Cambridge City, Indiana

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Cambridge City, Indiana
Town
Vinton House, a historic inn on the Whitewater Canal
Vinton House, a historic inn on the Whitewater Canal
Location in the state of Indiana
Location in the state of Indiana
Coordinates: 39°48′47″N 85°10′15″W / 39.81306°N 85.17083°W / 39.81306; -85.17083Coordinates: 39°48′47″N 85°10′15″W / 39.81306°N 85.17083°W / 39.81306; -85.17083
Country United States
State Indiana
County Wayne
Township Jackson
Area[1]
 • Total 1.02 sq mi (2.64 km2)
 • Land 1.01 sq mi (2.62 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation[2] 935 ft (285 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 1,870
 • Estimate (2012[4]) 1,841
 • Density 1,851.5/sq mi (714.9/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EST (UTC-5)
ZIP code 47327
Area code(s) 765
FIPS code 18-09874[5]
GNIS feature ID 431999

Cambridge City is a town in Jackson Township, Wayne County, Indiana, United States.[6] The population was 1,870 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

Cambridge City was laid out and platted in 1836.[7][8] The community was named after the city of Cambridge, in England.[9]

The Cambridge City post office has been in operation since 1835.[10]

Cambridge City experienced growth when the Whitewater Canal was extended to that point in 1846.[11]

Situated along the historic National Road (U.S. Route 40), Cambridge City is currently a prominent destination for antique seekers.[citation needed]

The Cambridge City Historic District, Conklin-Montgomery House, and Lackey-Overbeck House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[12]

Geography[edit]

Cambridge City is located at 39°48′47″N 85°10′15″W / 39.81306°N 85.17083°W / 39.81306; -85.17083 (39.812996, -85.170812).[13]

According to the 2010 census, Cambridge City has a total area of 1.02 square miles (2.64 km2), of which 1.01 square miles (2.62 km2) (or 99.02%) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) (or 0.98%) is water.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 1,217
1860 1,622 33.3%
1870 2,162 33.3%
1880 2,370 9.6%
1890 1,782 −24.8%
1900 1,754 −1.6%
1910 2,237 27.5%
1920 1,963 −12.2%
1930 2,113 7.6%
1940 2,207 4.4%
1950 2,559 15.9%
1960 2,569 0.4%
1970 2,481 −3.4%
1980 2,407 −3.0%
1990 2,091 −13.1%
2000 2,121 1.4%
2010 1,870 −11.8%
Est. 2015 1,784 [14] −4.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[15]
The Conklin-Montgomery House

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 1,870 people, 785 households, and 514 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,851.5 inhabitants per square mile (714.9/km2). There were 893 housing units at an average density of 884.2 per square mile (341.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.5% White, 0.2% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 0.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.

There were 785 households of which 33.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.1% were married couples living together, 14.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.5% were non-families. 29.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.90.

The median age in the town was 39.8 years. 24.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.8% were from 25 to 44; 26% were from 45 to 64; and 17% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 48.8% male and 51.2% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 2,121 people, 904 households, and 602 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,030.6 people per square mile (787.4/km²). There were 956 housing units at an average density of 915.3 per square mile (354.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.34% White, 0.33% African American, 0.09% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.14% from other races, and 0.05% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.04% of the population.

There were 904 households out of which 29.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.2% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.3% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the town, the population was spread out with 23.8% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 19.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 88.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $33,750, and the median income for a family was $41,731. Males had a median income of $35,602 versus $23,100 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,691. About 6.9% of families and 8.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.4% of those under age 18 and 7.0% of those age 65 or over.

Culture[edit]

The town celebrates its history and heritage during the second weekend in each September during the annual Canal Days festival, which commemorates the importance of the Whitewater Canal to the formation and growth of Cambridge City in the 19th century.

Education[edit]

Cambridge City has three schools: an elementary, middle, and high school that also serves the surrounding areas.[16]

  • Western Wayne Elementary School
  • Lincoln Middle/High School

Economy[edit]

Just south of I-70, Cambridge City is home to the Indiana Gateway Industrial Park which is home to Taconic Biosciences, Dot Foods and Sugar Creek Packaging Co. (replacing Really Cool Foods which closed in December 2011).

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-07-13. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved 2016-07-07. 
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-11. 
  4. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-06-17. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Cambridge City, Indiana". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2016-07-07. 
  7. ^ History of Wayne County, Indiana: Together with Sketches of Its Cities, Villages and Towns, Volume 2. Inter-State Publishing Company. 1884. p. 521. 
  8. ^ "Historical Timeline". WayNet. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  9. ^ Dept. of English and Journalism (1970–72). Indiana names, v.1-3. Indiana State University. p. 15. 
  10. ^ "Wayne County". Jim Forte Postal History. Archived from the original on September 14, 2005. Retrieved July 7, 2016. 
  11. ^ Young, Andrew White (1872). History of Wayne County, Indiana, from Its First Settlement to the Present Time. R. Clarke & Company. p. 249. 
  12. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  13. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  14. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 11, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Schools". Western Wayne Schools. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 

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