|Town of Brownsburg|
|Motto: Community On The Move|
Location in the state of Indiana
|• Total||11.16 sq mi (28.90 km2)|
|• Land||11.08 sq mi (28.70 km2)|
|• Water||0.08 sq mi (0.21 km2)|
|Elevation||879 ft (268 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||22,603|
|• Density||1,921.0/sq mi (741.7/km2)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0431646|
In 2009, CNN Money Magazine ranked Brownsburg as the #1 place to live in Indiana, and #33 in the nation. The magazine cited Brownsburg's low crime, strong economy and excellent schools as factors for placing Brownsburg at the top.
Brownsburg is located at (39.842032, -86.395641).
According to the 2010 census, Brownsburg has a total area of 11.16 square miles (28.90 km2), of which 11.08 square miles (28.70 km2) (or 99.28%) is land and 0.08 square miles (0.21 km2) (or 0.72%) is water. Interstate 74, running from Davenport, Iowa to Cincinnati, Ohio, crosses the northern part of Brownsburg before entering Indianapolis. Interstate 65 passes approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) northeast of the community and Interstate 70 about 10 miles (16 km) south. State Road 267 (Green Street) runs north and south through the middle of Brownsburg and serves as one of the town's main thoroughfares. US 136 (or Main Street) runs east and west along the southern half of the town.
|Source: US Census Bureau|
As of the census of 2010, there were 21,285 people, 7,948 households, and 5,816 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,921.0 inhabitants per square mile (741.7/km2). There were 8,376 housing units at an average density of 756.0 per square mile (291.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 93.4% White, 2.2% African American, 0.1% Native American, 1.6% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.2% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.0% of the population.
There were 7,948 households of which 40.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.7% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 26.8% were non-families. 22.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.11.
The median age in the town was 36 years. 28.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.8% were from 25 to 44; 24.1% were from 45 to 64; and 12% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 48.0% male and 52.0% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 14,520 people, and 5,366 households residing in the town. The population density was 1,983.5 people per square mile (765.9/km²). There were 5,574 housing units at an average density of 761.4 per square mile (294.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.44% White, 0.32% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.78% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.35% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.18% of the population. There were 5,366 households out of which 41.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.0% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.6% were non-families. 20.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.10.
In the town, the population was spread out with 29.2% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 34.5% from 25 to 44, 17.9% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 92.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.0 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $63,629, and the median income for a family was $74,245. Males had a median income of $56,240 versus $38,685 for females. The per capita income for the town was $33,196. About 1.5% of families and 2.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.3% of those under age 18 and 4.4% of those age 65 or over.
Brownsburg's first settler was James B. Brown, a Kentucky native, who settled in Brown Township in 1824. At the time the area was dense and unbroken wilderness with only hunters and trappers in the area. Delaware Indians lived in what is now called Lincoln Township, along White Lick Creek, which was then called “Wa-pe-ke-way” or “White Salt”.
In 1828, the first log school house was built in Brown Township. One room brick schools were built every four miles, and everyone in the family except the mothers went to school when it was not crop season. The age range in the classroom was from six years to forty-three years. Brown Township was divided in 1863, becoming Brown Township to the North, named after its first resident. Lincoln Township was created to the South, being named after President Abraham Lincoln as a sign of support during the American Civil War. A stagecoach line was established along a road built in 1820 connecting all of the small outlying communities with Indianapolis.
Brownsburg was originally called Harrisburg, and under the latter name was laid out in 1835 by William Harris. The first post office in town was established as Brownsburgh in 1836. The first church building to be erected in Brownsburg was a log structure built in 1840. From the 1840s to the 1870s, the town almost tripled in size, from its original six acres to more than sixteen acres. 1848 brought the area’s first election with a total of ten male votes cast.
In 1917, Superintendent of Schools Sylvester Moore and his wife were instrumental in forming Brownsburg’s first public library, funded by local gifts as well as a $12,500 gift from Carnegie Corporation. This building served as the Brownsburg Police Department headquarters for several years and is currently empty. The first two-story schoolhouse was built in 1917 on College Avenue. Later a gym was added to the site and was one of gymnasiums used for the filming of the movie Hoosiers. The late 1950s saw the first high school erection. It was during this time the first shopping area was established on the East edge of the Town.
Brownsburg, along with Brown and Lincoln townships are served by the Brownsburg Fire Territory (BFT). BFT is responsible for 52 square miles. Currently Brownsburg Fire Territory employs 87 firefighters, civilian medics, and administrative staff to serve the community. The incorporated Town of Brownsburg is served by the Brownsburg Police Department (BPD). Within the BPD there are 7 divisions:
- Interstate Crime Enforcement team (I.C.E.); patrols I-74 as well as I-65 outside of Brownsburg limits
- K9 Unit; consists of four canines and their officers
- Uniform Patrol and Reserves; makes up 80% of BPD
- Motorcycle Unit consisting of two Harley-Davidson police motorcycles
- Bicycle Unit; consist of five officers operating eight months of the year
- Training Unit
- Emergency Response Team; commonly called a SWAT team; not a full-time department and is used only in crises.
The townships of Brown and Lincoln are served by the Hendricks County Sheriff's office, though BPD often responds first.
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Brownsburg Community School Corporation maintains all public schools in Brownsburg. All public schools are fully accredited. Also in the past year (2013-2014) All Brownsburg Schools earned an A for ISTEP Testing
- Brownsburg High School
- The ISTEP scores have averaged 13.6% above the statewide average for the past 7 years. Graduation rate as of 2006 was 85.3% with 406 students graduating. As of the 2006-2007 school year, 88% of the 2008 students are White,7% are Hispanic, 2% are Black, 2% are Asian, and 2% are Multiracial.
- Harris Academy
- Brownsburg West Middle School
- The ISTEP scores have averaged 12.6% above the statewide average for the past 7 years. As of the 2006-2007 school year, 88% of the 720 students are White, 6% are Hispanic, 3% are Black, 2% are Asian, and 1% are Multiracial.
- Brownsburg East Middle School
- The ISTEP scores have averaged 13.2% above the statewide average for the past 2 years. It became a new school in 2005. As of the 2006-2007 school year, 86% of the 952 students are White, 6% are Hispanic, 4% are Black, 2% are Asian, and 2% are Multiracial.
- Brown Elementary School
- The ISTEP scores have averaged 16.0% above the statewide average for the past 7 years. As of the 2006-2007 school year, 92% of the 701 students are White, 2% are Black, 3% are Hispanic, 1% are Asian, and 2% are Multiracial. 4-Star School.
- White Lick Elementary School
- The ISTEP scores have averaged 10.5% above the statewide average for the past 7 years. As of the 2006-2007 school year, 78% of the 557 students are White, 11% are Black, 3% are Hispanic, 3% are Asian, and 4% are Multiracial.
- Delaware Trail Elementary School
- The ISTEP scores have averaged 12.6% above the statewide average for the past 6 years. It became a new school in 2005. As of the 2006-2007 school year, 83% of the 633 students are White, 10% are Black, 2% are Hispanic, 2% are Asian, and 3% are Multiracial. 4-Star School.
- Cardinal Elementary School
- The ISTEP scores have averaged 12.6% above the statewide average for the past 6 years. It became a new school in 2005. As of the 2006-2007 school year, 90% of the 588 students are White, 1% are Black, 4% are Hispanic, 2% are Asian, 1% Native American, and 2% are Multiracial. 4-Star School.
- Eagle Elementary School
- The ISTEP scores have averaged 18.9% above the statewide average for the past 7 years. As of the 2006-2007 school year, 89% of the 728 students are White, 5% are Black, 2% are Hispanic, 1% are Asian, and 4% are Multiracial. 4-Star School.
- Reagan Elementary School
- Opened for 2008 School year. It was completed in July, 2008. Reagan Elementary School is expected to hold a capacity of 684 students.
- Bethesda Christian School
- The ISTEP scores have averaged 27.0% above the statewide average for the past 4 years. Graduation rate as of 2006 was 95.7% with 22 students graduating. As of the 2006-2007 school year, 96% of the 408 students are White, .2% are Asian, and 1% are Multiracial. Bethesda Christian School is PK-12 grades and is an Accredited-Freeway School.
- St. Malachy
- Created in 1955.
- Aldo Andretti - Former racecar driver
- John Andretti - Racecar driver and former resident
- Pat Angerer - Indianapolis Colts linebacker, resides in Brownsburg
- Tucker Barnhart - Cincinnati Reds MLB Catcher, 2009 Mr. Baseball for the state of Indiana
- Kent Bottenfield - Former Major League Pitcher 1999 All Star
- Pancho Carter - Racecar driver and resident
- Bobby East - Racecar driver and resident
- Chris Estridge - Professional Soccer Player
- Arthur W Graham III: Creator of first fully automatic electronic race timing and scoring system; long-time Indy 500 Executive Race Official
- Gordon Hayward - Former Butler Bulldogs basketball player who is currently with the Utah Jazz; 9th overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft
- Allen Hughes - Brownsburg native and former New York Times music and dance critic 
- Lance Lynn - St. Louis Cardinals MLB Pitcher, 2012 MLB All-Star Selection & 2005 Indiana Mr. Baseball 
- Pat McAfee - Indianapolis Colts punter, resides in Brownsburg
- Bill Sampen - Former Major League Baseball pitcher for three teams
- Robbie Stanley - Racecar driver
- Joe Staysniak - Former Indianapolis Colts offensive linemen and current co-host of "The Grady and Big Joe Show"
- Drew Storen - Washington Nationals MLB Pitcher
- Mike Vanderjagt - Former NFL kicker and former resident 
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