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Eaton, Indiana
Town of Eaton
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Location of Eaton in Delaware County, Indiana.
Location of Eaton in Delaware County, Indiana.
Country United States
State Indiana
County Delaware
Township Hamilton, Union
 • Total 3.79 sq mi (9.82 km2)
 • Land 3.73 sq mi (9.65 km2)
 • Water 0.06 sq mi (0.16 km2)
886 ft (270 m)
 • Total 1,595
 • Density 427.96/sq mi (165.25/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (EST)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 765
FIPS code 18-20080
GNIS feature ID 0433963

Eaton is a town in Union Township, Delaware County, Indiana, along the Mississinewa River. The population was 1,729 at the 2020 census. It is part of the Muncie, IN Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Eaton was laid out and platted in 1854. The town incorporated as a village in 1873, soon after the railroad had been built through the neighborhood.

The first discovery of natural gas in Indiana occurred in the town of Eaton in 1876. The discovery set off the Indiana Gas Boom, leading to two decades of rapid regional growth.

Eaton from the air, looking northeast.


Eaton is located at 40°20′23″N 85°21′13″W / 40.33972°N 85.35361°W / 40.33972; -85.35361 (40.339675, -85.353746).

According to the 2010 census, Eaton has a total area of 3.76 square miles (9.74 km2), of which 3.7 square miles (9.58 km2) (or 98.4%) is land and 0.06 square miles (0.16 km2) (or 1.6%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 208
1900 1,567
1910 1,428 −8.9%
1920 1,214 −15.0%
1930 1,273 4.9%
1940 1,453 14.1%
1950 1,598 10.0%
1960 1,529 −4.3%
1970 1,594 4.3%
1980 1,804 13.2%
1990 1,614 −10.5%
2000 1,603 −0.7%
2010 1,805 12.6%
2020 1,595 −11.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,805 people, 696 households, and 508 families living in the town. The population density was 487.8 inhabitants per square mile (188.3/km2). There were 824 housing units at an average density of 222.7 per square mile (86.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.8% White, 0.1% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.8% of the population.

There were 696 households, of which 37.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.6% were married couples living together, 14.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 27.0% were non-families. 23.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.03.

The median age in the town was 36.3 years. 27.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.7% were from 25 to 44; 23.9% were from 45 to 64; and 14.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 51.1% male and 48.9% female.


Eaton Elementary School

Eaton Elementary School is a public elementary school located here in Eaton, Indiana. The school is a part of the Delaware Community School Corporation that serves around 275 students in grades kindergarten to 5th grade. Their mascot is the Eaton Norsemen, formerly the Roadrunner. During the school year, the Latchkey program is offered before and after school to provide a safe and fun environment for students. During the summer months, Summer Blast, is offered for the same purposes.

Eaton Public Library

Eaton Public Library is a non-profit library funded wholly by memberships and donations. Through the support of volunteer staff, the library is open 7 days a week. The library offers family and individual memberships for the year, 3 months, or even just the day for an individual. Memberships are open to all residents of East-Central Indiana. The library currently does not have a website, though they can be found on Facebook and even through their online catalog.

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