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Rocky Ripple, Indiana
Rocky Ripple Town Hall.jpg
"You can't get there from here"
Location of Rocky Ripple in Marion County, Indiana.
Location of Rocky Ripple in Marion County, Indiana.
Country United States
State Indiana
County Marion
Township Washington
 • Total 0.30 sq mi (0.78 km2)
 • Land 0.30 sq mi (0.78 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
705 ft (215 m)
 • Total 655
 • Density 2,161.72/sq mi (834.94/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code 18-65556
GNIS feature ID 0442234
Welcome to Rocky Ripple sign
Sign welcoming people to Rocky Ripple, Indiana
Indiana Central Canal in Rocky Ripple
Indiana Central Canal facing south from the 53rd street bridge in Rocky Ripple, IN.

Rocky Ripple is a town in Marion County, Indiana. The population was 606 at the 2010 census. It was founded in 1928; and the town was incorporated as an "included town" as part of Unigov in 1970. It is part of Indianapolis, but retains a separate functioning town government under IC 36-3-1-11. Although not far from the city center, Rocky Ripple is a somewhat isolated area, located between the Central Canal and the White River; only two traffic-supporting bridges over the canal provide access to the town.


Rocky Ripple is located at 39°50′50″N 86°10′23″W / 39.84722°N 86.17306°W / 39.84722; -86.17306 (39.847091, -86.173137).

According to the 2010 census, Rocky Ripple has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 133
1940 315 136.8%
1950 528 67.6%
1960 967 83.1%
1970 1,192 23.3%
1980 778 −34.7%
1990 751 −3.5%
2000 712 −5.2%
2010 606 −14.9%
2020 655 8.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 606 people, 291 households, and 158 families living in the town. The population density was 2,020.0 inhabitants per square mile (779.9/km2). There were 315 housing units at an average density of 1,050.0 per square mile (405.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 89.1% White, 6.1% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 1.0% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.5% of the population.

There were 291 households, of which 23.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.1% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 45.7% were non-families. 36.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.08 and the average family size was 2.75.

The median age in the town was 40.3 years. 18.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 30.2% were from 25 to 44; 31.2% were from 45 to 64; and 13.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 49.3% male and 50.7% female.

Notable events and venues

The town has a park, Hohlt Park.

The town hosts the annual Rock Ripple Festival, a popular summer event that focuses on the arts and serves as the main fundraiser for the Rocky Ripple Community Association.

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