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DeMotte, Indiana
U.S. Route 231 through DeMotte, Indiana
U.S. Route 231 through DeMotte, Indiana
Location of De Motte in Jasper County, Indiana.
Location of De Motte in Jasper County, Indiana.
Country United States
State Indiana
County Jasper
Township Keener
 • Total 3.59 sq mi (9.29 km2)
 • Land 3.59 sq mi (9.29 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
669 ft (204 m)
 • Total 4,168
 • Density 1,162.30/sq mi (448.78/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 219
FIPS code 18-17722
GNIS feature ID 0450503

DeMotte is a town in Keener Township, Jasper County, Indiana, United States. The population was 3,814 at the 2010 census.


DeMotte was made a station by the New York Central Railroad when the line was extended to that point in the early 1880s. The DeMotte post office opened in 1882. DeMotte was named for Mark L. De Motte, a member of Congress at the time.


DeMotte is located at 41°11′53″N 87°11′57″W / 41.19806°N 87.19917°W / 41.19806; -87.19917 (41.198077, -87.199190). According to the 2010 census, De Motte has a total area of 3.61 square miles (9.35 km2), all land.

U.S. Route 231 and Indiana State Road 10 run through DeMotte.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 1,697
1980 2,559 50.8%
1990 2,482 −3.0%
2000 3,234 30.3%
2010 3,814 17.9%
2020 4,168 9.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,814 people, 1,560 households, and 1,062 families living in the town. The population density was 1,056.5 inhabitants per square mile (407.9/km2). There were 1,668 housing units at an average density of 462.0 per square mile (178.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.2% White, 0.4% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 1.4% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.7% of the population.

There were 1,560 households, of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.4% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.9% were non-families. 28.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.93.

The median age in the town was 39.4 years. 24.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.5% were from 25 to 44; 23.4% were from 45 to 64; and 20.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 46.5% male and 53.5% female.


Touch of Dutch - This festival takes place each year early in August as a celebration of the Dutch American heritage in the DeMotte area. Many area businesses have vendor tents set up in downtown DeMotte for people to visit.


The town of DeMotte is home to a park known as Field of Dreams. This park serves as a place where members of or around the community can exercise and stay healthy. Field of Dreams is known for the several town sports it holds as soccer, baseball, and softball games are held throughout the year. Field of Dreams also includes a one mile path that people may run, walk, or jog around and one set of basketball courts.


The Kankakee Valley School Corporation serves DeMotte. DeMotte Elementary School is located in DeMotte. Residents are served by Kankakee Valley Intermediate School, Kankakee Valley Middle School, and Kankakee Valley High School in Wheatfield Township.

DeMotte has a public library, a branch of the Jasper County Public Library.

Covenant Christian High School and DeMotte Christian School (Pre-school through 8th grade) are located in DeMotte. In 1940, DeMotte Christian School was organized by a group of parents from the First Christian Reformed Church of DeMotte.

Notable people

Charles A. Halleck, a Republican leader in the U.S. House of Representatives between 1935 and 1968, was born near DeMotte in 1900. A prominent member of the Conservative coalition, Halleck served as the House Majority Leader after the elections of 1946 and 1952 and Minority Leader from 1959 to 1964 when he was defeated in his bid to remain Minority Leader by Rep. Gerald Ford of Michigan.

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