Walkerton, Indiana

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Walkerton, Indiana
Town
Downtown Walkerton
Downtown Walkerton
Location of Walkerton in St. Joseph County, Indiana.
Location of Walkerton in St. Joseph County, Indiana.
Coordinates: 41°27′50″N 86°29′4″W / 41.46389°N 86.48444°W / 41.46389; -86.48444Coordinates: 41°27′50″N 86°29′4″W / 41.46389°N 86.48444°W / 41.46389; -86.48444
CountryUnited States
StateIndiana
CountySt. Joseph
TownshipLincoln
Area[1]
 • Total1.96 sq mi (5.08 km2)
 • Land1.96 sq mi (5.08 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation[2]722 ft (220 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total2,144
 • Estimate (2016)[4]2,262
 • Density1,153.49/sq mi (445.43/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code46574
Area code(s)574 Exchange: 586
FIPS code18-79694[5]
GNIS feature ID452831
Websitehttp://www.walkerton.org/

Walkerton is a town in Lincoln Township, St. Joseph County, in the U.S. state of Indiana.[6] The population was 2,144 at the 2010 Census. It is part of the South BendMishawaka, IN-MI, Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Walkerton was platted in 1856.[7] It was named for John Walker, a railroad promoter.[7] The town was laid out by the railroad surveyors and the first lot was taken by C.W.N. Stephens, Walkerton's first postmaster. Stephens relocated his general store from nearby West York.[8] The Walkerton post office has been in operation since 1860.[9]

During World War II Walkerton housed some of the workers for the nearby Kingsbury Ordnance Plant.[10] The plant initially sought 10,000 workers, and the entire population of LaPorte numbered only 16,000 in 1940.[11] In August 1941 Kingsbury’s first shells were loaded and en route to the front lines.[12]

In July 2006, Walkerton celebrated its sesquicentennial (150-year anniversary).

Geography[edit]

According to the 2010 census, Walkerton has a total area of 1.96 square miles (5.08 km2), all land.[13]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880754
189088517.4%
19001,03717.2%
19101,003−3.3%
19201,0312.8%
19301,13710.3%
19401,1783.6%
19502,10278.4%
19602,044−2.8%
19702,006−1.9%
19802,0512.2%
19902,0610.5%
20002,27410.3%
20102,144−5.7%
Est. 20162,262[4]5.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[14]
Downtown Walkerton
John Glenn High School from the air, looking north

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 2,144 people, 763 households, and 546 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,093.9 inhabitants per square mile (422.4/km2). There were 850 housing units at an average density of 433.7 per square mile (167.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 95.0% White, 0.4% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 2.1% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.0% of the population.

There were 763 households of which 38.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.1% were married couples living together, 15.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 28.4% were non-families. 24.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.18.

The median age in the town was 37.2 years. 26.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.7% were from 25 to 44; 25.4% were from 45 to 64; and 14.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 46.9% male and 53.1% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 2,274 people, 810 households, and 562 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,310.6 people per square mile (504.6/km²). There were 860 housing units at an average density of 495.7 per square mile (190.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.24% White, 0.48% African American, 0.44% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 3.65% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.85% of the population.

There were 810 households out of which 37.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.4% were married couples living together, 14.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.5% were non-families. 26.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.23.

In the town, the population was spread out with 29.2% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 18.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $36,481, and the median income for a family was $42,407. Males had a median income of $31,895 versus $24,583 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,122. About 11.3% of families and 14.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.9% of those under age 18 and 14.4% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

The town has a lending library, the Walkerton-Lincoln Township Public Library.[15] The La Porte County Public Library also operates the Fish Lake Branch library within Walkerton town limits.[16] The Starke County Public Library System likewise operates a library with a Walkerton address, the Koontz Lake Branch.[17]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 28, 2017.
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-11.
  4. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ "Walkerton, Indiana". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2016-11-06.
  7. ^ a b Howard, Timothy Edward (1907). A History of St. Joseph County, Indiana. Lewis publishing Company. pp. 316–317.
  8. ^ "History". Town of Walkerton, Indiana. 2012-10-20. Retrieved 2017-12-26.
  9. ^ "Saint Joseph County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Kingsbury Ordnance Plant's history won't fade with time | What's New LaPorte?". whatsnewlaporte.com. Retrieved 2017-12-26.
  11. ^ "The Kingsbury Ordnance Plant". Moment of Indiana History - Indiana Public Media. Retrieved 2017-12-26.
  12. ^ "Kingsbury Ordnance Works: History and Images". SUBSTREET. 2015-11-08. Retrieved 2017-12-26.
  13. ^ "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-07-25.
  14. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  15. ^ "Indiana public library directory" (PDF). Indiana State Library. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  16. ^ "Library Hours & Information". La Porte County Public Library. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  17. ^ "Hours & Locations". Starke County Public Library System. Retrieved 15 March 2018.

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