|City of Huntington|
|Nickname(s): "The Lime City"|
|• Mayor||Brooks Fetters (R)|
|• Total||8.84 sq mi (22.90 km2)|
|• Land||8.71 sq mi (22.56 km2)|
|• Water||0.13 sq mi (0.34 km2)|
|Elevation||748 ft (228 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||17,291|
|• Density||1,996.7/sq mi (770.9/km2)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0436634|
Huntington, known as the "Lime City", is a small city in and the county seat of Huntington County, Indiana, United States. It is in Huntington and Union townships. The population was 17,391 at the 2010 census.
- 1 Geography
- 2 Demographics
- 3 Schools
- 4 History
- 5 Economy
- 6 Communications
- 7 Transportation
- 8 Notable natives and former residents
- 9 Points of interest
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Huntington is located at .
According to the 2010 census, the city has a total area of 8.84 square miles (22.9 km2), of which 8.71 square miles (22.6 km2) (or 98.53%) is land and 0.13 square miles (0.34 km2) (or 1.47%) is water.
As of the census of 2010, there were 17,391 people, 6,566 households, and 4,197 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,996.7 inhabitants per square mile (770.9 /km2). There were 7,487 housing units at an average density of 859.6 per square mile (331.9 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.4% White, 0.6% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.4% of the population.
There were 6,566 households of which 34.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.2% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.1% were non-families. 30.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.06.
The median age in the city was 33.4 years. 24.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 13.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.5% were from 25 to 44; 22.5% were from 45 to 64; and 13.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.7% male and 52.3% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 17,450 people, 6,717 households, and 4,419 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,091.0 people per square mile (806.9/km²). There were 7,262 housing units at an average density of 870.2/sq mi (335.8/km²). The main religion is Roman Catholic, with around 42% of the city attending masses. The racial makeup of the city was 97.83% White, 0.21% African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.12% of the population.
There were 6,717 households out of which 33.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.9% were married couples living together, 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.2% were non-families. 29.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.03.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 12.9% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 18.9% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 91.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $45,600, and the median income for a family was $56,454. Males had a median income of $35,830 versus $26,921 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,242. About 5.2% of families and 7.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.2% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over.
The Huntington County Community School Corporation serves the city of Huntington and all of Huntington County. The corporation's lone high school, Huntington North High School, is located in Huntington. The three corporation middle schools, Crestview Middle School, Riverview Middle School, and three of the five elementary schools lie just outside the city limits. Private schools include Huntington Catholic School operated by the Roman Catholic Church.
Huntington was named by Capt. Elias Murray, a member of the legislature. The name Huntington is derived from Samuel Huntington, a judge, politician, and patriot in the American Revolution. Samuel Huntington is also known for being the 3rd Governor of Connecticut and the 7th President of the Continental Congress. Being a delegate to the Second Continental Congress, Huntington took part in voting for and signing the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation.
The county of Huntington was formally organized on December 2, 1834. The city of Huntington was first established by a group of pioneers, most notably Capt. Elias Murray. By 1849, Huntington contained 150 houses and a population of 700.
A small number of books have been published about the history of Huntington County, the first being History of Huntington County, Indiana originally published by Brant & Fuller. Two other books about Huntington include History of Huntington County, IN by Frank Sumner Bash in 1914 (describing its historical progress, its people, and its principal interests) and Huntington County, IN: Histories and Families by Turner Publishing Company in 1993 as a result of the Huntington County Historical Society officers and board of directors meeting in the summer of 1992 to discuss the family history of Huntington, the glue that has held together the city and county of Huntington in the heartland of the Midwest for more than 175 years.
Wabash and Erie Canal
The Wabash and Erie Canal was constructed through Huntington County in 1834 and added major economic benefit to the area. In addition to the Wabash River cutting through Huntington (see Forks of the Wabash), this newly opened trade route only sped up the population and economic growth in Huntington.
- Local radio stations
- WBZQ AM 1300 Larko Communications
- WVSH FM 91.9 The Edge, high school station (Huntington North High School)
- WQHU FM 105.5 FUSE FM, Huntington University
Huntington Municipal Airport, a small airport for general aviation, lies southeast of the city.
Several highways serve the city:
Notable natives and former residents
- Chris Kramer, starter for the Purdue Boilermakers men's basketball team and Big Ten Defensive Player of The Year recipient
- Dusty Fahrnow, Indy car driver
- J. Danforth Quayle, former Vice-President of the United States, U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative
- J. Edward Roush, U.S. Representative, father of "911 Emergency System"
- James R. Slack, state senator and Civil War general
- Archbishop John F. Noll, founder of Our Sunday Visitor a Roman Catholic Newspaper, and publishing company. Former Father of St. Mary's Catholic Church.
- Richard Leroy Walters, homeless philanthropist
Points of interest
- Church of the United Brethren in Christ National Headquarters
- Huntington County Historical Museum
- Huntington University Arboretum and Botanical Garden
- Huntington University
- J. Edward Roush Lake
- Merillat Centre for the Arts
- North Jefferson Street Historic District
- Our Sunday Visitor
- Sheets Wildlife Museum and Learning Center
- Sunken Gardens
- The Forks Of The Wabash
- The Indiana Room Genealogy Center
- United States Vice Presidential Museum
- Victory Noll
- "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-11.
- "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.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "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.
- Branson, Ronald. "Huntington County". Crossroads of America: Early Indiana History HUNTINGTON COUNTY. Indiana County History Preservation Society. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
- City of Huntington, Indiana website
- HuntingtonDaily.com, Huntington news website
- Huntington County Tab newspaper
- Huntington Herald Press daily newspaper
- Huntington County United Economic Development
- Huntington Indiana Information
- The HUFF 50K Trail Run ultramarathon
- VEEP Triathlon
- Info on BBQ grills made in Huntington
- Huntington County Community School Corporation