Wabash, Indiana

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City of Wabash
City
Wabash from the air, looking west.
Wabash from the air, looking west.
Location in the state of Indiana
Location in the state of Indiana
Coordinates: 40°48′3″N 85°49′38″W / 40.80083°N 85.82722°W / 40.80083; -85.82722Coordinates: 40°48′3″N 85°49′38″W / 40.80083°N 85.82722°W / 40.80083; -85.82722
Country United States
State Indiana
County Wabash
Township Noble
Government
 • Mayor Robert Vanlandingham (R), 2004-Present
Area[1]
 • Total 9.13 sq mi (23.65 km2)
 • Land 8.89 sq mi (23.02 km2)
 • Water 0.24 sq mi (0.62 km2)  2.63%
Elevation 712 ft (217 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 10,666
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 10,484
 • Density 1,199.8/sq mi (463.2/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
ZIP code 46992
Area code(s) 260
FIPS code 18-79370[4]
GNIS feature ID 0445327[5]
Website www.cityofwabash.com

Wabash is a city in Noble Township, Wabash County, Indiana, United States. The population was 10,666 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Wabash County[6].

Wabash is notable as being the first electrically lighted city in the world, which was inaugurated on March 31, 1880.[7] It is also home to the historic Eagles Theatre, Paradise Spring Treaty Grounds (1826), the Wabash and Erie Canal, Presbyterian Church (Wabash, Indiana) (1880), and Disciples of Christ Christian Church (Wabash, Indiana) (1865). Wabash is the native home of numerous notable people.


Geography[edit]

Wabash is located at 40°48′3″N 85°49′38″W / 40.80083°N 85.82722°W / 40.80083; -85.82722 (40.800799, -85.827163)[8].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.13 square miles (23.65 km2), of which, 8.89 square miles (23.02 km2) is land and 0.24 square miles (0.62 km2) is water.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Wabash County Courthouse

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 10,666 people, 4,465 households, and 2,805 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,199.8 inhabitants per square mile (463.2 /km2). There were 5,068 housing units at an average density of 570.1 per square mile (220.1 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.3% White, 0.4% African American, 1.0% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.0% of the population.

There were 4,465 households of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.7% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.2% were non-families. 32.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.88.

The median age in the city was 41.3 years. 22.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.7% were from 25 to 44; 26.4% were from 45 to 64; and 18.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.2% male and 52.8% female.

2000 census[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 966
1860 1,520 57.3%
1870 2,881 89.5%
1880 3,800 31.9%
1890 5,105 34.3%
1900 8,618 68.8%
1910 8,687 0.8%
1920 9,872 13.6%
1930 8,840 −10.5%
1940 9,653 9.2%
1950 10,621 10.0%
1960 12,621 18.8%
1970 13,379 6.0%
1980 12,985 −2.9%
1990 12,127 −6.6%
2000 11,743 −3.2%
2010 10,666 −9.2%
Source: US Census Bureau

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 11,743 people, 4,799 households, and 3,100 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,319.0 people per square mile (509.4/km²). There were 5,136 housing units at an average density of 576.9 per square mile (222.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.85% White, 0.37% African American, 1.06% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.41% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.46% of the population.

There were 4,799 households out of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.6% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.4% were non-families. 30.9% 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 2.36 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.3% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $12,000, and the median income for a family was $14000. Males had a median income of $18000 versus $12,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,210. About 7.9% of families and 9.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.5% of those under age 18 and 8.8% of those age 65 or over.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "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. ^ Silverberg, Robert (1967). Light for the World: Edison and the Power Industry. Princeton, N.J.: D. Van Nostrand. 
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 

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