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Attica
City
Looking into Attica across the Wabash
Looking into Attica across the Wabash
Nickname(s): Johnson I.N
Fountain County's location in Indiana
Fountain County's location in Indiana
Country United States
State Indiana
County Fountain
Township Logan
Area
 • Total 1.60 sq mi (4.14 km2)
 • Land 1.60 sq mi (4.14 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 545 ft (166 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,245
 • Estimate (2012) 3,217
 • Density 2,028.1/sq mi (783.1/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 47918
Area code 765
FIPS code 18-02620
GNIS ID 430330

Attica is a city in Logan Township, Fountain County, Indiana, United States. The population was 3,245 at the 2010 census.

History

Attica was laid out by George Hollingsworth and platted by David Stump in 1825. The completion of the Wabash and Erie Canal through the town in 1847 brought a considerable amount of growth to the area, and ended (in Attica's favor) a long-standing rivalry with the neighboring communities of Rob Roy, Williamsport and Covington.

Attica is the nearest town to the location where Paul Dresser is believed to have written the state song, "On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away", and the bridge over the Wabash River bears his name.

The Attica Downtown Historic District, Attica Main Street Historic District, Brady Street Historic District, Marshall M. Milford House, and Old East Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography

Map of Attica, Indiana
Map of Attica

Attica is located at 40°17′25″N 87°14′49″W / 40.29028°N 87.24694°W / 40.29028; -87.24694 (40.290227, -87.246973) along the Wabash River in Logan Township. U.S. Route 41, State Road 28, and State Road 55 intersect at Attica.

According to the 2010 census, Attica has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.14 km2), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,713
1870 2,273 32.7%
1880 2,150 −5.4%
1890 2,320 7.9%
1900 3,005 29.5%
1910 3,335 11.0%
1920 3,392 1.7%
1930 3,700 9.1%
1940 3,760 1.6%
1950 3,862 2.7%
1960 4,341 12.4%
1970 4,262 −1.8%
1980 3,841 −9.9%
1990 3,457 −10.0%
2000 3,491 1.0%
2010 3,245 −7.0%
Est. 2015 3,117 −3.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
Attica, Indiana house
A home in the historic district.
Attica, Indiana rooster
A restaurant on East Main Street.

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 3,245 people, 1,308 households, and 843 families residing here. The population density was 2,028.3 inhabitants per square mile (783.1/km2). There were 1,507 housing units at an average density of 942.0 per square mile (363.7/km2). The racial makeup was 97.8% white, 0.3% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 0.1% black or African American, 0.6% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.4% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 26.3% were German, 14.1% were English, 13.9% were Irish, and 12.3% were American.

Of the 1,308 households, 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.2% were married couples living together, 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 35.6% were non-families, and 30.3% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.00. The median age was 38.9 years.

The median income for a household was $34,804 and the median income for a family was $52,669. Males had a median income of $45,682 versus $24,574 for females. The per capita income for was $21,287. About 13.3% of families and 16.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.0% of those under age 18 and 13.9% of those age 65 or over.

Points of interest

  • The Devon Theater, a well-preserved Art Deco-style theater.
  • The Badlands, an off-road park.
  • The Heritage Days Festival, held annually in mid-September.
  • The Attica UMC Motorsports Festival, held annually in late June.
  • Cottrell Village, an 1850s restoration of two houses and a church.
  • Ravine Park.
  • Ouabache Park, on the Wabash River.
  • McDonald Park.

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