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Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Walnut Street in Downtown Lawrenceburg
Walnut Street in Downtown Lawrenceburg
Location of Lawrenceburg in Dearborn County, Indiana.
Location of Lawrenceburg in Dearborn County, Indiana.
Country United States
State Indiana
County Dearborn
Area
 • Total 5.55 sq mi (14.37 km2)
 • Land 5.29 sq mi (13.69 km2)
 • Water 0.26 sq mi (0.68 km2)  5.18%
Elevation
479 ft (146 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 5,129
 • Density 970.30/sq mi (374.67/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
47025
Area code(s) 812
FIPS code 18-42462
GNIS feature ID 0437674
Website lawrenceburg-in.com

Lawrenceburg is a city in Dearborn County, Indiana, United States. The population was 5,042 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat and largest city of Dearborn County. Lawrenceburg is in southeast Indiana, on the Ohio River west of Cincinnati.

History

Founded in 1802, Lawrenceburg was named for the maiden name of founder Samuel C. Vance's wife.

In the 19th century Lawrenceburg became an important trading center for riverboats on the Ohio River.

The Dearborn County Courthouse, Downtown Lawrenceburg Historic District, Hamline Chapel United Methodist Church, Daniel S. Major House, and Vance-Tousey House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography

Lawrenceburg is located at 39°5′46″N 84°51′28″W / 39.09611°N 84.85778°W / 39.09611; -84.85778 (39.096015, -84.857783).

According to the 2010 census, Lawrenceburg has a total area of 5.21 square miles (13.49 km2), of which 4.94 square miles (12.79 km2) (or 94.82%) is land and 0.27 square miles (0.70 km2) (or 5.18%) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 2,651
1870 3,159
1880 4,668 47.8%
1890 4,284 −8.2%
1900 4,326 1.0%
1910 3,930 −9.2%
1920 3,466 −11.8%
1930 4,072 17.5%
1940 4,413 8.4%
1950 4,806 8.9%
1960 5,004 4.1%
1970 4,636 −7.4%
1980 4,403 −5.0%
1990 4,375 −0.6%
2000 4,685 7.1%
2010 5,042 7.6%
2020 5,129 1.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 5,042 people, 2,057 households, and 1,142 families living in the city. The population density was 1,020.6 inhabitants per square mile (394.1/km2). There were 2,313 housing units at an average density of 468.2 per square mile (180.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.5% White, 3.0% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.2% of the population.

There were 2,057 households, of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.4% were married couples living together, 17.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 44.5% were non-families. 39.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.96.

The median age in the city was 35.5 years. 24.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.6% were from 25 to 44; 24.1% were from 45 to 64; and 14.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.0% male and 51.0% female.

Economy

Industry

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Tanner's Creek Generating Station and the city of Lawrenceburg

Lawrenceburg is home to the Tanner's Creek Generating Station, now AEP (Tanner's Creek Generating Station has been decommissioned).

Lawrenceburg has had a long history with whiskey production, earning the city the nickname Whiskey City, U.S.A. MGP Indiana, formerly Seagram's, operates within Lawrenceburg, and distills various alcoholic spirits.

Another industry located within Lawrenceburg is Anchor Glass Container (formerly Thatcher Glass).

Lawrenceburg is also home to Perfect North Slopes, a ski area located off Route 1. It boasts hills for skiing, snowboarding, and snowing tubing. It has been family owned and operated by the Perfect Family for many years and is open throughout the winter months (weather permitting).

Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg (formerly Argosy Casino) is found in Lawrenceburg, and is the closest Indiana riverboat casino to downtown Cincinnati.

Education

The Lawrenceburg School District consists of the Lawrenceburg Primary School, Central Elementary, Greendale Middle School, Lawrenceburg Highschool and St. Lawrence Catholic School.

The city has a free lending library, the Lawrenceburg Public Library District. Lawrenceburg residents may also obtain a library card at the Aurora Public Library in Aurora.

Notable people

Lawrenceburg Public Library 2017
Lawrenceburg Public Library
  • Henry Ward Beecher, minister and abolitionist, had his first church here in the 1830s.
  • Henry G. Blasdel, first Governor of Nevada; born near Lawrenceburg.
  • George P. Buell, Union general during the Civil War.
  • Winfield T. Durbin, 25th Governor of Indiana; born in Lawrenceburg.
  • James B. Eads, engineer and inventor; born in Lawrenceburg.
  • James H. Lane, Union general during the Civil War and U.S. Senator from Kansas; born in Lawrenceburg.
  • Gunnar Garfors, exchange student, record-breaking traveler.
  • Nick Goepper, freestyle skier for Olympic Team USA, bronze medalist in the first-time slopestyle event, Sochi, 2014, contributing to the third-ever American sweep of the podium in a winter Olympics. Goepper went on to win the silver medal for USA in the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang and 2022 Olympics in Beijing.
  • Billy McCool, MLB All-Star pitcher, was raised in Lawrenceburg.
  • Albert G. Porter, 19th Governor of Indiana from 1881 to 1885.
  • John Coit Spooner, Wisconsin politician and lawyer, was born in Lawrenceburg.
  • Alfred Wilson, lumber baron and second husband of Matilda Dodge Wilson, widow of automobile pioneer John Dodge. Together Alfred and Matilda built the Meadowbrook Mansion which today is a national landmark.
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