Tipton, Indiana

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Tipton, Indiana
City
Tipton County courthouse in Tipton
Tipton County courthouse in Tipton
Location in the state of Indiana
Location in the state of Indiana
Coordinates: 40°17′6″N 86°2′25″W / 40.28500°N 86.04028°W / 40.28500; -86.04028Coordinates: 40°17′6″N 86°2′25″W / 40.28500°N 86.04028°W / 40.28500; -86.04028
Country United States
State Indiana
County Tipton
Government
 • Mayor Don Havens (R)
Area[1]
 • Total 2.50 sq mi (6.47 km2)
 • Land 2.50 sq mi (6.47 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation 869 ft (265 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 5,106
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 5,008
 • Density 2,042.4/sq mi (788.6/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 46072
Area code(s) 765
FIPS code 18-75986[4]
GNIS feature ID 0444784[5]

Tipton is a city in and the county seat of Tipton County, Indiana, United States.[6] The population was 5,106 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Kokomo, Indiana, Metropolitan Statistical Area. It was named after John Tipton, a politician.

Geography[edit]

Tipton is located at 40°17′6″N 86°2′25″W / 40.28500°N 86.04028°W / 40.28500; -86.04028 (40.284944, -86.040342)[7]. This is 36 miles (58 Kms.) almost due North of the state Capital, Indianapolis.

According to the 2010 census, the city has a total area of 2.50 square miles (6.5 km2), all land.[8]

History[edit]

The town of Tipton, formed in 1844 is named after Major John Tipton, a veteran of the Battle of Tippecanoe and the War of 1812, and a leader of the Indiana Rangers.[9] Tipton served as United States Senator for Indiana from 1831 until shortly before his death in 1839.[10]

Demographics[edit]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 5,106 people, 2,218 households, and 1,356 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,042.4 inhabitants per square mile (788.6 /km2). There were 2,471 housing units at an average density of 988.4 per square mile (381.6 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.1% White, 0.1% Black, 0.2% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.7% of the population.

There were 2,218 households of which 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.3% were married couples living together, 14.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.9% were non-families. 34.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.91.

The median age in the city was 39.9 years. 24.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.3% were from 25 to 44; 25.9% were from 45 to 64; and 17.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.9% male and 53.1% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 5,251 people, 2,239 households, and 1,415 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,834.9 people per square mile (1,095.9/km²). There were 2,401 housing units at an average density of 1,296.2 per square mile (501.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.00% White, 0.15% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.55% Asian, 0.27% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.54% of the population.

Tipton County courthouse.

There were 2,239 households out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.9% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.8% were non-families. 32.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.91. In the city the population was spread out with 23.7% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 17.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 88.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,075, and the median income for a family was $47,083. Males had a median income of $35,805 versus $22,112 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,489. About 3.8% of families and 7.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.2% of those under age 18 and 9.6% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Tipton Community School Corporation serves the city of Tipton, and the southern half of Tipton County, with an elementary school, middle school, and high school co-located on one campus on the south-side of town. Tipton Schools counts 1,851 students in K-12, with 97% being Caucasian, and the remaining 3% either African-American, Hispanic, Native American, Indian, or multiracial.[11]

St. John the Baptist School served grades K-5, and was a Roman Catholic school. This institution closed in 2014 due to low enrollment. [12]

Transportation[edit]

Highways

RailRoads

Festivals[edit]

The city of Tipton hosts a festival every year celebrating pork. Pork is one of the most popular businesses in Tipton. The Tipton County Pork Festival, the name of this agricultural celebration, is held the weekend after Labor Day. Starting on Thursday, the community gathers for a casual introductory parade. During the weekend the streets are full of people. Thursday night hosts the annual queen contest in which one lucky lady is crowned Miss Pork Cuisine and reigns over the festival. People then come out early on Friday morning to eat breakfast from vendors. On Saturday everyone from the community comes out to watch the final parade starts the ending of the festival. The long parade includes groups from around the community. Groups represented include local churches, 4-H, the Tipton High School band, Tri-Central High School Band, other bands from surrounding areas, service organizations, political positions, and school spirit groups like cheerleaders, sports players, and student body positions. Along with the parades, the Pork Festival has entertainment, shopping, and food. Pork chops on a stick, elephant ears, corn on the cob, and pork tenderloin sandwiches are some of the foods at the Pork Festival. Bob and Tom of the popular morning radio program have hosted numerous times. Several popular singers and music groups perform late into the night at the festival. As well as food, there are other vendors sell crafts and gifts. Visitors to the Pork Festival were allowed to blog about their experiences on the Tipton Pork Festival Blog until the official pork festival committee caught wind and asked the site to be taken down immediately.[14][15]

Architecture[edit]

The Tipton County jail:

Tipton County jail.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-11. 
  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. 
  9. ^ M.W. Pershing (c. 1905). The Life of General John Tipton And Early Indiana History. Indiana: Tipton Literary And Suffrage Club of Tipton, Indiana. p. 45. 
  10. ^ De Witt Clinton Goodrich & Charles Richard Tuttle (1875). An Illustrated History of the State of Indiana. Indiana: R. S. Peale & co. p. 574. 
  11. ^ Tipton Community School Corp
  12. ^ St John the Baptist School - Tipton, Indiana
  13. ^ http://www.inaams.com/downloads/Indiana%20railroads%202005.pdf
  14. ^ Official Tipton County Pork Festival 2007 - Got Pork?
  15. ^ Tipton Pork Festival Blog

Further reading[edit]

  • Forstall, Richard L. (editor) (1996). Population of states and counties of the United States: 1790 to 1990 : from the twenty-one decennial censuses. United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Population Division. ISBN 0-934213-48-8. 
  • Pershing, M.W. (c. 1905). The Life of General John Tipton And Early Indiana History. Tipton Literary And Suffrage Club of Tipton, Indiana. call number: 31833024982594. 

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