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Boonville, Indiana
City of Boonville
The downtown historic district in Boonville is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
The downtown historic district in Boonville is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Location of Boonville in Warrick County, Indiana.
Location of Boonville in Warrick County, Indiana.
Country United States
State Indiana
County Warrick
Township Boon
Area
 • Total 5.77 sq mi (14.94 km2)
 • Land 5.73 sq mi (14.84 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.09 km2)
Elevation
423 ft (129 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 6,712
 • Density 1,171.17/sq mi (452.22/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
47601
Area code 812
FIPS code 18-06616
GNIS ID 431342

Boonville is a city in Boon Township, Warrick County, Indiana, United States. The population was 6,246 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Warrick County.

History

Boonville was founded in 1818 and named for Jesse Boon, father of Ratliff Boon. A post office has been in operation at Boonville since 1820. Boonville was incorporated in 1858.

President Abraham Lincoln studied law in Boonville. When Abraham Lincoln and his family moved from Kentucky to present-day Spencer County in 1816, their homestead was then considered to be within Boonville's Warrick County boundaries. The future president frequently walked to Boonville to borrow books and watch local attorney John Brackenridge argue cases, thus earning Boonville the distinction of being "where Lincoln learned the law."

Points of interest

The Boonville post office contains a casein tempera-on-canvas mural titled Boonville Beginnings, painted in 1941 by Ida Abelman. Murals were produced from 1934 to 1943 in the United States through the Section of Painting and Sculpture, later called the Section of Fine Arts, of the Treasury Department.

The Boonville Public Square Historic District and Old Warrick County Jail are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography

Boonville is located at 38°2′46″N 87°16′21″W / 38.04611°N 87.27250°W / 38.04611; -87.27250 (38.046231, -87.272544).

According to the 2010 census, Boonville has a total area of 3.013 square miles (7.80 km2), of which 3 square miles (7.77 km2) (or 99.57%) is land and 0.013 square miles (0.03 km2) (or 0.43%) is water.

Climate

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Boonville has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 196
1860 621 216.8%
1870 1,039 67.3%
1880 1,182 13.8%
1890 1,881 59.1%
1900 2,849 51.5%
1910 3,934 38.1%
1920 4,451 13.1%
1930 4,208 −5.5%
1940 4,526 7.6%
1950 5,092 12.5%
1960 4,801 −5.7%
1970 5,736 19.5%
1980 6,300 9.8%
1990 6,724 6.7%
2000 6,834 1.6%
2010 6,246 −8.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the 2010 census, there were 6,246 people, 2,549 households, and 1,647 families living in the city. The population density was 2,082.0 inhabitants per square mile (803.9/km2). There were 2,867 housing units at an average density of 955.7 per square mile (369.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.7% White, 0.5% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.2% of the population.

There were 2,549 households, of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.0% were married couples living together, 13.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.4% were non-families. 31.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.97.

The median age in the city was 39.4 years. 23.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.8% were from 25 to 44; 25.4% were from 45 to 64; and 18% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.3% male and 53.7% female.

Transportation

The Boonville Airport is located two nautical miles (2.3 mi, 3.7 km) west of the central business district. Boonville also has the Warrick Area Transit System (WATS), a public bus line which connects with the nearby Metropolitan Evansville Transit System (METS).

Education

The town has a lending library, the Boonville-Warrick County Public Library.

Notable people

  • Louis A. Arnold – HVAC worker and Socialist Party of America Wisconsin State Senator
  • Benoni S. Fuller – schoolteacher, sheriff, and Democratic state legislator and Congressman
  • Barbara Maier Gustern - singer and vocal coach
  • Monte M. Katterjohn – screenwriter for 68 films between 1912 and 1931
  • Menz Lindsey – lawyer who was also a quarterback in the early National Football League for the Evansville Crimson Giants
  • W. Otto Miessner – composer and music educator
  • Ken Penner – baseball pitcher who played Major League Baseball for two seasons (1916 and 1929) between decades of a minor league career that lasted through 1943
  • Dustin Ransom – musician, producer, vocalist, arranger, music transcriber, and film composer
  • Rachel Rockwell – theatre director, choreographer, dancer and actor
  • Robert G. Roeder - Professor at The Rockefeller University, pioneer scientist in eukaryotic transcription
  • Jeremy Spencer – musician, songwriter and record producer, co-founder and drummer for heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch
  • Travis Williams – tailback in the National Football League's Evansville Crimson Giants
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