Speedway, Indiana

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Town of Speedway, Indiana
Town
Official seal of Town of Speedway, Indiana
Seal
Nickname(s): Home of the 500, The Racing Capital of the World
Location in the state of Indiana
Location in the state of Indiana
Coordinates: 39°47′31″N 86°15′0″W / 39.79194°N 86.25000°W / 39.79194; -86.25000Coordinates: 39°47′31″N 86°15′0″W / 39.79194°N 86.25000°W / 39.79194; -86.25000
Country United States
State Indiana
County Marion
Township Wayne
Founded 1926
Area[1]
 • Town 4.77 sq mi (12.35 km2)
 • Land 4.76 sq mi (12.33 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation 744 ft (227 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Town 11,812
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 11,930
 • Density 2,481.5/sq mi (958.1/km2)
 • Metro 1,756,241
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 46224
Area code(s) 317
FIPS code 18-71828[4]
GNIS feature ID 0443930[5]
Website http://www.townofspeedway.org/
Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 1,420
1940 2,325 63.7%
1950 5,498 136.5%
1960 9,624 75.0%
1970 14,523 50.9%
1980 12,641 −13.0%
1990 13,092 3.6%
2000 12,881 −1.6%
2010 11,812 −8.3%

Speedway is a town in Wayne Township, Marion County, Indiana, United States. The population was 11,812 at the 2010 census.[6] Speedway is the home of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (which the town was named for); it is an enclave of Indianapolis.

City for the horseless carriage[edit]

The town of Speedway was developed as a "city of the future." Meant to be a testing ground much like the famed race track which is its namesake, Speedway was designed to be a city that was hospitable to the car. In a time when Indianapolis streets were often the narrow orange brick thoroughfares laid by Alexander Ralston in the 1920s and 1930s, the town had homes with garages for cars.

Geography[edit]

Speedway is located at 39°47′31″N 86°15′0″W / 39.79194°N 86.25000°W / 39.79194; -86.25000 (39.791943, -86.249988)[7].

According to the 2010 census, the town has a total area of 4.77 square miles (12.4 km2), of which 4.76 square miles (12.3 km2) (or 99.79%) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.026 km2) (or 0.21%) is water.[8]

Climate[edit]

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Speedway has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[9]

Demographics[edit]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 11,812 people, 5,550 households, and 2,931 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,481.5 inhabitants per square mile (958.1 /km2). There were 6,709 housing units at an average density of 1,409.5 per square mile (544.2 /km2). The racial makeup of the town was 74.2% White, 16.7% African American, 0.3% Native American, 2.0% Asian, 4.4% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.6% of the population.

There were 5,550 households of which 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.4% were married couples living together, 15.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 47.2% were non-families. 39.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.13 and the average family size was 2.84.

The median age in the town was 37.8 years. 21.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.7% were from 25 to 44; 25.8% were from 45 to 64; and 14.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 48.3% male and 51.7% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 12,882 people, 6,151 households, and 3,278 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,708.9 people per square mile (1,047.0/km²). There were 6,636 housing units at an average density of 1,395.6 per square mile (539.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 83.16% White, 11.89% African American, 0.28% Native American, 1.61% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.20% from other races, and 1.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.63% of the population.

There were 6,151 households out of which 24.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.6% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.7% were non-families. 39.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.5% 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 2.78.

In the town the population was spread out with 20.9% under the age of 18, 10.1% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 17.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 89.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $37,713, and the median income for a family was $49,005. Males had a median income of $36,756 versus $26,954 for females. The per capita income for the town was $21,468. About 5.6% of families and 8.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.7% of those under age 18 and 9.5% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

  • The School Town of Speedway has six campuses and an enrollment of approximately 1,650 students.
  • St Christopher School

Notable people[edit]

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