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Location of Boswell in Benton County, Indiana.
Location of Boswell in Benton County, Indiana.
Boswell, Indiana is located in Benton County, Indiana
Boswell, Indiana
Boswell, Indiana
Location in Benton County, Indiana
Country United States
State Indiana
County Benton
Township Grant
Founded 1872
 • Total 0.88 sq mi (2.29 km2)
 • Land 0.88 sq mi (2.29 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
755 ft (230 m)
 • Total 800
 • Density 904.98/sq mi (349.41/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code 765
FIPS code 18-06706
GNIS ID 431372

Boswell is a town in Grant Township, Benton County, Indiana, United States. The population was 778 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Lafayette, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area.


The town of Boswell was first laid out by a man named Charles Moore, but Moore sold the land it occupied to Tippecanoe County-native Elizabeth H. Scott who, with her husband Charles, replatted it in its present form on July 18, 1872. A small general store run from a "rough board shanty" just north of the railroad was the town's first business, but this was joined by many more as the town grew. The town was named for Parnaham Boswell and was platted with streets bearing the names of the founders, Charles and Elizabeth, and their five children, Grace, Emma, Clinton, Harold and Jennie.


Boswell is located in Grant Township. U.S. Route 41 passes along the east side of Boswell; State Road 352 and the Kankakee, Beaverville and Southern Railroad both run east through town. Goose Creek flows along Boswell's south side and joins Mud Pine Creek about two miles to the southeast.

According to the 2010 census, Boswell has a total area of 0.93 square miles (2.41 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 330
1890 558 69.1%
1900 824 47.7%
1910 814 −1.2%
1920 880 8.1%
1930 817 −7.2%
1940 877 7.3%
1950 963 9.8%
1960 957 −0.6%
1970 998 4.3%
1980 810 −18.8%
1990 767 −5.3%
2000 827 7.8%
2010 778 −5.9%
2020 800 2.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the 2010 census, there were 778 people, 310 households, and 205 families living in the town. The population density was 836.6 inhabitants per square mile (323.0/km2). There were 362 housing units at an average density of 389.2 per square mile (150.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 87.9% White, 0.6% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 10.2% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.0% of the population.

There were 310 households, of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.4% were married couples living together, 13.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.9% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.08.

The median age in the town was 38.1 years. 27.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.3% were from 25 to 44; 22% were from 45 to 64; and 16.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 47.9% male and 52.1% female.


The town has a lending library, the Boswell Public Library.

See also

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