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Brownsburg, Indiana
North Green Street
North Green Street
"Community on the Move"
Location of Brownsburg in Hendricks County, Indiana.
Location of Brownsburg in Hendricks County, Indiana.
Country United States
State Indiana
County Hendricks
 • Total 16.35 sq mi (42.36 km2)
 • Land 16.27 sq mi (42.13 km2)
 • Water 0.09 sq mi (0.22 km2)
879 ft (268 m)
 • Total 28,973
 • Density 1,780.98/sq mi (687.63/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 317
FIPS code 18-08416
GNIS feature ID 0431646

Brownsburg is a town in Hendricks County, Indiana, United States. The population was recorded to be 21,285 residents at the 2010 Census, an increase from the 14,520 residents in 2000. As of 2019 the estimated population was recorded to be 27,001 residents.


Brownsburg is located at 39°50′31″N 86°23′44″W / 39.84194°N 86.39556°W / 39.84194; -86.39556 (39.842032, -86.395641).

According to the 2010 census, Brownsburg has a total area of 11.16 square miles (28.90 km2), of which 11.08 square miles (28.70 km2) (or 99.28%) is land and 0.08 square miles (0.21 km2) (or 0.72%) is water. Interstate 74, running from Davenport, Iowa to Cincinnati, Ohio, crosses the northern part of Brownsburg before entering Indianapolis. Interstate 65 passes approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) northeast of the community and Interstate 70 about 10 miles (16 km) south. State Road 267 (Green Street) runs north and south through the middle of Brownsburg and serves as one of the town's main thoroughfares. US 136 (or Main Street) runs east and west along the southern half of the town.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 132
1870 551
1880 667 21.1%
1890 623 −6.6%
1900 676 8.5%
1910 876 29.6%
1920 1,063 21.3%
1930 1,042 −2.0%
1940 1,136 9.0%
1950 1,578 38.9%
1960 4,478 183.8%
1970 5,751 28.4%
1980 6,242 8.5%
1990 7,628 22.2%
2000 14,520 90.4%
2010 21,285 46.6%
2020 28,973 36.1%
Source: US Census Bureau

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 21,285 people, 7,948 households, and 5,816 families in the town. The population density was 1,921.0 inhabitants per square mile (741.7/km2). There were 8,376 housing units at an average density of 756.0 per square mile (291.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 93.4% White, 2.2% African American, 0.1% Native American, 1.6% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.2% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.0%.

Of the 7,948 households, 40.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.7% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 26.8% were non-families. 22.4% of households were one person and 8.5% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.11.

The median age in the town was 36 years. 28.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.8% were from 25 to 44; 24.1% were from 45 to 64, and 12% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the town was 48.0% male and 52.0% female.

N Green Street shelter house
Gateway and trailhead at N. Green Street


Brownsburg's first settler was James B. Brown, a Kentucky native, who settled in Brown Township in 1824. At the time the area was dense and unbroken wilderness with only hunters and trappers in the area. Delaware Indians lived in what is now called Lincoln Township, along White Lick Creek, which was then called “Wa-pe-ke-way” or “White Salt”.

In 1828, the first log school house was built in Brown Township. One room brick schools were built every four miles, and everyone in the family except the mothers went to school when it was not crop season. The age range in the classroom was from six years to forty-three years. Brown Township was divided in 1863, becoming Brown Township to the North, named after its first resident. Lincoln Township was created to the South, being named after President Abraham Lincoln as a sign of support during the American Civil War. A stagecoach line was established along a road built in 1820 connecting all of the small outlying communities with Indianapolis.

Brownsburg was originally called Harrisburg, and under the latter name was laid out in 1835 by William Harris. The first post office in town was established as Brownsburgh in 1836. The first church building to be erected in Brownsburg was a log structure built in 1840. From the 1840s to the 1870s, the town almost tripled in size, from its original six acres to more than sixteen acres. 1848 brought the area’s first election with a total of ten male votes cast.

In 1869, the Big Four Railroad opened service to Brownsburg. By 1910, the Interurban was making daily trips between Indianapolis and Crawfordsville with scheduled hourly stops in Brownsburg.

In 1917, Superintendent of Schools Sylvester Moore and his wife were instrumental in forming Brownsburg’s first public library, funded by local gifts as well as a $12,500 gift from Carnegie Corporation. This building served as the Brownsburg Police Department headquarters for several years and is currently empty. The first two-story schoolhouse was built in 1917 on College Avenue. Later a gym was added to the site and was one of gymnasiums used for the filming of the movie Hoosiers. The late 1950s saw the first high school erection. It was during this time the first shopping area was established on the East edge of the Town.

Neighboring communities


Brownsburg Public Library
Brownsburg Public Library

Public schools

Brownsburg Community School Corporation maintains all public schools in Brownsburg.

Private schools

  • Bethesda Christian School
  • St. Malachy Catholic School Pre-K-8

Public library

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

Notable people

  • Tucker Barnhart, Major League Baseball (MLB) catcher, grew up here
  • Chloé Dygert, bicyclist, grew up here
  • Chris Estridge, professional soccer player, grew up here
  • Arthur W Graham III, creator of first full-auto electronic race timing and scoring system; long-time Indy 500 executive race official
  • Gordon Hayward, former Butler Bulldogs basketball player who is currently with the Charlotte Hornets; 9th overall pick of the 2010 NBA draft
  • Allen Hughes, Brownsburg native and former New York Times music and dance critic
  • Lance Lynn, Chicago White Sox MLB pitcher, 2012 MLB All-Star selection and 2005 Indiana Mr. Baseball [1]
  • Pat McAfee, Indianapolis Colts punter, resides in Brownsburg
  • Tony Pedregon, Two-time NHRA Funny Car Champion current NHRA on Fox broadcaster
  • Bill Sampen, former Major League Baseball pitcher for three teams
  • Robbie Stanley, racecar driver
  • Joe Staysniak, former Indianapolis Colts offensive linemen and current co-host of The Grady and Big Joe Show
  • Drew Storen, Cincinnati Reds MLB pitcher
  • Mark Titus, college basketball player and blogger
  • Kristen Ashley, author grew up here
  • Mike Vanderjagt, former NFL kicker and former resident

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