Location in the state of Indiana
|• Total||1.38 sq mi (3.57 km2)|
|• Land||1.38 sq mi (3.57 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||860 ft (262 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||1,479|
|• Density||1,498.6/sq mi (578.6/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-9)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0437628|
Lapel is a town in Stony Creek Township, Madison County, Indiana, United States. It is part of the Anderson, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 2,068 at the 2014 census. Lapel is home to the Class A 2005 State Champion Lapel Bulldogs Basketball team, thanks to Jason Holsinger and is also home to the 1940 Lapel Bulldogs Basketball team that reached the Final Four during the days of single-class high school basketball in Indiana.
Lapel was founded in 1876 and was at one time home to movie theatres, a Ford dealership, bowling alley, putt-putt golf, a large rock quarry, canning factory, jewelry shops, and two small department stores. However, Lapel's proximity to the cities of Anderson and Indianapolis caused much of that business activity to eventually relocate. Today the town is known for its glass factory, golf club, and an annual Village Fair that attracts numerous visitors in early summer. The town has experienced new residential and commercial development in recent years, and antique gas lights have been installed along the main street with plans to continue installing them along the SR 13/Pendleton Avenue corridor.
Lapel is located at (40.068006, -85.847478).
According to the 2010 census data, the town total area covers 14.03 square miles or 36.33 sq. km., all land.
Lapel contains an elementary school, a junior high school and a high school. A new high school building was finished in December 2007. Lapel schools are a part of the Frankton-Lapel School Corporation in central Madison County.
The high school has about 450 students and is part of the 2A IHSAA. The LHS Marching Bulldogs Band, under the direction of Greg R. Scott, have earned many honors including Indiana State Fair Annual Band competition, touring in Savannah, Georgia, Boston, Mississippi and the Indy 500 annual parade. They are widely known for their "Funky Chicken". Lapel High School is home of the 2005 IHSAA basketball state champions. Lapel varsity football won the 1A sectional championship in 2008. The girls varsity softball team won the sectional in 2009. It is a four-star school.
As of the census of 2010, there were 2,068 people, 803 households, and 578 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,498.6 inhabitants per square mile (578.6/km2). There were 850 housing units at an average density of 615.9 per square mile (237.8/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.7% White, 0.2% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.8% of the population.
There were 803 households of which 38.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 13.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 28.0% were non-families. 23.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 2.99.
The median age in the town was 37.3 years. 27.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.2% were from 25 to 44; 25.9% were from 45 to 64; and 12.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 48.3% male and 51.7% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,855 people, 749 households, and 534 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,421.5 people per square mile (930.2/km²). There were 788 housing units at an average density of 1,028.6 per square mile (395.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.87% White, 0.05% African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.43% of the population.
There were 749 households out of which 34.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.3% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.6% were non-families. 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.9% 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 2.96.
In the town the population was spread out with 27.5% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 30.9% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 12.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 94.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.7 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $41,389, and the median income for a family was $48,083. Males had a median income of $38,854 versus $24,727 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,887. About 4.8% of families and 5.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.7% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.
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