is a city in Clinton County, Indiana, United States. The population was 16,422 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Clinton County.[6]

History[edit]

Brothers John, William and Nicholas Pence, previously of Warren County, Ohio, settled on the land on which Frankfort now stands in 1869, having entered it from the government in 1867 and 1868. In 1860, the brothers donated 60 acres (240,000 m2) of the land to the county commissioners, a donation which led to the establishment of the county seat at that site rather than in Jefferson, a community which had also been vying for the honor. The new town was named Frankfort at the brothers' request and honors their German great-grandparents' home of Frankfurt am Main.[7]

The town of Frankfort was laid off on the 60-acre (240,000 m2) tract by William Douglass, the county agent, and the plat filed on June 8, 1830. The original plat consisted of 64 lots in eight blocks surrounding a public square where the courthouse now stands. The county board paid contractors Allen & Michael the sum of $20 to erect the first courthouse, a 1 12-story temporary structure made a logs hewn from trees that grew on the square and surrounding streets. Its replacement was built by contractor John Elder in 1837–1838 for $12,000 and operated for 45 years. Indianapolis architect George W. Bunting in 1881 designed the third courthouse, a 165-foot (50 m) tall structure built of Indiana limestone by contractors Farman & Pearce for approximately $200,000. Its cornerstone was laid September 2, 1882.[8]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2010 census, Frankfort has a total area of 6.31 square miles (16.3 km2), all land.[1][9]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 582
1860 773 32.8%
1870 1,300 68.2%
1880 2,803 115.6%
1890 5,919 111.2%
1900 7,100 20.0%
1910 8,634 21.6%
1920 11,585 34.2%
1930 12,196 5.3%
1940 13,706 12.4%
1950 15,028 9.6%
1960 15,302 1.8%
1970 14,956 −2.3%
1980 15,168 1.4%
1990 14,754 −2.7%
2000 16,662 12.9%
2010 16,422 −1.4%
Source: US Census Bureau

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 16,422 people, 5,835 households, and 3,972 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,602.5 inhabitants per square mile (1,004.8/km2). There were 6,551 housing units at an average density of 1,038.2 per square mile (400.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 71.9% White, 0.6% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 13.1% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 27.0% of the population.

There were 5,835 households of which 38.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.0% were married couples living together, 14.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.9% were non-families. 26.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.26.

The median age in the city was 33.5 years. 28.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.4% were from 25 to 44; 22.8% were from 45 to 64; and 13.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.3% male and 50.7% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 16,662 people, 6,279 households, and 4,175 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,240.5 people per square mile (1,251.6/km²). There were 6,682 housing units at an average density of 1,299.6 per square mile (501.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 70.08% White, 0.47% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 7.84% from other races, and 1.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 20.53% of the population.

There were 6,279 households out of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.5% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.5% were non-families. 28.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. In the city the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 10.9% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 19.1% from 45 to 64, and. 15.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 95.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,275, and the median income for a family was $42,686. Males had a median income of $32,092 versus $23,722 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,393. About 8.8% of families and 11.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.1% of those under age 18 and 10.9% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]

Schools[edit]

Public

In the fall of 2013 Frankfort plans to open an Ivy Tech that will focus on developing the local workforce. There have been discussions about using the Frankfort Times building for the school, and city officials are currently searching for places the Journal Courier could move to. As of Fall 2012, The Ivy Tech in nearby Lafayette currently has 705 students enrolled from both Clinton and Boone counties. Upon its opening it expected to offer roughly 30 courses, and providing a much closer school for both Clinton, and Boone county students.[citation needed]

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. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  7. ^ Claybaugh, Joseph (1913). "City of Frankfort". History of Clinton County, Indiana. Indianapolis: A. W. Bowen & Company. 
  8. ^ Claybaugh, Joseph (1913). "Civil History". History of Clinton County, Indiana. Indianapolis: A. W. Bowen & Company. 
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 

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