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Rising Sun, Indiana
Main Street in Downtown Rising Sun
Main Street in Downtown Rising Sun
Location of Rising Sun in Ohio County, Indiana.
Location of Rising Sun in Ohio County, Indiana.
Coordinates: 38°57′0″N 84°51′24″W / 38.95000°N 84.85667°W / 38.95000; -84.85667Coordinates: 38°57′0″N 84°51′24″W / 38.95000°N 84.85667°W / 38.95000; -84.85667
Country United States
State Indiana
County Ohio
Township Randolph
Area
 • Total 1.63 sq mi (4.22 km2)
 • Land 1.50 sq mi (3.89 km2)
 • Water 0.13 sq mi (0.33 km2)  7.64%
Elevation
502 ft (153 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 2,304
 • Estimate 
(2019)
2,139
 • Density 1,424.10/sq mi (549.79/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
47040
Area code(s) 812
FIPS code 18-64674
GNIS feature ID 449718

Rising Sun is a city in Randolph Township, Ohio County, Indiana, United States, along the Ohio River. The population was 2,304 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of and the only incorporated community in Ohio County.

History

The town was registered in 1816 by John James, originally of Frederick County, Maryland. At the time, it had a population of about 700. Many German immigrants settled in Rising Sun. The Rising Sun post office has been in operation since 1844.

In the 1830s, Rising Sun was a seasonal stop for hundreds of flatboats daily heading down the Ohio River.

The Clore Plow Works-J.W. Whitlock and Company and Rising Sun Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography

Rising Sun is located at 38°57′0″N 84°51′24″W / 38.95000°N 84.85667°W / 38.95000; -84.85667 (38.949867, -84.856782).

According to the 2010 census, Rising Sun has a total area of 1.569 square miles (4.06 km2), of which 1.45 square miles (3.76 km2) (or 92.42%) is land and 0.119 square miles (0.31 km2) (or 7.58%) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 1,674
1860 1,733 3.5%
1870 1,760 1.6%
1880 1,806 2.6%
1890 1,689 −6.5%
1900 1,548 −8.3%
1910 1,513 −2.3%
1920 1,411 −6.7%
1930 1,379 −2.3%
1940 1,545 12.0%
1950 1,930 24.9%
1960 2,230 15.5%
1970 2,305 3.4%
1980 2,478 7.5%
1990 2,311 −6.7%
2000 2,470 6.9%
2010 2,304 −6.7%
2019 (est.) 2,139 −7.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,304 people, 1,004 households, and 591 families living in the city. The population density was 1,589.0 inhabitants per square mile (613.5/km2). There were 1,124 housing units at an average density of 775.2 per square mile (299.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.8% White, 0.7% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.8% of the population.

There were 1,004 households, of which 26.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.2% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.1% were non-families. 36.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.90.

The median age in the city was 43.9 years. 19.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.1% were from 25 to 44; 29.1% were from 45 to 64; and 19.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.7% male and 52.3% female.

Education

The town has a lending library, the Ohio County Public Library.

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