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Downtown Angola's traffic circle, "the Mound", with a Civil War monument.  The building with the cupola is the county courthouse.
Downtown Angola's traffic circle, "the Mound", with a Civil War monument. The building with the cupola is the county courthouse.
Motto(s): 
"Proud of our past. Planning for our future."
Location of Angola in Steuben County, Indiana.
Location of Angola in Steuben County, Indiana.
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Coordinates: 41°38′13″N 85°0′3″W / 41.63694°N 85.00083°W / 41.63694; -85.00083Coordinates: 41°38′13″N 85°0′3″W / 41.63694°N 85.00083°W / 41.63694; -85.00083
Country United States
State Indiana
County Steuben
Township Pleasant
Area
 • Total 6.54 sq mi (16.94 km2)
 • Land 6.49 sq mi (16.82 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.12 km2)
Elevation
1,063 ft (324 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 8,612
 • Estimate 
(2019)
8,732
 • Density 1,345.04/sq mi (519.29/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
46703
Area code 260
FIPS code 18-01666
GNIS ID 430179
Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 226
1870 1,072
1880 1,280 19.4%
1890 1,840 43.8%
1900 2,141 16.4%
1910 2,610 21.9%
1920 2,650 1.5%
1930 2,665 0.6%
1940 3,141 17.9%
1950 5,081 61.8%
1960 4,746 −6.6%
1970 5,117 7.8%
1980 5,486 7.2%
1990 5,824 6.2%
2000 7,344 26.1%
2010 8,612 17.3%
2019 (est.) 8,732 1.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

Angola is a city in Pleasant Township, Steuben County, Indiana, United States. The population was 8,612 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Steuben County. Angola was founded by Thomas Gale and Cornelius Gilmore on June 28, 1838, and is home to Trine University. The town is served by I-69 and the Indiana Toll Road (I-80 and I-90).

History

The Angola post office has been in operation since 1838.

The Angola Commercial Historic District, Steuben County Courthouse, and Steuben County Jail are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography

The center of Angola is located at 41°38′13″N 85°0′3″W / 41.63694°N 85.00083°W / 41.63694; -85.00083, the intersection of U.S. 20 and State Road 127. The roads are known to the citizens of Angola as North and South Wayne street and West and East Maumee street.

According to the 2010 census, Angola has a total area of 6.387 square miles (16.54 km2), of which 6.34 square miles (16.42 km2) (or 99.26%) is land and 0.047 square miles (0.12 km2) (or 0.74%) is water.

Climate

The National Weather Service reports that Angola's average January temperatures are a maximum of 28.8 °F (−1.8 °C) and a minimum of 13.7 °F (−10.2 °C). Average July temperatures are a maximum of 82.0 °F (27.8 °C) and a minimum of 60.4 °F (15.8 °C). There are an average of 7.5 days with highs of 90 °F (32 °C) or higher. There an average of 28.1 days with highs of 32 °F (0 °C) or lower and an average of 2.3 days with lows of 0 °F (−18 °C) or lower. The record high temperature was 106 °F (41 °C) on July 13, 1936. The record low temperature was −27 °F (−33 °C) on January 4, 1981.

The average annual precipitation is 37.27 inches (947 mm). There are an average of 119.4 days with measurable precipitation. The wettest year was 1950, with 52.48 inches (1,333 mm) and the driest was 1971, with 24.07 inches (611 mm). The most precipitation in one month was 12.23 inches (311 mm) in May 1943. The most precipitation in a 24-hour period was 5.00 inches (127 mm) on July 9, 1951.

The average annual snowfall is 34.7 inches (880 mm). There are an average of 22.0 days with measurable snowfall. The snowiest season was 1981-82 with 74.9 inches (1,900 mm). The most snowfall in one month was 31.5 inches (800 mm) in January 1999, including the record 24-hour snowfall of 14.3 inches (360 mm) on January 3, 1999.

Climate data for Angola, Indiana
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 31.0
(-0.56)
33.2
(0.67)
43.7
(6.5)
57.4
(14.11)
69.3
(20.72)
78.8
(26)
83.0
(28.33)
81.1
(27.28)
74.4
(23.56)
62.3
(16.83)
47.1
(8.39)
34.5
(1.39)
57.98
(14.435)
Average low °F (°C) 15.9
(-8.94)
16.5
(-8.61)
25.4
(-3.67)
36.5
(2.5)
47.3
(8.5)
57.3
(14.06)
61.3
(16.28)
59.5
(15.28)
52.4
(11.33)
41.4
(5.22)
30.9
(-0.61)
20.5
(-6.39)
38.74
(3.745)
Precipitation inches (mm) 2.2
(56)
2.0
(51)
2.8
(71)
3.5
(89)
3.8
(97)
3.7
(94)
3.7
(94)
3.5
(89)
3.2
(81)
2.8
(71)
2.9
(74)
2.6
(66)
36.6
(930)
Source: Weatherbase
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Angola's water tower.

Demographics

2010 census

As of the 2010 census, there were 8,612 people, 3,111 households, and 1,815 families living in the city. The population density was 1,358.4 inhabitants per square mile (524.5/km2). There were 3,499 housing units at an average density of 551.9 per square mile (213.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.6% White, 1.4% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 2.1% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.3% of the population.

There were 3,111 households, which 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.7% were married couples living together, 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.7% were non-families. 33.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.2% 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 2.99.

The median age in the city was 30.3 years. 22.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 21.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24% were from 25 to 44; 19.6% were from 45 to 64; and 13% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.6% male and 49.4% female.

The Monument

The most popular landmark in Angola is the Monument, referred to by locals as "The Mound" or the 'Circle'.

Built in 1917 by E.M. Heltzer, The Monument commemorates the Civil War. It has statues for all four branches of the military. On top is the statue of Columbia, facing east. It cost $17,000 in 1917, over $1,000,000 if it were built today. The Monument is the center of many town celebrations and festivities. It was unveiled on Thursday, September 13, 1917 at 1PM to much fanfare. On the Monument are plaques with the names of the 1,278 men from Steuben County who fought in the war. Per capita, more men from Steuben County enlisted for the war than any other county in Indiana. The monument underwent a renovation in 1993 and was re-dedicated during Fourth of July ceremonies.

Education

The Metropolitan School District of Steuben County, which operates the following schools in Angola:

  • Carlin Park Elementary
  • Hendry Park Elementary
  • Ryan Park Elementary
  • Pleasant Lake Elementary
  • Angola Middle School
  • Angola High School
  • Educational Opportunity Center
Indiana SR 127 n of Angola
Just north of Angola, on State Road 127, the rural past has made way for big-box stores.

Trine University

Angola has a lending library: the Carnegie Public Library of Steuben Co.

Notable people

  • Lloy Ball, Olympic volleyball gold medalist
  • John Barnes, science-fiction writer
  • Brian Cardinal, NBA basketball player
  • Hagood Hardy, 1937–1997, Canadian-American jazz musician and composer
  • Lewis Blaine Hershey, 1893–1977, U.S. Army four-star general, second Director of the Selective Service
  • Lois Irene Marshall, 1873–1958, wife of U.S. Vice President Thomas R. Marshall
  • Edward Ralph May, 1819–1852, the only member of the Indiana Constitutional Convention of 1850 to vote for African American suffrage, practiced law in Angola from 1843 to 1852
  • Wilbur Simpson, classical bassoonist
  • Raymond E. Willis, U.S. Senator
  • J. Walter Yeagley, former judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals
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