Pittsboro, Indiana facts for kids
|Town of Pittsboro, Indiana|
Looking west on Main Street
Location of Pittsboro in the state of Indiana
|Established||December 9, 1834|
|• Total||2.95 sq mi (7.64 km2)|
|• Land||2.95 sq mi (7.64 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||938 ft (286 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||3,064|
|• Density||992.5/sq mi (383.2/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0441210|
The town of Pittsboro was founded on December 9, 1834, by Simon T. Hadley and Wiliam L. Matlock. The town was named "Pittsborough" in honor of Hadley's home in North Carolina. The spelling was later changed to "Pittsboro".
On April 6, 1906 an election was held for incorporation of the town. The result of the election was 83 favorable and 38 opposed. After incorporation came many infrastructure improvements and new services. Sidewalks were laid, street lights installed, and water service begun.
In 2008 Pittsboro had a parade for olympic silver medalist, Bridget Sloan. It led down to the high school (in neighboring Lizton, Indiana) where she thanked her fans for supporting her. Hundreds of people had lined main street with signs and banners.
In 2009 Pittsboro celebrated its 175th birthday. The celebration was from June 26 through the 28. The celebration included a temporary museum of the town's history and signs on the buildings that say "On this site" and tells you the history of the building and what was here before. The celebration also included food, activities, music, a parade, and fireworks.
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According to the 2010 census, Pittsboro has a total area of 2.95 square miles (7.64 km2), all land.
As of the census of 2010, there were 2,928 people, 1,072 households, and 832 families residing in the town. The population density was 992.5 inhabitants per square mile (383.2/km2). There were 1,128 housing units at an average density of 382.4 per square mile (147.6/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.7% White, 0.4% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.
There were 1,072 households of which 44.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.8% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 22.4% were non-families. 18.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.13.
The median age in the town was 36.3 years. 30.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.9% were from 25 to 44; 23.4% were from 45 to 64; and 10.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 48.4% male and 51.6% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,588 people, 621 households, and 465 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,040.0 people per square mile (400.7/km²). There were 643 housing units at an average density of 421.1 per square mile (162.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.49% White, 0.06% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.25% from other races, and 1.01% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.88% of the population.
There were 621 households out of which 40.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.5% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.1% were non-families. 21.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 2.97.
In the town, the population was spread out with 28.7% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 34.3% from 25 to 44, 17.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 88.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.5 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $47,740, and the median income for a family was $56,417. Males had a median income of $41,935 versus $27,875 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,904. About 1.7% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.3% of those under age 18 and 5.0% of those age 65 or over.
The Pittsboro Police Department is established under the Indiana State town marshal system. The town council appoints a town marshal and deputy marshals serve under the marshal. The police department is responsible for investigating crimes, patrolling town streets, traffic control, public safety, and crime prevention. There are currently four full-time police officer positions and several reserve police officers. The police department utilizes six fully equipped and modern police cars. The police department has offices in the back of town hall.
The Pittsboro Fire Department serves the Town of Pittsboro and Middle Township. The department was combined into one agency in 1998 and levies a flat tax rate to both the town and township. The Middle Township Trustee sets the levy at the direction of a combined town and township fire board. The fire chief is the administrative head of the fire department and serves at the pleasure of the fire board.
The street department is responsible for all town streets, sidewalks, curbs, and street signs. Although budgeted as a separate department the street department does not have dedicated employees. Employees from other utilities crossover to handle street duties. The street department patches holes, plows snow, installs street signs, repairs sidewalks and curbs, and paints curbs.
The parks department is responsible for the towns three parks and plans several different festivals throughout the year. The parks department installs and maintains park equipment, mows grass, rents buildings, and keeps the parks tidy. The park superintendent is the administrative head of the parks and carries out many of the duties listed above. The park superintendent serves at the pleasure of the parks board.
Places of interest
- 1883 One Room School, 206 North Meridian St, Pittsboro, IN
- Dr. Malcolm O. Scamahorn Park, 52 East Main St, Pittsboro, IN
- Pittsboro Golf Club, 2227 East US Highway 136, Pittsboro, IN
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