Morgantown, Indiana

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Morgantown, Indiana
Town
Morgantown Town Hall
Morgantown Town Hall
Nickname(s): Motown
Location of Morgantown in the state of Indiana
Location of Morgantown in the state of Indiana
Coordinates: 39°22′25″N 86°15′38″W / 39.37361°N 86.26056°W / 39.37361; -86.26056Coordinates: 39°22′25″N 86°15′38″W / 39.37361°N 86.26056°W / 39.37361; -86.26056
Country United States
State Indiana
County Morgan
Township Jackson
Area[1]
 • Total 0.38 sq mi (0.98 km2)
 • Land 0.38 sq mi (0.98 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 679 ft (207 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 986
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 986
 • Density 2,594.7/sq mi (1,001.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 18-51102[4]
GNIS feature ID 0439438[5]
Website http://morgantownindiana.org/

Morgantown is a town in Jackson Township, Morgan County, Indiana, United States. The population was 986 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

Morgantown was founded by Robert Bowles and Samuel Teeters, who first laid out 52 lots in the month of March, 1831.[6] The first resident of Morgantown was Samuel Teeters, who located there in 1828 and was afterward joined by John Bowles and many others. By 1836, the village had a population of about fifteen families (or seventy persons) and multiple businesses. Among the first businesses were several liquor stores, the first of which opened in 1831. A general store opened in 1832, and the first store of goods opened in 1834 with about $2,000 worth of goods (approximately $45,000 after inflation). In 1835, Col. John Vawter sent a stock of general merchandise, worth about $3,000 (approximately $66,000 after inflation), in charge of James Chambers, to Morgantown, but did not move there himself until 1849. After moving to Morgantown, Vawter became the founder and first pastor of the Baptist Church. He gave and bore the expense of construction of the brick church, costing about $2,000 (approximately $54,000 after inflation).

In 1987 "Colonel Vawter's Day" was established and is celebrated in the third week of September in Morgantown.

Geography[edit]

Morgantown is located at 39°22′25″N 86°15′38″W / 39.37361°N 86.26056°W / 39.37361; -86.26056 (39.373646, -86.260610).[7]

According to the 2010 census, the town has a total area of 0.38 square miles (0.98 km2), all land.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Public library and shops

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 986 people, 374 households, and 236 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,594.7 inhabitants per square mile (1,001.8 /km2). There were 418 housing units at an average density of 1,100.0 per square mile (424.7 /km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.5% White, 0.1% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 0.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.4% of the population.

There were 374 households of which 36.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.3% were married couples living together, 15.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.9% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.18.

The median age in the town was 37.9 years. 26.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.3% were from 25 to 44; 23.5% were from 45 to 64; and 16.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 47.6% male and 52.4% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 964 people, 366 households, and 259 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,521.6 people per square mile (979.5/km²). There were 394 housing units at an average density of 1,030.6 per square mile (400.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.17% White, 0.31% African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.10% from other races, and 0.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.62% of the population.

There were 366 households out of which 34.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.4% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.2% were non-families. 26.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.4% 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 3.05.

In the town the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 16.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 86.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $33,158, and the median income for a family was $45,385. Males had a median income of $31,066 versus $23,068 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,504. About 2.2% of families and 8.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.6% of those under age 18 and 31.3% of those age 65 or over.

Government[edit]

The town is governed by a Town Council. In May 2008, the citizens voted to increase the size of the governing council from three members to a five member board.

Police protection is the responsibility of the town marshal and several deputy marshals.

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. ^ Blanchard, Charles (1884). Counties of Morgan, Monroe and Brown, Indiana: Historical and Biographical. Chicago, F. A. Battey & co. pp. 115–116. ISBN 31833008278704 Check |isbn= value (help). 
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 

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