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Russiaville, Indiana
Along Main Street in Russiaville
Along Main Street in Russiaville
Location of Russiaville in Howard County, Indiana.
Location of Russiaville in Howard County, Indiana.
Country United States
State Indiana
County Howard
Township Honey Creek
Named for Jean Baptiste Richardville
 • Total 0.90 sq mi (2.32 km2)
 • Land 0.90 sq mi (2.32 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
843 ft (257 m)
 • Total 1,319
 • Density 1,473.74/sq mi (569.32/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 765
FIPS code 18-66546
GNIS feature ID 0442420

Russiaville is a town in Honey Creek Township, Howard County, Indiana, United States. The population was 1,094 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Kokomo Metropolitan Statistical Area. Russiaville was incorporated sometime between the 1860 and 1870 US Census.


The town was named for Jean Baptiste de Richardville (whose father's surname was Richerville), a Miami chief of French-Miami descent who had relations with the United States government in treaty making in the early nineteenth century. Through the French pronunciation of "Ri-shar-ville," the name was gradually corrupted and changed to the current spelling; it has been pronounced "Roo-sha-ville" through much of its history.

The apparent association with Russia led to the town high school's naming its athletic teams the “Cossacks” until 1949, when county consolidation changed Russiaville High School to Western High School. Some theorize an alternate history, that during the Cold War, residents consciously changed the pronunciation of Russiaville's name in order to disassociate their town from Russia, the leading state of the Soviet Union, however, the pronunciation, Roo-sha-ville precedes the cold war by many, many years. A map from the 1840s to the 1850s in the Quaker Collection of Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, clearly shows a county named Richardville, and a town Richardville, at the site of present-day Russiaville. Some local history has suggested "Rouchardville" as the earlier spelling, but Richardville is correct.


Russiaville was laid out in 1845.

Russiaville became a Quaker settlement in the years before the Civil War. They created a stop on the Underground Railroad for fugitive slaves in the antebellum years in nearby New London, then the site of the Friends Meeting serving the entire area. A local legend tells that the stop included a tunnel under New London from a safe house to a cave in the hollow of Honey Creek, near the location of the Friends Meetinghouse.

Russiaville is the birthplace of Jonathan Dixon Maxwell (Sept. 3, 1864), builder of the Maxwell automobile. He is buried there.

Almost all of the town was destroyed on April 11, 1965, by an F4 tornado, which was part of the Palm Sunday Tornado Outbreak. With rebuilding, the town had a population of 1,094 at the 2010 census. 50 years later, the town has been growing and is greatly prospering.

In 1985, Ryan White was an American teenager going to the Western School District's Middle School, who became a national poster child for HIV/AIDS in the United States after being denied re-admittance to school following an AIDS diagnosis. The school district faced pressure from many parents and faculty to ban student Ryan White from the campus after his diagnosis of HIV became widely known. The case, and local families' treatment of the White family, became a focal point in the public debate around funding for HIV treatment and public perception, eventually leading to the Ryan White CARE Act. The act provides funding to improve availability of care for low-income, uninsured and under-insured victims of AIDS and their families.


Russiaville is located at 40°25′8″N 86°16′19″W / 40.41889°N 86.27194°W / 40.41889; -86.27194 (40.418852, -86.272010).

According to the 2010 census, Russiaville has a total area of 0.81 square miles (2.10 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 160
1880 419 161.9%
1890 603 43.9%
1970 844
1980 973 15.3%
1990 1,014 4.2%
2000 1,092 7.7%
2010 1,094 0.2%
2020 1,319 20.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,094 people, 434 households, and 307 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,350.6 inhabitants per square mile (521.5/km2). There were 486 housing units at an average density of 600.0 per square mile (231.7/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.6% White, 0.2% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.3% of the population.

There were 434 households, of which 39.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.1% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.3% were non-families. 27.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.06.

The median age in the town was 37.1 years. 27.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.8% were from 25 to 44; 25.1% were from 45 to 64; and 12.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 49.1% male and 50.9% female.



  • Summer Fest (previously [and still by some others] called Western Days): Friday, Saturday and Sunday immediately following Memorial Day.


School districts

  • Western School Corporation[1] (K-12)

Western High School competes in the Mid-Indiana Conference (MIC) for athletics.

Public library

Russiaville has a public library, a branch of the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library.

See also

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