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Trafalgar, Indiana
Indian Creek High School in Trafalgar
Indian Creek High School in Trafalgar
Location of Trafalgar in Johnson County, Indiana.
Location of Trafalgar in Johnson County, Indiana.
Country United States
State Indiana
County Johnson
Township Nineveh, Hensley
Area
 • Total 2.56 sq mi (6.63 km2)
 • Land 2.56 sq mi (6.63 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
827 ft (252 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 1,422
 • Density 555.47/sq mi (214.48/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
46181
Area code(s) 317
FIPS code 18-76310
GNIS feature ID 0444851

Trafalgar is a town in Nineveh and Hensley townships, Johnson County, Indiana, United States. The population was 1,101 at the 2010 census.

This town is 20 miles (32 km) south of Indianapolis.

It is the home of the transmitters for WTTV, WTTS, WFCI-FM and WHZN.

History

Col. Avery M. Buckner is credited for platting a town, in the early 1850s, along a short-lived flat bar railroad that ran between Franklin, and Martinsville. First named Liberty, the name was changed to Trafalgar. Soon Ezekiel W. Morgan came to town to open a store. Denied a site near the railroad, he bought land in a nearby village founded by George Bridges.

In 1868, the railroad was rebuilt as the Fairland and Martinsville branch of the Big Four. The post office (and town name) was moved to Morgan’s store. By 1870, the “old” and “new” Trafalgars had grown together and were briefly incorporated as one. The current town of Trafalgar was reincorporated in 1946. By the 90s, the town had grown 266%! The name of the town commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar.

Geography

Trafalgar is located at 39°24′51″N 86°9′12″W / 39.41417°N 86.15333°W / 39.41417; -86.15333 (39.414126, -86.153291).

According to the 2010 census, Trafalgar has a total area of 2.64 square miles (6.84 km2), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 462
1950 439
1960 459 4.6%
1970 457 −0.4%
1980 466 2.0%
1990 531 13.9%
2000 798 50.3%
2010 1,101 38.0%
2020 1,422 29.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the 2010 census, the town had 1,101 people that comprised 385 households and 292 families. The population density was 417.0 inhabitants per square mile (161.0/km2). There were 419 housing units at an average density of 158.7 per square mile (61.3/km2). The racial makup of the town was 96.3% White, 0.9% African American, 0.9% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.0% of the population.

Of the 385 households 46.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.3% were married couples living together, 14.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 24.2% were non-families. 20.0% of households were one person and 6.5% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.83 and the average family size was 3.24.

The median age in the town was 34.2 years. 30.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.8% were from 25 to 44; 23.5% were from 45 to 64; and 8.2% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the town was 49.3% male and 50.7% female.

Education

It is within the Nineveh-Hensley-Jackson United School Corporation. Trafalgar is home to Indian Creek Senior High School, one of seven high schools located in Johnson County. It is also home to Indian Creek Middle School and Indian Creek Elementary School.

Trafalgar has a public library, a branch of the Johnson County Public Library.

Notable people

  • Elmer S. Riggs, paleontologist
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