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Kempton, Indiana
Location of Kempton in Tipton County, Indiana.
Location of Kempton in Tipton County, Indiana.
Country United States
State Indiana
County Tipton
Township Jefferson
 • Total 0.16 sq mi (0.42 km2)
 • Land 0.16 sq mi (0.42 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
919 ft (280 m)
 • Total 288
 • Density 1,777.78/sq mi (688.01/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (EST)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 765
FIPS code 18-39366
GNIS feature ID 437234

Kempton is a town in Jefferson Township, Tipton County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 335 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Kokomo, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Kempton was founded in 1875, upon the completion of the Lake Erie and Western Railroad, in the same year. The land was originally owned by David Kemp, the namesake of the town. The first house in Kempton was built by Henry Hays. Hays also operated a grocery out of the building. That year, there was also a post office, an additional store, a blacksmith, and a mill. A Methodist Episcopal Church was built in 1902. As of 1914, the town had a population of about 700 people and had a bank, newspaper, and three churches. Tilemaking was the most lucrative industry, with the Kempton Tile Factory being located in the town. A canning factory and milling company were also located in Kempton.

The Kempton post office has been in operation since 1876.


Kempton is located in the western part of Jefferson Township at 40°17′15″N 86°13′48″W / 40.28750°N 86.23000°W / 40.28750; -86.23000 (40.287545, -86.230034).

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


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 206
1910 600
1920 498 −17.0%
1930 469 −5.8%
1940 403 −14.1%
1950 438 8.7%
1960 480 9.6%
1970 469 −2.3%
1980 410 −12.6%
1990 362 −11.7%
2000 380 5.0%
2010 335 −11.8%
2020 288 −14.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 335 people, 129 households, and 93 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,970.6 inhabitants per square mile (760.9/km2). There were 154 housing units at an average density of 905.9 per square mile (349.8/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.8% White, 0.3% Asian, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.

There were 129 households, of which 34.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.1% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 27.9% were non-families. 23.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.4% 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 2.99.

The median age in the town was 39.1 years. 23.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 30.3% were from 25 to 44; 23.4% were from 45 to 64; and 16.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 53.1% male and 46.9% female.

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