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Swayzee, Indiana
Swayzee Town Hall
Swayzee Town Hall
Location of Swayzee in Grant County, Indiana.
Location of Swayzee in Grant County, Indiana.
Country United States
State Indiana
County Grant
Township Sims
 • Total 0.47 sq mi (1.21 km2)
 • Land 0.47 sq mi (1.21 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
860 ft (262 m)
 • Total 918
 • Density 1,957.36/sq mi (756.36/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 765
FIPS code 18-74510
GNIS feature ID 0444475

Swayzee is a town in Sims Township, Grant County, Indiana, United States. The population was 981 at the 2010 census.

On its welcome sign, Swayzee claims to be "the only Swayzee in the world." This motto is based on a story about a postcard sent by a serviceman overseas during World War II, which although being addressed only to "Swayzee", with no mention of Indiana or any other information, was still said to have been successfully delivered.

"The Only Swayzee in the World"


James Swayzee was the original owner of the town site.

Pipe Creek Sinkhole, uncovered in 1996 at the Pipe Creek Junior limestone quarry near Swayzee, has been the site of important paleontological discoveries dating from the Pliocene epoch.


Swayzee is located at 40°30′25″N 85°49′31″W / 40.50694°N 85.82528°W / 40.50694; -85.82528 (40.506875, -85.825252) approximately eight miles west of the city of Marion. State Road 13 passes north and south through town along Washington Street, and State Road 22/Route 35 runs east and west about two & half mile south of town.

According to the 2010 census, Swayzee has a total area of 0.47 square miles (1.22 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 1,162
1910 836 −28.1%
1920 650 −22.2%
1930 604 −7.1%
1940 661 9.4%
1950 690 4.4%
1960 863 25.1%
1970 1,073 24.3%
1980 1,127 5.0%
1990 1,059 −6.0%
2000 1,011 −4.5%
2010 981 −3.0%
2020 918 −6.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

Swayzee is home to churches of three Christian denominations: United Methodist, Nazarene, and United Church of Christ.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 981 people, 393 households, and 289 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,087.2 inhabitants per square mile (805.9/km2). There were 426 housing units at an average density of 906.4 per square mile (350.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.7% White, 0.3% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.3% of the population.

There were 393 households, of which 33.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.0% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 26.5% were non-families. 23.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.92.

The median age in the town was 40 years. 25.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.6% were from 25 to 44; 26.3% were from 45 to 64; and 16.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 48.6% male and 51.4% female.


Swayzee, Indiana is located on State Road 13 west of the city of Marion and north of US 35 / State Road 22 coming east from the city of Kokomo. Although most of the town is either houses or cornfields, there are many other features to this small, quiet town.

Although Swazyee is a small town, businesses continue to do well. Besides a gas station, funeral home, medical clinic and realtor, Swayzee is home to Harper Garden Implements, a John Deere Dealership and Farm Implement Store, and repair shop. Swayzee also has its own telephone company, internet service provider and a branch bank.

Swayzee is part of the Oak Hill United School District and home to the Swayzee Elementary School. It is home to churches of three different denominations of Christianity: United Methodist, Nazarene, and United Church of Christ.


Swayzee Elementary School, located along Washington Street, is administered by the Oak Hill United School Corporation.

Swayzee is the state record-holder for the most overtimes in a basketball game, with 9 overtimes during a March 15, 1964 game at the Marion Regional against Liberty Center. Swayzee won, 65-61. The record is noted on the town's welcome sign.

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

Notable person

  • Joni T. Johnson, painter
  • Dr. Aaron Wesley Dicus (1888-1978)- Born in Festus, Missouri, he moved to Swayzee as a child with his family and grew up here. He became a preacher, invented the automobile turn signal, wrote three books and Gospel songs. He taught physics at Tennessee Technical University. Dr. Dicus's most famous song was "Our God - He is Alive"; he also wrote 34 other songs in his lifetime.

See also

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