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Dunkirk, Indiana
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Location of Dunkirk in Blackford County and Jay County, Indiana.
Location of Dunkirk in Blackford County and Jay County, Indiana.
Country United States
State Indiana
Counties Jay, Blackford
Townships Richland, Jackson
 • Total 1.19 sq mi (3.07 km2)
 • Land 1.18 sq mi (3.04 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
945 ft (288 m)
 • Total 2,164
 • Density 1,841.70/sq mi (711.12/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 765
FIPS code 18-19054
GNIS feature ID 0433786

Dunkirk is a city in Blackford and Jay counties in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 2,164 at the 2020 census.


Dunkirk is located at 40°22′28″N 85°12′35″W / 40.37444°N 85.20972°W / 40.37444; -85.20972 (40.37, -85.21) and is primarily in Jay County, though the northwestern portion of the town (west of Main Street and north of Blackford Avenue) lies in neighboring Blackford County. The southwestern portion of town also abuts Delaware County.

According to the 2010 census, Dunkirk has a total area of 1.26 square miles (3.26 km2), all land.

Dunkirk has a typical Midwestern humid continental seasonal climate. There are four distinct seasons, with winters being cold with moderate snowfall, while summers can be warm and humid. The highest average temperature is in July at 84 °F (29 °C), while the lowest average temperature is in January at 15 °F (−9.0 °C). However, summer temperatures can top 90 °F (32 °C), and winter temperatures can drop below 0 °F (−17 °C). Average monthly precipitation ranges from about 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 cm), with the heaviest occurring during May, June, and July. The highest recorded temperature was 110.0 °F (43.3 °C) on July 14, 1936, and the lowest recorded temperature was −25.0 °F (−31.7 °C) on January 21, 1985.


Dunkirk was originally called Quincy, and under the latter name was platted in 1853. When the first post office was established there, it was discovered there was already a Quincy, Indiana, and so the town was renamed Dunkirk to avoid repetition.

The Dunkirk Post Office contains a mural, Preparations for Autumn Festival, Dunkirk, painted in 1941 by Frances Foy. Murals were produced from 1934 to 1943 in the United States through the Section of Painting and Sculpture, later called the Section of Fine Arts, of the Treasury Department.

Dunkirk referred as the Glass Capitol of Indiana once was the home to 23 Glass factories, some no larger than a house. With the closure of Indiana Glass the remaining glass factory now produces approximately 2,500,000 beer bottles per day for Budweiser. The factory is an ultra computerized modern facility employing 400 employees. Dunkirk also houses an extensive Glass Museum with glass manufactured worldwide.

Ever year usually the last weekend of June the Annual Dunkirk Glass Days festival is held. The festival in addition to a carnival also have a tour of the local glass factory as well as other glass related exhibits and demonstrations.

Dunkirk is also home to one of the largest city parks in Jay County. Providing 2 baseball fields, 1 large enclosed shelter house and a small open shelter building, various children related equipment, a large modern community center and a community swimming pool.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 662
1890 1,024 54.7%
1900 3,187 211.2%
1910 3,031 −4.9%
1920 2,532 −16.5%
1930 2,583 2.0%
1940 2,942 13.9%
1950 3,048 3.6%
1960 3,117 2.3%
1970 3,465 11.2%
1980 3,180 −8.2%
1990 2,739 −13.9%
2000 2,646 −3.4%
2010 2,362 −10.7%
2020 2,164 −8.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,362 people, 960 households, and 619 families living in the city. The population density was 1,874.6 inhabitants per square mile (723.8/km2). There were 1,171 housing units at an average density of 929.4 per square mile (358.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.6% White, 0.3% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.4% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.2% of the population.

There were 960 households, of which 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.6% were married couples living together, 15.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.5% were non-families. 31.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.03.

The median age in the city was 37.2 years. 26.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.9% were from 25 to 44; 25.6% were from 45 to 64; and 14.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.6% male and 51.4% female.


The town has a lending library, the Dunkirk Public Library. The town also has an Elementary School, Westlawn Elementary and a Middle school, West Jay Middle School (slated to be closed in 2020 and middle school students sent to the High School). They are both located in the city limits and are a part of Jay County School Corporation.

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