Banta is an unincorporated community in Johnson and Morgan counties, Indiana, United States.
A post office was established at Banta in 1883, and remained in operation until it was discontinued in 1904. Banta was named for David Demaree Banta (1833-1896), a Johnson County historian and judge. Prior to 1883, it was called Dresslarsville.
David Banta was a trustee of the Indiana University in Bloomington, and was the first dean of its law school, now the Maurer School of Law. He served from 1889 until his death in 1896.
His elder son George founded the Banta Corporation in 1901 in Menasha, Wisconsin.
As of 2016, Marion Brown is the Mayor with Lin Hunt serving as Deputy Mayor.
Banta is located at 39°31′26″N 86°15′01″W / 39.52389°N 86.25028°W, at an elevation of 774 feet (236 m) above sea level.