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Jamestown, Indiana
Businesses in downtown Jamestown
Businesses in downtown Jamestown
Location of Jamestown in Boone County and Hendricks County, Indiana.
Location of Jamestown in Boone County and Hendricks County, Indiana.
Country United States
State Indiana
Counties Boone, Hendricks
Township Jackson, Eel River
Established 1830
 • Total 0.90 sq mi (2.32 km2)
 • Land 0.90 sq mi (2.32 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
951 ft (290 m)
 • Total 942
 • Density 1,052.51/sq mi (406.22/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 765
FIPS code 18-37692
GNIS feature ID 0436931
Welcome to Jamestown
Welcome to Jamestown

Jamestown is a town in Jackson Township, Boone County and Eel River Township, Hendricks County, Indiana, United States. The population was 958 at the 2010 census.


It was named for its founder, James Mattock.


Jamestown is located at 39°55′34″N 86°37′39″W / 39.92611°N 86.62750°W / 39.92611; -86.62750 (39.926244, -86.627460).

According to the 2010 census, Jamestown has a total area of 0.88 square miles (2.28 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 603
1880 696 15.4%
1890 616 −11.5%
1900 640 3.9%
1910 690 7.8%
1920 628 −9.0%
1930 552 −12.1%
1940 583 5.6%
1950 718 23.2%
1960 827 15.2%
1970 938 13.4%
1980 924 −1.5%
1990 764 −17.3%
2000 886 16.0%
2010 958 8.1%
2020 942 −1.7%
US Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 958 people, 394 households, and 261 families in the town. The population density was 1,088.6 inhabitants per square mile (420.3/km2). There were 418 housing units at an average density of 475.0 per square mile (183.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.9% White, 0.5% Asian, and 0.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.7% of the population.

There were 394 households, of which 34.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.2% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.8% were non-families. 28.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.4% 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 2.95.

The median age in the town was 36.5 years. 26.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.7% were from 25 to 44; 26.6% were from 45 to 64; and 11.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 46.8% male and 53.2% female.

April 20, 2004 Tornado

At 2266 UTC on April 20, 2004, Jamestown took a direct hit by a strong EF1 tornado, injuring eight people in the area. The path of the tornado was two miles long. The tornado was part of the April 20, 2004 Tornado Outbreak. The storm approached from the southwest of town, entering Jamestown at the Boone/Hendricks County line. The tornado touched down just south of the Boone county line and traveled in a northeasterly path into Boone County and Jamestown proper. The tornado struck several homes in a line that crossed Main Street/US 136 and then roughly paralleled Darlington Street until exiting the town limits at the north end and entering I-74, where several semi tractor-trailers were flipped over.


The town has a lending library, the Tri-Area Library.

The town is served by both the Western Boone Community School Corporation and the Northwest Hendricks School Corporation (Tri-West).

Notable people

  • Herman B Wells, 11th President of Indiana University
  • Davey Hamilton, American racecar driver who competed in the Indianapolis 500

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