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Palmyra, Indiana
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Location of Palmyra in Harrison County, Indiana.
Location of Palmyra in Harrison County, Indiana.
Country United States
State Indiana
County Harrison
Township Morgan
Area
 • Total 1.24 sq mi (3.21 km2)
 • Land 1.20 sq mi (3.10 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.11 km2)
Elevation
773.34 ft (235 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 898
 • Density 750.84/sq mi (290.00/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
47164
Area code(s) 812
FIPS code 18-57726
GNIS feature ID 0440849

Palmyra is a town in Morgan Township, Harrison County, Indiana, United States. The population was 930 at the 2010 census.

History

Palmyra was originally called Carthage, and under the latter name was laid out in 1836. Because there was already another Carthage in Indiana, the town was renamed Palmyra in 1839 to avoid repetition. The present name most likely is a transfer from the ancient city of Palmyra.

A Confederate force led by Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan camped in Palmyra on the night of July 9, 1863 after the Battle of Corydon. The army took ransoms from the businesses and commandeered all the town's horses for the Confederate cavalry. The army left the town on the morning of July 10, riding north towards Salem. The town had two previous names: McClellan's Crossroad and Carthage.

Geography

Palmyra is located at 38°24′27″N 86°6′38″W / 38.40750°N 86.11056°W / 38.40750; -86.11056 (38.407458, -86.110636).

According to the 2010 census, Palmyra has a total area of 1.28 square miles (3.32 km2), of which 1.24 square miles (3.21 km2) (or 96.88%) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (or 3.13%) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 252
1920 227 −9.9%
1930 288 26.9%
1940 274 −4.9%
1950 327 19.3%
1960 470 43.7%
1970 483 2.8%
1980 692 43.3%
1990 621 −10.3%
2000 633 1.9%
2010 930 46.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 930 people, 388 households, and 261 families residing in the town. The population density was 750.0 inhabitants per square mile (289.6/km2). There were 423 housing units at an average density of 341.1 per square mile (131.7/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.1% White, 0.1% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.6% Asian, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.0% of the population.

There were 388 households, of which 35.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.7% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.7% were non-families. 28.1% 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 2.40 and the average family size was 2.90.

The median age in the town was 37.4 years. 24.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.2% were from 25 to 44; 24.7% were from 45 to 64; and 14.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 48.0% male and 52.0% female.

Education

Palmyra has a public library, a branch of the Harrison County Public Library. The public school district serving the area is the North Harrison Community Schools Corporation. Residents feed into Morgan Elementary school, North Harrison Middle School, and North Harrison High School. Morgan Elementary is located just south of the town and houses grades Kindergarten through 5th grades; North Harrison Middle and High are located in nearby Ramsey.

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