Downtown Greentown in the winter. Showing the light, and the corner which Subway sits.
Location in the state of Indiana
|• Total||1.37 sq mi (3.55 km2)|
|• Land||1.37 sq mi (3.55 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||840 ft (256 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||2,412|
|• Density||1,762.8/sq mi (680.6/km2)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EST (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0435455|
Greentown is a town in Liberty Township, Howard County, Indiana, United States. Located approximately 9 miles east of Kokomo on State Road 22 / US 35, it is home to the Howard County Fair Grounds. The town was incorporated sometime between the 1870 and 1880 US Census. Known for its collectible glassware made for only a few years by a local factory destroyed in 1903, it is home to the Greentown Glass Museum. As of the 2010 census, the town's population was 2,415.
Greentown is located at (40.478556, -85.964683).
According to the 2010 census, the town has a total area of 1.37 square miles (3.5 km2), all land. It was the nearest town to the epicenter of the magnitude 3.8 Indiana earthquake of December 30, 2010.
History of Greentown
Greentown was laid out in 1848 on the site of a former Indian encampment.
There are a few different versions of how Greentown received its name. One of the more obvious versions would be that Greentown was an area of luscious green grass. Another version deals with the fact that before the town was incorporated that land was a part of a former township named Green Township. Green Township formed into both Liberty, and Union Townships in 1860, and so even though Greentown wasn't incorporated until the 1870s people were still living there when it was Green Township, and may have possibly all opted to preserve Green Township in some way by naming their town after it. One other version is based on the idea of Greentown being an Indian settlement named after an Indian chief called Green.
Greentown was incorporated some time between 1870 and 1880 as it first appeared on the US census in 1880. The population started out at just over 200, and quickly reached a thousand. Over the years ever since Greentown's population numbers have seen huge gains every couple census' followed by tiny drops between those which has been enough for the town to slowly grow over time, and has near 2,500 people since the 1990s. Greentown is expected to annex more land when the sewage treatment plant is fixed which is expected to bring forth another gain again soon.
Greentown’s first natural gas well came in 1877, and was located near the railroad on the west side of town. In years later to come, D.C Jenkins founded the glass manufacturing plant, Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Factory. The company was sold in 1899 to the National Glass Company. This company was fully operation up until 1903 when a fire took the building. The National Glass Company created glassware which is highly desirable today. The glass factory brought many jobs to the area and marked the town’s main period of industrial activity. When the factory burned down and the natural gas supply drastically declined, Greentown’s population dropped by about ten percent and the town as a whole suffered severe loss of revenue. However, the town has since doubled in size of its industrial peak. More info on Greentown glass click here!
Greentown is home to two public libraries, one in the elementary building and the other in the local high school. The libraries host many events in the community to get Greentown residents involved and interested in reading.
In 1869 the citizens undertook the building of the Kokomo Greentown Jerome Gravel Road; it was along the north side of the Wildcat and had two toll gates. Today we call it Sycamore Road, running from Kokomo to 780 East and thence southeast into Greentown. At the same time the Kokomo Greentown Gravel Road was built on today's 50 North. These two roads joined on 50 North and 780 East and came together into Greentown.
In modern times there is Main Street that doubles as several highways, Meridian Street as the main north and south road. That is where historic downtown Greentown is centered, and the Howard County Fair is down Meridian Street just north of Greentown. Walnut Street is the street the Elementary School is on, and Harrison Street is the street Eastern Junior & Senior High School is on, the football stadium is on the corner of Walnut Street, and Harrison Street.
- US-35 to Logansport (North) and Muncie (South)
- IN-19 to Converse (North) and Tipton (South)
- IN-22 to Burlington and Kokomo (West) and Gas City and Hartford City (East)
- IN-213 from Greentown (North) to near Noblesville (South)
- Comet Trail - a trail that is a mile long. It is named after the local high school mascot.
- Historic Downtown Walking Trail - a trail that also allows you to learn more history about the area as well if you choose.
Greentown first appeared on the census in 1880. In 1870 the only three towns listed in Howard County were Kokomo, Russiaville, and New London. In 1880 New London vanished and Greentown was listed instead. Soon after Greentown being incorporated it's population was instantly double that of Russiavilles', and the population quickly exploded to over a thousand people in just twenty years
As of the census of 2010, there were 2,415 people, 964 households, and 645 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,762.8 inhabitants per square mile (680.6/km2). There were 1,069 housing units at an average density of 780.3 per square mile (301.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.1% White, 0.6% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.5% of the population.
There were 964 households of which 34.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.5% were married couples living together, 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.1% were non-families. 29.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.97.
The median age in the town was 41.4 years. 25.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.5% were from 25 to 44; 25.3% were from 45 to 64; and 20.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 46.0% male and 54.0% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,546 people, 995 households, and 703 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,534.8 people per square mile (983.0/km²). There were 1,050 housing units at an average density of 1,045.4 per square mile (405.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.92% White, 0.47% African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.27% from other races, and 0.71% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.98% of the population.
There were 995 households out of which 37.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.0% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.3% were non-families. 27.5% 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 2.49 and the average family size was 3.02.
In the town the population was spread out with 28.1% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 85.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.6 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $43,750, and the median income for a family was $52,310. Males had a median income of $42,132 versus $27,000 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,057. About 6.5% of families and 9.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.4% of those under age 18 and 3.2% of those age 65 or over.
Eastern High School competes in the Mid-Indiana Conference (MIC) for athletics. Eastern's colors are hunter green and vegas gold. Eastern High School is home of the mighty comets.
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- Greentown Historical Society
- Greentown Library
- Greentown's website
- Howard County 4-H Fair
- National Greentown Glass Association