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Cambridge City, Indiana
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Location of Cambridge City in Wayne County, Indiana.
Location of Cambridge City in Wayne County, Indiana.
Country United States
State Indiana
County Wayne
Township Jackson
 • Total 1.02 sq mi (2.63 km2)
 • Land 1.01 sq mi (2.61 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
935 ft (285 m)
 • Total 1,751
 • Density 1,735.38/sq mi (669.92/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (EST)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 765
FIPS code 18-09874
GNIS feature ID 431999

Cambridge City is a town in Jackson Township, Wayne County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 1,870 at the 2010 census.


Cambridge City was laid out and platted in 1836. The community was named after the city of Cambridge, in England.

The Cambridge City post office has been in operation since 1835.

Cambridge City experienced growth when the Whitewater Canal was extended to that point in 1846.

Situated along the historic National Road (U.S. Route 40), Cambridge City is currently a prominent destination for antique seekers.

The Cambridge City Historic District, Conklin-Montgomery House, and Lackey-Overbeck House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Vinton House, a historic inn on the Whitewater Canal


Cambridge City is located at 39°48′47″N 85°10′15″W / 39.81306°N 85.17083°W / 39.81306; -85.17083 (39.812996, -85.170812).

According to the 2010 census, Cambridge City has a total area of 1.02 square miles (2.64 km2), of which 1.01 square miles (2.62 km2) (or 99.02%) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) (or 0.98%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 1,217
1860 1,622 33.3%
1870 2,162 33.3%
1880 2,370 9.6%
1890 1,782 −24.8%
1900 1,754 −1.6%
1910 2,237 27.5%
1920 1,963 −12.2%
1930 2,113 7.6%
1940 2,207 4.4%
1950 2,559 15.9%
1960 2,569 0.4%
1970 2,481 −3.4%
1980 2,407 −3.0%
1990 2,091 −13.1%
2000 2,121 1.4%
2010 1,870 −11.8%
2020 1,751 −6.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
Conklin-Montgomery House
The Conklin-Montgomery House

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,870 people, 785 households, and 514 families living in the town. The population density was 1,851.5 inhabitants per square mile (714.9/km2). There were 893 housing units at an average density of 884.2 per square mile (341.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.5% White, 0.2% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 0.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.

There were 785 households, of which 33.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.1% were married couples living together, 14.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.5% were non-families. 29.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.90.

The median age in the town was 39.8 years. 24.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.8% were from 25 to 44; 26% were from 45 to 64; and 17% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 48.8% male and 51.2% female.


The town celebrates its history and heritage during the second weekend in each September during the annual Canal Days festival, which commemorates the importance of the Whitewater Canal to the formation and growth of Cambridge City in the 19th century.


Just south of I-70, Cambridge City is home to the Indiana Gateway Industrial Park which is home to Taconic Biosciences, Dot Foods and Sugar Creek Packaging Co. (replacing Really Cool Foods which closed in December 2011).


Cambridge City has two schools: an elementary school and a middle/high school that serve the surrounding areas.

  • Western Wayne Elementary School
  • Lincoln Middle/High School

The town has a lending library, the Cambridge City Public Library.

Notable people

  • Alice Williams Brotherton (1848-1930), writer
  • Larry Crockett (1926-1955), Indy car driver
  • Solomon Meredith (1810-1875), a Quaker general in the American Civil War
  • The Overbeck Sisters - four daughters of John and Sarah Overpeck who hand-produced their internationally known Overbeck Art Pottery in Cambridge City from 1911 to 1955, noted for their Arts and Crafts designs, distinctive glazes and work in the grotesque style
  • Virginia Claypool Meredith (1848-1936), "Queen of American Agriculture"; ran a farm in Cambridge City
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