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Claypool, Indiana
Location of Claypool in Kosciusko County, Indiana
Location of Claypool in Kosciusko County, Indiana
Country United States
State Indiana
County Kosciusko
Township Clay
 • Total 0.25 sq mi (0.65 km2)
 • Land 0.24 sq mi (0.63 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
889 ft (271 m)
 • Total 396
 • Density 1,622.95/sq mi (626.32/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (EST)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 574
FIPS code 18-13312
GNIS feature ID 432596

Claypool is a town in Clay Township, Kosciusko County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 431 at the 2010 census.


Claypool is located at 41°7′44″N 85°52′51″W / 41.12889°N 85.88083°W / 41.12889; -85.88083 (41.128829, -85.880876).

According to the 2010 census, Claypool has a total area of 0.25 square miles (0.65 km2), of which 0.24 square miles (0.62 km2) (or 96%) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) (or 4%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 399
1910 408 2.3%
1920 356 −12.7%
1930 382 7.3%
1940 423 10.7%
1950 416 −1.7%
1960 452 8.7%
1970 468 3.5%
1980 464 −0.9%
1990 411 −11.4%
2000 311 −24.3%
2010 431 38.6%
2020 396 −8.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 431 people, 155 households, and 115 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,795.8 inhabitants per square mile (693.4/km2). There were 176 housing units at an average density of 733.3 per square mile (283.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 95.1% White, 0.2% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 1.4% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.1% of the population.

There were 155 households, of which 37.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.6% were married couples living together, 14.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 8.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 25.8% were non-families. 20.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.13.

The median age in the town was 33 years. 26.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 11.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.8% were from 25 to 44; 23.9% were from 45 to 64; and 10.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 50.3% male and 49.7% female.


Claypool was platted in 1873.

Claypool was previously an important rail transportation hub because it was located at the junction of the Big Four and the Nickel Plate railroad lines.

One of Claypool's claims to fame is the fact that it is the hometown of two of Indiana's basketball greats, Judi Warren, who became the first Miss Basketball of Indiana in 1976, and Kevin Ault, Mr. Basketball of Indiana of 1996. Both played for Warsaw Community High School. Judi Warren was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.

A more controversial claim to fame was the local house church established for a time in the 1970s by Hobart Freeman.

Claypool was featured in an article in Time Magazine in its September 8, 1980 issue. Link to article.

In 2006 Claypool was selected by Louis Dreyfus Agriculture Industries, a French Corporation, as the location for a new biodiesel manufacturing plant. When completed, it will be the largest biodiesel manufacturing plant in the state. Crushing and flaking equipment from Damman-Croes Belgium has been selected.

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