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Rockville, Indiana
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Nickname(s): 
Covered Bridge Capital of the World
Location of Rockville in Parke County, Indiana.
Location of Rockville in Parke County, Indiana.
Rockville, Indiana is located in Parke County, Indiana
Rockville, Indiana
Rockville, Indiana
Location in Parke County, Indiana
Country  United States
State  Indiana
County Parke
Township Adams
Founded 1824
Incorporated 1854
Area
 • Total 1.49 sq mi (3.87 km2)
 • Land 1.49 sq mi (3.87 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)  0%
Elevation
712 ft (217 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 2,510
 • Density 1,682.31/sq mi (649.35/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
47872
Area code(s) 765
FIPS code 18-65520
GNIS feature ID 442226
Website http://rockvilleindiana.org

Rockville is a town in Adams Township, Parke County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 2,607 at the 2010 census. The town is the county seat of Parke County. It is known as "The Covered Bridge Capital of the World".

History

Rockville was laid out in 1824, three years after the county was founded, and became the county seat. In 1825, its population was between 500 and 600. The residents voted to incorporate the town in July 1854.

The Rockville Chautauqua Pavilion and Rockville Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography

Map of Rockville, Indiana
Map of Rockville

Rockville is located at the intersection of U.S. Route 36 and U.S. Route 41, about 30 miles (48 km) southwest of Crawfordsville.

According to the 2010 census, Rockville has a total area of 1.49 square miles (3.86 km2), all land.

Climate

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Rockville has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 726
1860 728 0.3%
1870 1,187 63.0%
1880 1,684 41.9%
1890 1,689 0.3%
1900 2,045 21.1%
1910 1,943 −5.0%
1920 1,908 −1.8%
1930 1,832 −4.0%
1940 2,208 20.5%
1950 2,467 11.7%
1960 2,756 11.7%
1970 2,820 2.3%
1980 2,785 −1.2%
1990 2,706 −2.8%
2000 2,765 2.2%
2010 2,607 −5.7%
2020 2,510 −3.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,607 people, 1,212 households, and 679 families living in the town. The population density was 1,749.7 inhabitants per square mile (675.6/km2). There were 1,394 housing units at an average density of 935.6 per square mile (361.2/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.7% White, 0.1% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 0.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.7% of the population.

There were 1,212 households, of which 24.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.9% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 44.0% were non-families. 39.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 20.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.82.

The median age in the town was 44.8 years. 20.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.2% were from 25 to 44; 27.4% were from 45 to 64; and 22.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 46.8% male and 53.2% female.

Attractions

  • Covered bridges - Parke County Covered Bridge Festival

Education

The town has a lending library, the Rockville Public Library.

Notable natives and former residents

  • Mark L. De Motte - A Representative in the Forty-seventh US Congress.
  • Morris K. Jessup - UFO conspiracy theorist.
  • Don Lash - Champion long-distance runner, settled in Rockville after retiring from a career in the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  • Joseph A. Wright - Former Governor of Indiana
  • J. Howard Moore - Zoologist, philosopher, educator and socialist
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