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Roachdale, Indiana
Location of Roachdale in Putnam County, Indiana.
Location of Roachdale in Putnam County, Indiana.
Country United States
State Indiana
County Putnam
Township Franklin, Jackson
 • Total 0.51 sq mi (1.31 km2)
 • Land 0.51 sq mi (1.31 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
843 ft (257 m)
 • Total 840
 • Density 1,656.80/sq mi (640.07/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 765
FIPS code 18-64980
GNIS feature ID 442122

Roachdale is a town in Franklin and Jackson townships, Putnam County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 926 at the 2010 census.


Roachdale was platted in 1879, and named for Judge Roach, a railroad official. A post office has been in operation at Roachdale since 1880. Roachdale was incorporated in 1882 when the railroad was extended to that point.


Roachdale is located at 39°51′1″N 86°48′1″W / 39.85028°N 86.80028°W / 39.85028; -86.80028 (39.850405, -86.800392).

According to the 2010 census, Roachdale has a total area of 0.51 square miles (1.32 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 86
1890 428 397.7%
1900 942 120.1%
1910 849 −9.9%
1920 876 3.2%
1930 631 −28.0%
1940 736 16.6%
1950 918 24.7%
1960 927 1.0%
1970 1,004 8.3%
1980 958 −4.6%
1990 902 −5.8%
2000 975 8.1%
2010 926 −5.0%
2020 840 −9.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 926 people, 356 households, and 240 families living in the town. The population density was 1,815.7 inhabitants per square mile (701.0/km2). There were 401 housing units at an average density of 786.3 per square mile (303.6/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 99.2% White and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.4% of the population.

There were 356 households, of which 40.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.6% were married couples living together, 14.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.6% were non-families. 26.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.16.

The median age in the town was 35.6 years. 29.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.3% were from 25 to 44; 25.9% were from 45 to 64; and 13.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 49.7% male and 50.3% female.

Fourth of July carnival

An annual tradition of roach races began in the town in 1981, as "a gimmick for the Fourth of July carnival". To insure large sizes the roaches are imported from South Carolina labs. Contestants put their insects in a plastic container that is placed on an oval track on a four by eight plywood board. The container is lifted at the start of the race and whichever roach reaches the perimeter of the board first is declared the winner of each heat. The popularity of the race resulted in its appearing on the television programs regionally on Across Indiana and nationally on Good Morning America. In addition to being covered by The Indianapolis Star newspaper, the race was written up in Ripley's Believe It or Not!. Many contestants dress their roaches by gluing paper top hats, saddles, or other apperal to their backs. At the end of racing the roaches are collected, sprayed with insecticide, and disposed of.


The town has a lending library, the Roachdale-Franklin Township Public Library.

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