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Covington town square
Covington town square
Location of Covington in Fountain County, Indiana.
Location of Covington in Fountain County, Indiana.
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Country United States
State Indiana
County Fountain
Township Troy
 • Total 1.29 sq mi (3.34 km2)
 • Land 1.29 sq mi (3.34 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
564 ft (172 m)
 • Total 2,668
 • Density 2,068.22/sq mi (798.26/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 765
FIPS code 18-15490
GNIS feature ID 0433050

Covington is a city in, and the county seat of, Fountain County, Indiana, United States. The population was 2,645 at the 2010 census.


Covington, Indiana map from 1876 atlas
Map of Covington from 1876 atlas

Fountain County was formed on April 1, 1826. Later that year, the county seat was established at Covington, and a two-story frame courthouse was built in 1827. The location of the county seat was a point of contention for some years, as Covington was not centrally located in the county. In 1831 an act was passed that called for the relocation of the county seat, but after further discussion it was decided that it should remain where it was. Eventually the coming of the railroads helped to alleviate the geographical concern. A brick courthouse was completed in 1833.

The Carnegie Library of Covington, Covington Courthouse Square Historic District, Covington Residential Historic District, Fountain County Clerk's Building, Fountain County Courthouse, and William C.B. Sewell House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Map of Covington, Indiana
Map of Covington

Covington is located at 40°8′26″N 87°23′35″W / 40.14056°N 87.39306°W / 40.14056; -87.39306 (40.140518, -87.393106). It lies in the west part of Fountain County along the Wabash River, where U.S. Route 136 crosses the river. Interstate 74 passes about 0.5 miles (0.80 km) to the south of the city.

According to the 2010 census, Covington has a total area of 1.18 square miles (3.06 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 1,176
1860 1,366 16.2%
1870 1,888 38.2%
1880 1,920 1.7%
1890 1,891 −1.5%
1900 2,213 17.0%
1910 2,069 −6.5%
1920 1,945 −6.0%
1930 2,008 3.2%
1940 2,096 4.4%
1950 2,235 6.6%
1960 2,759 23.4%
1970 2,641 −4.3%
1980 2,883 9.2%
1990 2,747 −4.7%
2000 2,565 −6.6%
2010 2,645 3.1%
2020 2,668 0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 2,645 people, 1,120 households, and 712 families residing here. The population density was 2,249.3 inhabitants per square mile (868.5/km2). There were 1,197 housing units at an average density of 1,017.9 per square mile (393.0/km2). The racial makeup was 97.6% white, 0.5% American Indian, 0.3% Asian, 0.2% black or African American, 0.4% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.1% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 23.0% were German, 13.6% were Irish, 13.4% were American, and 12.9% were English.

Of the 1,120 households, 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.8% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 36.4% were non-families, and 32.8% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.83. The median age was 44.0 years.

The median income for a household was $47,545 and the median income for a family was $60,913. Males had a median income of $41,354 versus $33,551 for females. The per capita income for was $24,694. About 4.0% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.1% of those under age 18 and 7.3% of those age 65 or over.

Contemporary Life

Covington is the home of the Midwest's first indoor beach: Inspired by Nature. It is a 30' x 44' space filled with sixty-five tons of sand. Available activities include digging in the sand for shark teeth and seashells, volleyball, and playing with a large assortment of sand toys.


Interstate 74 passes by the south edge of Covington, traveling east toward Indianapolis, Indiana, and west toward Champaign, Illinois. U.S. Route 136 passes through the middle of town, traveling west toward Danville, Illinois, and east toward Veedersburg.


The Covington Community School Corporation consists of one elementary school, one middle school, and one high school, all located within Covington.

The town has a public library, a branch of the Covington-Veedersburg Public Library.

Notable people

  • Dale Grubb, former member of the Indiana House of Representatives.
  • Lee Clingan, former member of the Indiana State Senate.
  • Cecil M. Harden, United States Representative.
  • Caroline Henderson Griffiths, philanthropist
  • John T. Myers, United States Representative.
  • Eugene Savage, painter and sculptor.
  • Wilber Moore Stilwell, painter.
  • Charles Stewart Voorhees (1853–1909) was a lawyer and a two-term Delegate to U.S. Congress from the Territory of Washington.
  • Lew Wallace, Union Army general and author of Ben Hur.
  • Susan Wallace, author and poet and wife to Lew Wallace.
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