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Fairland, Indiana
Fairland from the air, looking northeast
Fairland from the air, looking northeast
Location of Fairland in Shelby County, Indiana.
Location of Fairland in Shelby County, Indiana.
Country United States
State Indiana
County Shelby
Township Brandywine
 • Total 1.16 sq mi (3.00 km2)
 • Land 1.14 sq mi (2.96 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.04 km2)
774 ft (236 m)
 • Total 542
 • Density 474.61/sq mi (183.24/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 317 Exchange: 835
FIPS code 18-22396
GNIS feature ID 434301

Fairland is a town in Brandywine Township, Shelby County, Indiana. The population was 315 at the 2010 census.


Fairland was platted in 1852. The town was named for the "beautiful land" near the original town site. A post office has been in operation at Fairland since 1854.

On September 9, 1969, Allegheny Airlines Flight 853 collided in mid-air with a smaller private aircraft northwest of Fairland, killing all 83 passengers and crew of both aircraft.


Fairland is located at 39°35′20″N 85°51′43″W / 39.58889°N 85.86194°W / 39.58889; -85.86194 (39.588962, -85.861885).

According to the 2010 census, Fairland has a total area of 0.16 square miles (0.41 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 367
1890 513 39.8%
2010 315
2020 542 72.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 315 people, 121 households, and 90 families living in the town. The population density was 1,968.8 inhabitants per square mile (760.2/km2). There were 132 housing units at an average density of 825.0 per square mile (318.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.1% White, 1.6% from other races, and 0.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.5% of the population.

There were 121 households, of which 37.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.4% were married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 9.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 25.6% were non-families. 23.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.03.

The median age in the town was 37.5 years. 27.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.5% were from 25 to 44; 29.2% were from 45 to 64; and 13% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 48.3% male and 51.7% female.

Arts and culture

Fairland hosts events including their annual Fairland Fish Fry Festival which includes games, food, music and fireworks for the community.


Fairland had its own high school at the turn of the 20th century. Fairland became an incorporated town, and by 1873, a new brick school was built to replace the two separate buildings formerly used. A new school was built in 1883, and when that one burned, another was built in 1928 and used until 1984. The Fairland athletic teams were the "Hornets" until they became part of the Northwestern Consolidated School District of Shelby County and became the "Triton Tigers."

Triton Elementary School, Triton Middle School, and Triton Central High School, which make up the Northwestern Consolidated School District, are located approximately two miles north of the town of Fairland. The school colors are kelly green and white, and the mascot is the tiger.

Notable people

  • Marjorie Main - Character actress and singer
  • Matt Mason - Country music singer
  • Ashe Russell - Professional baseball player
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