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Rome City, Indiana
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Location of Rome City in Noble County, Indiana.
Location of Rome City in Noble County, Indiana.
Country United States
State Indiana
County Noble
Township Orange
 • Total 2.47 sq mi (6.40 km2)
 • Land 1.47 sq mi (3.81 km2)
 • Water 1.00 sq mi (2.59 km2)
935 ft (285 m)
 • Total 1,322
 • Density 898.71/sq mi (346.90/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 260
FIPS code 18-65808
GNIS feature ID 442268

Rome City is a town in Orange Township, Noble County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 1,361 at the 2010 census.


Rome City was laid out in 1839.


Rome City is located at 41°29′27″N 85°21′51″W / 41.49083°N 85.36417°W / 41.49083; -85.36417 (41.490945, -85.364294).

According to the 2010 census, Rome City has a total area of 2.151 square miles (5.57 km2), of which 1.16 square miles (3.00 km2) (or 53.93%) is land and 0.991 square miles (2.57 km2) (or 46.07%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 351
1880 440 25.4%
1970 1,354
1980 1,319 −2.6%
1990 1,138 −13.7%
2000 1,615 41.9%
2010 1,361 −15.7%
2020 1,322 −2.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,361 people, 563 households, and 393 families living in the town. The population density was 1,173.3 inhabitants per square mile (453.0/km2). There were 842 housing units at an average density of 725.9 per square mile (280.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.8% White, 0.4% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 0.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1% of the population.

There were 563 households, of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.2% were non-families. 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.87.

The median age in the town was 44.4 years. 22.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.4% were from 25 to 44; 32.1% were from 45 to 64; and 16.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 49.6% male and 50.4% female.


Rome City residents may obtain a free library card from the Kendallville Public Library in Kendallville.

Notable people

  • Ford Frick, commissioner of Major League Baseball from 1951 to 1965, went to high school in Rome City.
  • Gene Stratton Porter (August 17, 1863 – December 6, 1924), author, nature photographer, naturalist, and silent movie-era producer, lived at her lakeside estate, the Cabin at Wildflower Woods, near Rome City from 1913 until 1919. Scenes from the 1927 movie based on her novel, The Harvester, were filmed at Wildflower Woods. The property has been designated as the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site, operated by the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, and open to the public.
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