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Loogootee, Indiana
City
Looking down West Main Street from U.S. 231
Looking down West Main Street from U.S. 231
Location in the state of Indiana
Location in the state of Indiana
Country United States
State Indiana
County Martin
Township Perry
Area
 • Total 1.57 sq mi (4.07 km2)
 • Land 1.57 sq mi (4.07 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation 538 ft (164 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,751
 • Estimate (2012) 2,726
 • Density 1,752.2/sq mi (676.5/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 47553
Area code(s) 812
FIPS code 18-44910
GNIS feature ID 0438296

Loogootee is a city in Perry Township, Martin County, Indiana, United States. The population was 2,751 at the 2010 census.

Pronunciation and etymology

Hoosiers from the area pronounce the name of the town /ləˈɡt/. Several etymologies of the place name have been proposed. One would make it an Anglicization of the French name Le Gaultier. [1] Another would make it a compound word honoring Thomas Lowe, engineer of the first train through the town; and Thomas Nesbe Gootee (1797-1870), owner of the land where the town was built. [2] However, the latter origin does not explain the presence of an identically named unincorporated village in Lone Grove Township, Fayette County, Illinois. Since Loogootee, Illinois is due west of Loogootee, Indiana, there is a possibility that pioneers named their town in Illinois after the town they came from in Indiana.

History

Loogootee was established in 1853 when it was certain that a new railroad line would be extended to that point.

Climate and Geography

Geography

Loogootee is located at 38°40′35″N 86°54′53″W / 38.676518°N 86.914794°W / 38.676518; -86.914794.

According to the 2010 census, Loogootee has a total area of 1.574 square miles (4.08 km2), of which 1.57 square miles (4.07 km2) (or 99.75%) is land and 0.004 square miles (0.01 km2) (or 0.25%) is water.

The city is located in the 8th District of Indiana (map) and served by U.S. Representative Larry Bucshon.

Loogootee, Indiana
Photo from Small Town Indiana photo survey.

Climate

Loogootee has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa. Summers are hot and humid, winters are cool to cold. Average temperatures range from 19 degrees Fahrenheit to 68 °F (20 °C). On average, the warmest month is July. The highest recorded temperature was 104 °F (40 °C) in 1954. The average coolest month is January. The lowest recorded temperature was −23 °F (−31 °C) in 1994. The maximum average precipitation occurs in May.

Climate data for Loogootee, Indiana
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 72
(22.2)
77
(25)
83
(28.3)
90
(32.2)
98
(36.7)
102
(38.9)
104
(40)
100
(37.8)
103
(39.4)
92
(33.3)
83
(28.3)
77
(25)
104
(-17.8)
Average high °F (°C) 37
(2.8)
43
(6.1)
54
(12.2)
65
(18.3)
75
(23.9)
83
(28.3)
86
(30)
85
(29.4)
79
(26.1)
68
(20)
54
(12.2)
42
(5.6)
64.3
(17.92)
Average low °F (°C) 19
(-7.2)
22
(-5.6)
31
(-0.6)
40
(4.4)
50
(10)
59
(15)
64
(17.8)
62
(16.7)
54
(12.2)
42
(5.6)
34
(1.1)
24
(-4.4)
41.8
(5.42)
Record low °F (°C) −23
(-30.6)
−18
(-27.8)
−9
(-22.8)
14
(-10)
27
(-2.8)
37
(2.8)
46
(7.8)
42
(5.6)
32
(0)
16
(-8.9)
0
(-17.8)
−20
(-28.9)
-23
(-17.8)
Precipitation inches (mm) 3.16
(80.3)
2.92
(74.2)
4.27
(108.5)
4.49
(114)
5.60
(142.2)
4.24
(107.7)
4.74
(120.4)
3.78
(96)
3.36
(85.3)
3.13
(79.5)
4.47
(113.5)
3.53
(89.7)
47.69
(1,211.3)
Source: The Weather Channel.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 748
1880 885 18.3%
1890 988 11.6%
1900 1,382 39.9%
1910 2,154 55.9%
1920 2,385 10.7%
1930 2,203 −7.6%
1940 2,325 5.5%
1950 2,424 4.3%
1960 2,858 17.9%
1970 2,953 3.3%
1980 3,100 5.0%
1990 2,884 −7.0%
2000 2,741 −5.0%
2010 2,751 0.4%
Est. 2015 2,722 −1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,751 people, 1,206 households, and 709 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,752.2 inhabitants per square mile (676.5/km2). There were 1,324 housing units at an average density of 843.3 per square mile (325.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.3% White, 0.1% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 0.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.8% of the population.

There were 1,206 households of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.4% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.2% were non-families. 37.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.95.

The median age in the city was 40.4 years. 23.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.4% were from 25 to 44; 28.1% were from 45 to 64; and 17.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.7% male and 52.3% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,741 people, 1,226 households, and 712 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,750.5 people per square mile (674.1/km²). There were 1,337 housing units at an average density of 853.8 per square mile (328.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.05% White, 0.04% African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.04% from other races, and 0.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.40% of the population.

There were 1,226 households out of which 67.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 83.4% were married couples living together, 5.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 11.9% were non-families. 10.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.20 and the average family size was 4.04.

In the city, the population was spread out with 35.7% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 22.6% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 14.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,492, and the median income for a family was $37,625. Males had a median income of $30,660 versus $21,490 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,321. About 13.1% of families and 16.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.2% of those under age 18 and 10.7% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Loogootee is the only point of intersection of two major US highways, U.S. Route 231 and U.S. Route 50

US Highways

  • US 231.svg U.S. Route 231
  • US 50.svg U.S. Route 50
  • US 150.svg U.S. Route 150

Indiana State Roads (local references)

  • Indiana 550.svg State Road 550

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