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Ambia, Indiana
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Location of Ambia in Benton County, Indiana.
Location of Ambia in Benton County, Indiana.
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Coordinates: 40°29′24″N 87°30′58″W / 40.49000°N 87.51611°W / 40.49000; -87.51611Coordinates: 40°29′24″N 87°30′58″W / 40.49000°N 87.51611°W / 40.49000; -87.51611
Country United States
State Indiana
County Benton
Township Hickory Grove
Founded 1875
Area
 • Total 0.15 sq mi (0.39 km2)
 • Land 0.15 sq mi (0.39 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
732 ft (223 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 239
 • Estimate 
(2019)
227
 • Density 1,503.31/sq mi (580.60/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
47917
Area code 765
FIPS code 18-01342
GNIS ID 430128

Ambia is a town in Hickory Grove Township, Benton County, Indiana, United States. The population was 239 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Lafayette, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Ambia downtown Indiana historic
Ambia, Store Front with the Post Office, Old Harness Shop, Barber Shop, and Millinery Shop, circa 1920

Ambia was laid out by Ezekiel M. Talbot and his wife Marietta on February 22, 1875, and named for their daughter Ambia Talbot. (The couple had two years earlier planned the nearby town of Talbot.) Its first building was a house erected by James C. Pugh which was soon joined by a grain elevator, general store and blacksmith. A drug store, hardware store, hotel, physician and a variety of other establishments followed.

Ambia was a stop on the Lafayette, Muncie and Bloomington Railroad (later the Lake Erie and Western) which ran between Lafayette and Hoopeston. The Wabash Railway Company, which built a stretch of the LM&B through Illinois, originally wanted to construct a railway switch at a site known as Weaver City, a small town just west of Ambia in Vermilion County, Illinois; the owner of the property, however, refused to grant land for it. In response, the railway officials sent a force of men without notice to move the station house from Weaver City half a mile east across the state border, which they did on the Sunday morning of March 10, 1873. The town's businesses and residents followed and Weaver City faded from existence while Ambia sprang up near the station's new site.

Geography

Ambia is located at 40°29′24″N 87°30′58″W / 40.49000°N 87.51611°W / 40.49000; -87.51611 (40.489878, -87.516200) in the extreme southwest corner of the county, in Hickory Grove Township. The Kankakee, Beaverville and Southern Railroad and Indiana State Road 352 pass through the town, and the upper end of the North Fork of the Vermilion River flows nearby.

According to the 2010 census, Ambia has a total area of 0.15 square miles (0.39 km2), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 253
1890 293 15.8%
1900 438 49.5%
1910 359 −18.0%
1920 459 27.9%
1930 433 −5.7%
1940 603 39.3%
1950 356 −41.0%
1960 351 −1.4%
1970 300 −14.5%
1980 274 −8.7%
1990 249 −9.1%
2000 197 −20.9%
2010 239 21.3%
2019 (est.) 227 −5.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
Ambia, Indiana
Ambia from the west.

2010 census

As of the 2010 census, there were 239 people, 78 households, and 63 families living in the town. The population density was 1,593.3 inhabitants per square mile (615.2/km2). There were 87 housing units at an average density of 580.0 per square mile (223.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 77.0% White, 20.5% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 43.5% of the population.

There were 78 households, of which 50.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.7% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 19.2% were non-families. 17.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.06 and the average family size was 3.49.

The median age in the town was 31.4 years. 34.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.1% were from 25 to 44; 24.6% were from 45 to 64; and 8.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 50.6% male and 49.4% female.

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