Rensselaer, Indiana

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City of Rensselaer, Indiana
City
Jasper County Courthouse
Jasper County Courthouse
Location in the state of Indiana
Location in the state of Indiana
Coordinates: 40°56′17″N 87°9′5″W / 40.93806°N 87.15139°W / 40.93806; -87.15139Coordinates: 40°56′17″N 87°9′5″W / 40.93806°N 87.15139°W / 40.93806; -87.15139
Country United States
State Indiana
County Jasper
Township Marion
Platted June 12, 1839
Incorporated December 8, 1858
Named for James Van Rensselaer
Government
 • Mayor Stephen A Wood (D)
Area[1]
 • Total 3.86 sq mi (10.00 km2)
 • Land 3.80 sq mi (9.84 km2)
 • Water 0.06 sq mi (0.16 km2)
Elevation 659 ft (201 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 5,859
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 5,912
 • Density 1,541.8/sq mi (595.3/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 47978
Area code(s) 219
FIPS code 18-63792[4]
GNIS feature ID 0441902[5]
Website http://cityofrensselaerin.com

Rensselaer is a city located along the Iroquois River in Marion Township, Jasper County, Indiana, United States. The population was 5,885 at the 2013 census. The city is the county seat of Jasper County.[6] Rensselaer is home to Saint Joseph's College of Indiana.

Geography[edit]

Rensselaer is located at 40°56′17″N 87°9′5″W / 40.93806°N 87.15139°W / 40.93806; -87.15139 (40.938051, -87.151341).[7] U.S. Route 231 and Indiana State Road 114 intersect in the downtown area. The Iroquois River flows through the south part of the city.

According to the 2010 census, the city has a total area of 3.86 square miles (10.0 km2), of which 3.80 square miles (9.8 km2) (or 98.45%) is land and 0.06 square miles (0.16 km2) (or 1.55%) is water.[8]

History[edit]

St. Joseph's College (church)

This settlement, first platted on June 12, 1839, was originally named Newton and was established at the rapids of the Iroquois River. By 1844, it had been renamed to Rensselaer after James Van Rensselaer, a merchant from Utica, New York, who came to the area after his business failed in the Panic of 1837. He took over the land from Joseph D. Yeoman, who had established a farm some years earlier and had begun to plan the village.[9]

St. Joseph's Indian Normal School was established in 1888 by St. Katherine Drexel, an heiress from Philadelphia, who donated $50,000 for the education of Catholic American Indian boys. The school trained 60 Indian Boys annually until 1896. The school was operated by the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions.

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 2,255
1910 2,393 6.1%
1920 2,912 21.7%
1930 2,798 −3.9%
1940 3,214 14.9%
1950 4,072 26.7%
1960 4,740 16.4%
1970 4,688 −1.1%
1980 4,944 5.5%
1990 5,045 2.0%
2000 5,294 4.9%
2010 5,859 10.7%

Demographics[edit]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 5,859 people, 2,336 households, and 1,517 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,541.8 inhabitants per square mile (595.3/km2). There were 2,556 housing units at an average density of 672.6 per square mile (259.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.4% White, 0.7% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.8% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.4% of the population.

There were 2,336 households of which 33.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.9% were married couples living together, 14.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.1% were non-families. 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.96.

The median age in the city was 36.6 years. 25.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.6% were from 25 to 44; 23.7% were from 45 to 64; and 16.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.0% male and 52.0% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 5,294 people, 2,158 households, and 1,404 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,824.8 people per square mile (704.8/km²). There were 2,296 housing units at an average density of 791.4 per square mile (305.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.94% White, 0.32% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.66% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.53% of the population.

There were 2,158 households out of which 31.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.1% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.9% were non-families. 31.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 20.0% from 45 to 64, and 18.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 89.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,821, and the median income for a family was $43,313. Males had a median income of $33,971 versus $24,016 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,872. About 6.6% of families and 10.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.8% of those under age 18 and 8.0% of those age 65 or over.

Climate[edit]

Humid continental climate is a climatic region typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. Precipitation is relatively well distributed year-round in many areas with this climate, while others may see a marked reduction in wintry precipitation and even a wintertime drought. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Dfa". (Hot Summer Continental Climate).[10]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-11. [dead link]
  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. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  8. ^ "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer Files for Places – Indiana". United States Census. Retrieved 2012-04-21. [dead link]
  9. ^ Battle, J. H. (1883). "History of Jasper County". Counties of Warren, Benton, Jasper, and Newton, Indiana. Chicago, Illinois: F. A. Battey and Company. pp. 508–514. 
  10. ^ Climate Summay for Rensselaer, Indiana
  11. ^ Dan Brandenburg, LB at NFL.com

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