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Huntington, Indiana
Aerial view of Huntington looking northeast.
Aerial view of Huntington looking northeast.
Nickname(s): 
"The Lime City"
Location of Huntington in Huntington County, Indiana
Location of Huntington in Huntington County, Indiana
Coordinates: 40°52′55″N 85°29′44″W / 40.88194°N 85.49556°W / 40.88194; -85.49556Coordinates: 40°52′55″N 85°29′44″W / 40.88194°N 85.49556°W / 40.88194; -85.49556
Country United States
State Indiana
County Huntington
Area
 • Total 9.15 sq mi (23.70 km2)
 • Land 9.01 sq mi (23.34 km2)
 • Water 0.14 sq mi (0.36 km2)
Elevation
748 ft (228 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 17,022
 • Density 1,901.69/sq mi (734.23/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
46750
Area code(s) 260
FIPS code 18-35302
GNIS feature ID 0436634
Website www.huntington.in.us/city

Huntington, known as the "Lime City", is the largest city in and the county seat of Huntington County, Indiana, United States. It is in Huntington and Union townships. The population was 17,022 at the 2020 census.

Geography

According to the 2010 census, Huntington has a total area of 8.844 square miles (22.91 km2), of which 8.71 square miles (22.56 km2) (or 98.48%) is land and 0.134 square miles (0.35 km2) (or 1.52%) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 594
1860 1,664 180.1%
1870 2,925 75.8%
1880 3,863 32.1%
1890 7,328 89.7%
1900 9,491 29.5%
1910 10,272 8.2%
1920 14,000 36.3%
1930 13,420 −4.1%
1940 13,903 3.6%
1950 15,079 8.5%
1960 16,185 7.3%
1970 16,217 0.2%
1980 16,202 −0.1%
1990 16,389 1.2%
2000 17,450 6.5%
2010 17,391 −0.3%
2020 17,022 −2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 17,391 people, 6,566 households, and 4,197 families living in the city. The population density was 1,996.7 inhabitants per square mile (770.9/km2). There were 7,487 housing units at an average density of 859.6 per square mile (331.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.4% White, 0.6% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.4% of the population.

There were 6,566 households, of which 34.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.2% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.1% were non-families. Of all households 30.4% were made up of individuals, and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.06.

The median age in the city was 33.4 years. 24.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 13.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.5% were from 25 to 44; 22.5% were from 45 to 64; and 13.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.7% male and 52.3% female.

History

Name

Huntington was named by Capt. Elias Murray, a member of the legislature. The name Huntington is derived from Samuel Huntington, a judge, politician, and patriot in the American Revolution. Samuel Huntington is also known for being the 3rd Governor of Connecticut and the 7th President of the Continental Congress. Being a delegate to the Second Continental Congress, Huntington took part in voting for and signing the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation.

Early settlement

The county of Huntington was formally organized on December 2, 1834. The city of Huntington was first established by a group of pioneers, most notably Capt. Elias Murray. By 1849, Huntington contained 150 houses and a population of 700.

Historical literature

A small number of books have been published about the history of Huntington County, the first being History of Huntington County, Indiana originally published by Brant & Fuller. Two other books about Huntington include History of Huntington County, IN by Frank Sumner Bash in 1914 (describing its historical progress, its people, and its principal interests) and Huntington County, IN: Histories and Families by Turner Publishing Company in 1993 as a result of the Huntington County Historical Society officers and board of directors meeting in the summer of 1992 to discuss the family history of Huntington, the glue that has held together the city and county of Huntington in the heartland of the Midwest for more than 175 years.

Wabash and Erie Canal

Huntington Indiana Wabash n Erie Canal Brick Bldg
Buildings that once sat along the Wabash and Erie Canal. Foreground was once a boat basin.

The Wabash and Erie Canal was constructed through Huntington County in 1834 and added major economic benefit to the area. In addition to the Wabash River cutting through Huntington (see Forks of the Wabash), this newly opened trade route accelerated the population and economic growth in Huntington.

Transportation

Huntington Municipal Airport, a small airport for general aviation, lies southeast of the city.

Several highways serve the city:

  • US 24
  • US 224
  • SR 5
  • SR 9

Points of interest

Huntington Indiana County Courthouse
Huntington County Courthouse

Economy

Catholic publisher Our Sunday Visitor is based in Huntington.

Notable people

Sports

  • E. J. Tackett, professional bowler
  • Gary Dilley, swimmer, Olympic silver medalist
  • Dusty Fahrnow, Indy Car driver
  • Lauren Johnson, professional runner
  • Harry Mehre, player for Notre Dame Fighting Irish football (1919–21) and coach of Georgia Bulldogs football (1928–37) and Ole Miss Rebels football (1938-45).

Politics

Other

  • Elizebeth (Smith) Friedman (1892–1980), author and pioneer in cryptology during WWI to WWII era, called "America's first female cryptanalyst"
  • Jennifer Lancaster, author
  • Mick Mars, guitarist of Mötley Crüe
  • John F. Noll, Archbishop, founder of Our Sunday Visitor, a Roman Catholic newspaper and publishing company. Former pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church
  • Carrie M. Shoaff (1849–1939), artist, author, potter, playwright, correspondent
  • Richard Leroy Walters, homeless philanthropist
  • Dan Butler, Actor

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