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Kentland, Indiana
Town of Kentland
Downtown Kentland, Indiana
Downtown Kentland, Indiana
Location of Kentland in Newton County, Indiana.
Location of Kentland in Newton County, Indiana.
Country United States
State Indiana
County Newton
Township Jefferson
 • Total 1.35 sq mi (3.50 km2)
 • Land 1.35 sq mi (3.50 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
682 ft (208 m)
 • Total 1,641
 • Density 1,215.56/sq mi (469.41/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 219
FIPS code 18-39546
GNIS feature ID 437256

Kentland is a town in Jefferson Township, Newton County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 1,748 at the 2010 census.


The town was founded in 1860 as "Kent", though this name was soon lengthened to Kentland. The name honors Alexander J. Kent, who acquired the then marshy plat and prepared it for development. The town is the county seat of Newton County. Once primarily a cattle town, Kentland is now an agricultural community with a diversifying economy with the town motto "Where Agriculture and Industry Meet". The town is served by an original Carnegie library and is an important crossroads on U.S. Routes 41 and 24. Geologists believe that the area was the site of an ancient meteorite impact.

Kentland is the birthplace of famous turn-of-the-century humorist George Ade, author of such plays as The College Widow, Artie, and The Sultan of Sulu. Purdue University's Ross-Ade Stadium, home of the Boilermakers football team, is named for him and fellow Purdue benefactor David Ross. Disgraced Indiana governor Warren McCray, convicted of mail fraud and forced to resign in 1924, also hailed from Kentland.

The Newton County Courthouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.


Kentland is located at 40°46′11″N 87°26′46″W / 40.76972°N 87.44611°W / 40.76972; -87.44611 (40.769719, -87.446184).

According to the 2010 census, Kentland has a total area of 1.53 square miles (3.96 km2), all land.

The Kentland crater, a probable meteorite impact crater, is located between Kentland and Goodland.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 802
1880 982 22.4%
1890 918 −6.5%
1900 1,006 9.6%
1910 1,209 20.2%
1920 1,283 6.1%
1930 1,355 5.6%
1940 1,608 18.7%
1950 1,633 1.6%
1960 1,783 9.2%
1970 1,864 4.5%
1980 1,936 3.9%
1990 1,798 −7.1%
2000 1,822 1.3%
2010 1,748 −4.1%
2020 1,641 −6.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,748 people, 695 households, and 450 families living in the town. The population density was 1,142.5 inhabitants per square mile (441.1/km2). There were 782 housing units at an average density of 511.1 per square mile (197.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 94.2% White, 0.8% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 2.6% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.0% of the population.

There were 695 households, of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.9% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.3% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.02.

The median age in the town was 40.9 years. 24.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.4% were from 25 to 44; 30.3% were from 45 to 64; and 15.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 49.0% male and 51.0% female.


The town has a lending library, the Kentland-Jefferson Township Public Library.

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