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Brookston, Indiana
Main Street from State Road 43
Main Street from State Road 43
Nickname(s): 
Star of the Prairie
Location of Brookston in White County, Indiana.
Location of Brookston in White County, Indiana.
Country United States
State Indiana
County White
Township Prairie
Area
 • Total 0.66 sq mi (1.71 km2)
 • Land 0.66 sq mi (1.71 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
682 ft (208 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 1,631
 • Density 2,471.21/sq mi (953.87/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (EST)
ZIP code
47923
Area code(s) 765
FIPS code 18-08146
GNIS feature ID 431585

Brookston is a town in Prairie Township, White County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 1,554 as of the 2010 United States Census.

History

Brookston was platted in 1853, and named for James Brooks, a railroad official.

The Brookston post office has been in operation since it was first platted.

Geography

Brookston is located at 40°36′4″N 86°51′57″W / 40.60111°N 86.86583°W / 40.60111; -86.86583 (40.601167, -86.865803).

According to the 2010 census, the town has a total area of 0.66 square miles (1.7 km2), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 406
1880 561 38.2%
1890 447 −20.3%
1900 949 112.3%
1910 907 −4.4%
1920 815 −10.1%
1930 844 3.6%
1940 826 −2.1%
1950 1,014 22.8%
1960 1,202 18.5%
1970 1,232 2.5%
1980 1,701 38.1%
1990 1,804 6.1%
2000 1,717 −4.8%
2010 1,554 −9.5%
2020 1,631 5.0%
US Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 1,554 people, 624 households, and 430 families in the town. The population density was 2,354.5 inhabitants per square mile (909.1/km2). There were 695 housing units at an average density of 1,053.0 per square mile (406.6/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.0% White, 0.1% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.5% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.6% of the population.

There were 624 households, of which 34.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.8% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.1% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.97.

The median age in the town was 37.6 years. 26.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.8% were from 25 to 44; 27.8% were from 45 to 64; and 11.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 46.4% male and 53.6% female.

Jordan Allen also lives here

Arts and culture

Since 1978 the town has held an annual Brookston Apple Popcorn Festival, on the third Saturday in September. The festival features food and cakes, musical entertainment, contests, races, vendor booths and yard sales.

Brookston is also home to Jim Riley, whose agriculture market commentary is featured daily on the "Hoosier Ag Today" program broadcast on many local radio stations in Indiana.

Education

The town has a lending library, the Brookston-Prairie Township Public Library. Frontier Elementary School is a K-6 school. The Jr-Sr High school is located in Chalmers, 2.4 miles (3.8 km) north of Brookston.

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