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Shirley, Indiana
Location of Shirley in Hancock County and Henry County, Indiana.
Location of Shirley in Hancock County and Henry County, Indiana.
Coordinates: 39°53′26″N 85°34′47″W / 39.89056°N 85.57972°W / 39.89056; -85.57972Coordinates: 39°53′26″N 85°34′47″W / 39.89056°N 85.57972°W / 39.89056; -85.57972
Country United States
State Indiana
Counties Hancock, Henry
Township Brown, Greensboro
Area
 • Total 0.35 sq mi (0.91 km2)
 • Land 0.35 sq mi (0.91 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,027 ft (313 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 830
 • Estimate 
(2019)
888
 • Density 2,522.73/sq mi (973.57/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
47384
Area code(s) 765
FIPS code 18-69516
GNIS feature ID 0443421
Website https://www.townofshirley.com/

Shirley is a town in Brown Township, Hancock County and Greensboro Township, Henry County, Indiana, United States. The population was 830 at the 2010 census.

History

Shirley had its start in the year 1890 when the Cincinnati, Wabash and Michigan Railway was extended to that point. It was named for Joseph A. Shirley, a railroad official.

The Shirley post office was originally established in Hancock County on May 28, 1891 with Benjamin F. Taylor as its first postmaster. The post office moved into Henry County on October 19, 1948, with John C. Cottrell as postmaster.

Shirley Town Hall is located slightly north of the post office. The Town Hall also serves as headquarters for the police department.

Jane Ross Reeves Octagon House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.

Geography

Shirley is located at 39°53′26″N 85°34′47″W / 39.89056°N 85.57972°W / 39.89056; -85.57972 (39.890516, -85.579823). While most of Shirley is in Hancock County, Main Street is the county line and the smaller portion of Shirley is in Henry County.

According to the 2010 census, Shirley has a total area of 0.34 square miles (0.88 km2), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 381
1910 1,519 298.7%
1920 1,079 −29.0%
1930 761 −29.5%
1940 952 25.1%
1950 1,087 14.2%
1960 1,038 −4.5%
1970 958 −7.7%
1980 919 −4.1%
1990 817 −11.1%
2000 806 −1.3%
2010 830 3.0%
2019 (est.) 888 7.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 830 people, 328 households, and 225 families living in the town. The population density was 2,441.2 inhabitants per square mile (942.6/km2). There were 365 housing units at an average density of 1,073.5 per square mile (414.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.7% White, 0.6% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 0.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.4% of the population.

There were 328 households, of which 40.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.3% were married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 8.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.4% were non-families. 27.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.04.

The median age in the town was 35 years. 28.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.6% were from 25 to 44; 25.3% were from 45 to 64; and 13.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 49.3% male and 50.7% female.

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