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Ellettsville, Indiana
Downtown Ellettsville
Downtown Ellettsville
"Builders Of American History"
Location of Ellettsville in Monroe County, Indiana.
Location of Ellettsville in Monroe County, Indiana.
Country United States
State Indiana
County Monroe
Township Richland
 • Total 5.17 sq mi (13.40 km2)
 • Land 5.17 sq mi (13.40 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
696 ft (212 m)
 • Total 6,655
 • Density 1,286.24/sq mi (496.61/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (EST)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 812, 930
FIPS code 18-20800
GNIS feature ID 434095

Ellettsville is a town in Richland Township, Monroe County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 6,865 at the 2020 census. It is part of the Bloomington, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area. Ellettsville is the starting point for the Hilly Hundred, a two-day bicycle tour.


Ellettsville was platted in 1837. In 1818 Edward Ellett, Sr, and his wife Eleanor settled in what is now known as Ellettsville with their four minor sons: David, Richard, Johnston and Barton. The first winter, they lived in a three-sided log cabin they built. Also settling that same year were their two eldest sons, William and Samuel, with their wives and families. Within a few years daughters Sarah, Phoebe, and Nancy would settle in the area with their husbands. Eventually, in 1826, their third eldest son Edward, Jr. also arrived in the town that would be named Ellettsville in 1837. Samuel Ellett built the first courthouse in 1820. It was completed ahead of schedule and at the cost of $400. By 1822, the first school opened and with Samuel Ellett's children attending. When Indiana celebrated its sesquicentennial in 1987, a historical marker was placed to mark the grave of Edward Ellett, Sr.(c.1762-1833).

Ellettsville was incorporated as a village in 1866.

Ellettsville Downtown Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.

Photo from Small Town Indiana photo survey.


Ellettsville is located at 39°13′47″N 86°37′17″W / 39.22972°N 86.62139°W / 39.22972; -86.62139 (39.229645, -86.621404).

According to the 2010 census, Ellettsville has a total area of 4.24 square miles (10.98 km2), all land.

Ellettsville, Indiana
Photo from Small Town Indiana photo survey.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 74
1880 585
1890 712 21.7%
1900 708 −0.6%
1910 676 −4.5%
1920 721 6.7%
1930 767 6.4%
1940 863 12.5%
1950 855 −0.9%
1960 1,222 42.9%
1970 1,627 33.1%
1980 3,328 104.5%
1990 3,275 −1.6%
2000 5,078 55.1%
2010 6,378 25.6%
2020 6,655 4.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

At the 2010 census, there were 6,378 people, 2,593 households and 1,704 families living in the town. The population density was 1,504.2 per square mile (580.8/km2). There were 2,753 housing units at an average density of 649.3 per square mile (250.7/km2). The racial makeup was 95.5% White, 1.0% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.

There were 2,593 households, of which 35.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.2% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.3% were non-families. 28.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.98.

The median age was 34.5 years. 26.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 30.7% were from 25 to 44; 23% were from 45 to 64; and 12.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 46.7% male and 53.3% female.


Edgewood High School serves students in grades 9-12. Edgewood Junior High School serves grades 6-8. Edgewood Intermediate School serves grades 3-5. Edgewood Primary School serves grades K-2. Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation represents the two townships (Richland and Bean Blossom) in northwestern Monroe County.

Ellettsville has a public library, a branch of the Monroe County Public Library.

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