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Gas City
City of Gas City
Aerial view of Gas City facing southwest
Aerial view of Gas City facing southwest
Location of Gas City in Grant County, Indiana.
Location of Gas City in Grant County, Indiana.
Country United States
State Indiana
County Grant
Area
 • Total 5.03 sq mi (13.02 km2)
 • Land 5.03 sq mi (13.02 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
856 ft (261 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 6,157
 • Density 1,224.79/sq mi (472.88/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
46933
Area code(s) 765
FIPS code 18-27054
GNIS feature ID 0434985
Website http://www.gascityindiana.com/

Gas City is a city in Grant County, Indiana, along the Mississinewa River. The population was 5,965 at the 2010 census.

History

It was first known as Harrisburg when settled on May 25, 1867 by Noah Harris. It became something of a boom town when natural gas was found in the area in 1887. The Gas City Land Company was founded on March 21, 1892 and the town of about 150 people changed its name to Gas City a few days later. However, as of 2012 much of the gas is depleted. (See Indiana Gas Boom.)

The Gas City High School, Thompson-Ray House, and West Ward School are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography

Gas City is located at 40°29′17″N 85°36′20″W / 40.48806°N 85.60556°W / 40.48806; -85.60556 (40.488190, -85.605649).

According to the 2010 census, Gas City has a total area of 4.56 square miles (11.81 km2), all land.

Demographics

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Gas City downtown.
Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 145
1890 145 0.0%
1900 3,622 2,397.9%
1910 3,224 −11.0%
1920 2,870 −11.0%
1930 3,087 7.6%
1940 3,488 13.0%
1950 3,787 8.6%
1960 4,469 18.0%
1970 5,742 28.5%
1980 6,370 10.9%
1990 6,296 −1.2%
2000 5,940 −5.7%
2010 5,965 0.4%
2020 6,157 3.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 5,965 people, 2,410 households, and 1,632 families living in the city. The population density was 1,308.1 inhabitants per square mile (505.1/km2). There were 2,597 housing units at an average density of 569.5 per square mile (219.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.2% White, 0.9% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.4% of the population.

There were 2,410 households, of which 34.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.2% were married couples living together, 15.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.3% were non-families. 27.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.92.

The median age in the city was 39.4 years. 24.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.6% were from 25 to 44; 27.1% were from 45 to 64; and 15.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.2% male and 51.8% female.

Transport

Gas City is served by several state and federal routes:

  • I-69.svg Interstate 69 (exit 259)
  • US 35.svg U.S. Route 35
  • Indiana 22.svg State Road 22

Education

Gas City is home to the Mississinewa School Corporation, which features Mississinewa High School, R.J. Baskett Middle School, and Northview Elementary school all in the city. The town has a lending library, the Gas City-Mill Township Public Library.

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