Geneva, Indiana

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Geneva, Indiana
Town
Geneva, Indiana.jpg
Location of Geneva in Adams County, Indiana.
Location of Geneva in Adams County, Indiana.
Coordinates: 40°35′33″N 84°57′36″W / 40.59250°N 84.96000°W / 40.59250; -84.96000Coordinates: 40°35′33″N 84°57′36″W / 40.59250°N 84.96000°W / 40.59250; -84.96000
Country United States
State Indiana
County Adams
Township Wabash
Area[1]
 • Total 1.23 sq mi (3.18 km2)
 • Land 1.09 sq mi (2.81 km2)
 • Water 0.14 sq mi (0.36 km2)
Elevation 850 ft (259 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 1,293
 • Estimate (2016)[3] 1,331
 • Density 1,225.60/sq mi (473.00/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EST (UTC-5)
ZIP code 46740
Area code(s) 260
FIPS code 18-27216[4]
GNIS feature ID 0435014[5]

Geneva is a town in Wabash Township, Adams County, Indiana, United States. The population was 1,293 at the 2010 census. Geneva is the location of the Limberlost Cabin, the home of writer and naturalist Gene Stratton Porter.

History[edit]

Geneva had its start in 1871 when the rival towns of Alexander and Buffalo merged.[6] It was named after Geneva, in Switzerland.[7] The first post office in Geneva was established in 1872.[8]

Businesses in Geneva's downtown historic district

Geography[edit]

Geneva is located at 40°35′33″N 84°57′36″W / 40.59250°N 84.96000°W / 40.59250; -84.96000 (40.592401, -84.960054).[9]

According to the 2010 census, Geneva has a total area of 1.23 square miles (3.19 km2), of which 1.09 square miles (2.82 km2) (or 88.62%) is land and 0.14 square miles (0.36 km2) (or 11.38%) is water.[10]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 467
1890 748 60.2%
1900 1,076 43.9%
1910 1,140 5.9%
1920 879 −22.9%
1930 895 1.8%
1940 966 7.9%
1950 999 3.4%
1960 1,053 5.4%
1970 1,100 4.5%
1980 1,430 30.0%
1990 1,280 −10.5%
2000 1,368 6.9%
2010 1,293 −5.5%
Est. 2016 1,331 [3] 2.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 1,293 people, 570 households, and 349 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,186.2 inhabitants per square mile (458.0/km2). There were 627 housing units at an average density of 575.2 per square mile (222.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 94.6% White, 0.6% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 3.2% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.4% of the population.

There were 570 households of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.3% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.8% were non-families. 34.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.91.

The median age in the town was 41.1 years. 23.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.3% were from 25 to 44; 28.3% were from 45 to 64; and 18% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 48.4% male and 51.6% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,368 people, 584 households, and 369 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,192.1 people per square mile (459.3/km²). There were 621 housing units at an average density of 541.1 per square mile (208.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.25% White, 0.37% African American, 0.22% Asian, 0.29% from other races, and 0.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.10% of the population.

There were 584 households out of which 29.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.2% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.8% were non-families. 30.8% 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 2.34 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the town, the population was spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 94.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $33,942, and the median income for a family was $41,645. Males had a median income of $31,895 versus $21,552 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,435. About 9.5% of families and 11.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.0% of those under age 18 and 12.2% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]

  • Gene Stratton Porter (August 17, 1863 – December 6, 1924), best-selling author, nature photographer, naturalist, and silent movie-era producer, lived in Geneva from 1888 until 1913.[12]
  • Charles Dorwin Porter ( – 1926), Stratton-Porter’s husband and a successful druggist and local businessman, was among the group of investors who organized the Bank of Geneva in 1895.[12][13]

Nobable structures[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 28, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-11. 
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ Exploring Indiana Highways: Trip Trivia. Exploring America's Highway. 2007. p. 48. ISBN 978-0-9744358-3-1. 
  7. ^ "Profile for Geneva, IN". ePodunk. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Adams County". Jim Forte Postal History. Archived from the original on 27 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  10. ^ "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b c Gugin, Linda C., and James E. St. Clair, eds. (2015). Indiana's 200: The People Who Shaped the Hoosier State. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society Press. pp. 333–35. ISBN 978-0-87195-387-2.  See also: Barbara Olenyik Morrow (2010). Nature’s Storyteller: The Life of Gene Stratton-Porter. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society. pp. 44–45; 159–60. ISBN 978-0-87195-284-4. 
  13. ^ Long, Judith Reick (1990). Gene Stratton-Porter: Novelist and Naturalist. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society. pp. 103–4, 109. ISBN 0871950529. 
  14. ^ "Indiana State Historic Architectural and Archaeological Research Database (SHAARD)" (Searchable database). Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. Retrieved July 21, 2017.  This includes Thomas Gross. "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Gene Stratton Porter Cabin" (pdf). Retrieved July 21, 2017.  and accompanying photographs