Rocky Ripple, Indiana

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Rocky Ripple, Indiana
Town
Motto: "You can't get there from here"
Location of Rocky Ripple in the state of Indiana
Location of Rocky Ripple in the state of Indiana
Coordinates: 39°50′50″N 86°10′23″W / 39.84722°N 86.17306°W / 39.84722; -86.17306Coordinates: 39°50′50″N 86°10′23″W / 39.84722°N 86.17306°W / 39.84722; -86.17306
Country United States
State Indiana
County Marion
Township Washington
Area[1]
 • Total 0.30 sq mi (0.78 km2)
 • Land 0.30 sq mi (0.78 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 705 ft (215 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 606
 • Estimate (2013[3]) 621
 • Density 2,020.0/sq mi (779.9/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 18-65556[4]
GNIS feature ID 0442234[5]
Website http://rockyripple.com/

Rocky Ripple is a town in Marion County, Indiana. The population was 606 at the 2010 census. It was founded in 1928; and the town was incorporated as an "included town" as part of Unigov in 1970. It is part of Indianapolis, but retains a separate functioning town government under IC 36-3-1-11.[6] Although not far from the city center, Rocky Ripple is a somewhat isolated area, located between the Central Canal and the White River; only two traffic-supporting bridges over the canal provide access to the town.

Geography[edit]

Rocky Ripple is located at 39°50′50″N 86°10′23″W / 39.84722°N 86.17306°W / 39.84722; -86.17306 (39.847091, -86.173137).[7]

According to the 2010 census, the town has a total area of 0.30 square miles (0.78 km2), all land.[1]


History[edit]

Nestled in a bend on the White River in the heart of Marion County, Rocky Ripple has a history of political and environmental activism. In the recorded minutes of the first public meeting held shortly after the town was incorporated in 1927, Town Clerk/Treasurer, Fred Doeppers, describes the community as follows:

“The beauties of the scenery and the attraction of the river for bathing and fishing, made their appeal to nature lovers, and in a short while the river bank was built up with cottages.

At first these were principally for summer camp purposes, but as the years went by and high water lost its terrors, many of them were converted into permanent homes.”

Doepper explains that area residents were moved to political action when the City of Indianapolis failed to make any “effort to stop the pollution of [the] White River, caused by emptying raw sewage from Broad Ripple into the stream, and when appeals to the State Sanitary Board and the Fish and Game commission [sic] proved ineffectual, the townsfolk were greatly concerned.

“To cap the climax came persistent rumors that Mayor Duvall of Indianapolis was anxious to annex the Area to the City. The prospect of excessive taxation without commensurate benefits was enough to arouse everyone.”

Consequently, a “mass meeting” was called and residents decided to become an incorporated town. They raised the necessary incorporation fee and sought legal advice from local attorney Charles W. Appleman.

On February 1, 1928, Mr. Appleman addressed a letter to Mrs. Otto Mueller in which he writes: “the decree incorporation for the Town of Rocky Ripple has been entered. You are now a city incorporate.”[8]

Demographics[edit]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 606 people, 291 households, and 158 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,020.0 inhabitants per square mile (779.9/km2). There were 315 housing units at an average density of 1,050.0 per square mile (405.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 89.1% White, 6.1% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 1.0% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.5% of the population.

There were 291 households of which 23.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.1% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 45.7% were non-families. 36.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.08 and the average family size was 2.75.

The median age in the town was 40.3 years. 18.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 30.2% were from 25 to 44; 31.2% were from 45 to 64; and 13.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 49.3% male and 50.7% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 712 people, 322 households, and 183 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,338.5 people per square mile (916.3/km²). There were 329 housing units at an average density of 1,080.6 per square mile (423.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 87.64% White, 9.27% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.28% from other races, and 2.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.69% of the population.

There were 322 households out of which 24.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.4% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.9% were non-families. 33.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the town the population was spread out with 20.9% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 33.0% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, and 15.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $144,464, and the median income for a family was $150,500. Males had a median income of $62,500 versus $60,000 for females. The per capita income for the town was $52,691. About 1.1% of families and 2.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 3.3% of those age 65 or over.

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 2014-10-26. 
  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. ^ Indiana Code 36-3-1
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  8. ^ http://rockyripple.com/aboutrockyripple/

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