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Delphi, Indiana
Sign depicting a horse-drawn canal boat.
Sign depicting a horse-drawn canal boat.
Motto(s): 
"Home of the Wabash and Erie Canal"
Location of Delphi in Carroll County, Indiana.
Location of Delphi in Carroll County, Indiana.
Country United States
State Indiana
County Carroll
Township Deer Creek Township
Area
 • Total 2.71 sq mi (7.03 km2)
 • Land 2.71 sq mi (7.03 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
568 ft (173 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 2,961
 • Density 1,090.61/sq mi (421.10/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
46923
Area code(s) 765 Exchange: 564
FIPS code 18-17614
GNIS feature ID 0433461
Website www.cityofdelphi.org

Delphi is a city in and the county seat of Carroll County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. Located twenty minutes northeast of Lafayette, it is part of the Lafayette, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 2,893 at the 2010 census.

History

Delphi was platted in 1828. It took its name from the ancient city of Delphi, in Greece. Several months after Delphi was founded, it was designated county seat.

The Barnett-Seawright-Wilson House, Carroll County Courthouse, Delphi City Hall, Delphi Courthouse Square Historic District, Delphi Methodist Episcopal Church, Foreman-Case House, and Niewerth Building are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography

Delphi is located at 40°35′15″N 86°40′18″W / 40.587461°N 86.671638°W / 40.587461; -86.671638.

According to the 2010 census, Delphi has a total area of 2.73 square miles (7.07 km2), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 1,381
1860 1,395 1.0%
1870 1,614 15.7%
1880 2,040 26.4%
1890 1,928 −5.5%
1900 2,135 10.7%
1910 2,161 1.2%
1920 2,087 −3.4%
1930 1,929 −7.6%
1940 2,213 14.7%
1950 2,530 14.3%
1960 2,517 −0.5%
1970 2,582 2.6%
1980 3,042 17.8%
1990 2,531 −16.8%
2000 3,015 19.1%
2010 2,893 −4.0%
2020 2,961 2.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 2,893 people, 1,135 households, and 694 families living in the city. The population density was 1,059.7 inhabitants per square mile (409.2/km2). There were 1,270 housing units at an average density of 465.2 per square mile (179.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.7% White, 0.4% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 5.5% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.3%.

Of the 1,135 households 32.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.1% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.9% were non-families. 33.1% of households were one person and 16.2% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.12.

The median age was 37.5 years. 25.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.5% were from 25 to 44; 22.3% were from 45 to 64; and 18% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.9% male and 52.1% female.

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Education

The Delphi Community School Corporation operates public schools, including Delphi Community High School.

The city has a free lending library, the Delphi Public Library.

Notable people

  • William "Dick the Bruiser" Afflis - professional wrestler
  • Moses Clapp - Minnesota politician
  • William V. Lucas - member of the 53rd United States House of Representatives
  • Doxie Moore - professional basketball coach
  • John Gould Moyer - 31st Governor of American Samoa
  • Robert H. Shaffer - pioneer in the field of college student personnel and student affairs
  • Betty Wason - author/broadcast journalist
  • Gregory Wasson (born 1958) - president and CEO of Walgreens
  • Clarence Whistler - professional wrestler of the 1880s
  • Walter B. Rogers - musician and bandleader
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