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Van Buren, Indiana
Town
Motto: "The Popcorn Capital Of The World"
Location of Van Buren in the state of Indiana
Location of Van Buren in the state of Indiana
Country United States
State Indiana
County Grant
Township Van Buren
Area
 • Total 0.58 sq mi (1.50 km2)
 • Land 0.58 sq mi (1.50 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 846 ft (258 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 864
 • Estimate (2012) 854
 • Density 1,489.7/sq mi (575.2/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 46991
Area code(s) 765
FIPS code 18-78470
GNIS feature ID 0445203
Website http://www.vanburenindiana.com/

Van Buren is a town in Van Buren Township, Grant County, Indiana, United States. The population was 864 at the 2010 census.

History

Joseph Boxell platted Van Buren Township in 1837. Martin Van Buren was the United States president at the time. In 1843 George H. D. Rood settled here and the creek that runs through the town was called Roods Run. As the area grew and developed it was called many names including Roods Corner, Roods Town, Roods Crossroads and Stringtown. In 1888 C.W. platted the area and it was known as Van Buren. In June 1892 the town became incorporated by the state of Indiana.

Geography

Van Buren is located at 40°37′1″N 85°30′23″W / 40.61694°N 85.50639°W / 40.61694; -85.50639 (40.616856, -85.506393).

According to the 2010 census, Van Buren has a total area of 0.58 square miles (1.50 km2), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 124
1900 965
1910 1,189 23.2%
1920 861 −27.6%
1930 766 −11.0%
1940 825 7.7%
1950 815 −1.2%
1960 929 14.0%
1970 1,057 13.8%
1980 935 −11.5%
1990 934 −0.1%
2000 935 0.1%
2010 864 −7.6%
Est. 2015 834 −3.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 864 people, 357 households, and 241 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,489.7 inhabitants per square mile (575.2/km2). There were 401 housing units at an average density of 691.4 per square mile (267.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.0% White, 0.2% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.

There were 357 households of which 35.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.0% were married couples living together, 17.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.5% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.5% 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 2.96.

The median age in the town was 38.6 years. 26.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.3% were from 25 to 44; 26.8% were from 45 to 64; and 13.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 47.0% male and 53.0% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 935 people, 371 households, and 264 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,599.8 people per square mile (622.4/km²). There were 394 housing units at an average density of 674.1 per square mile (262.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.33% White, 0.11% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.86% from other races, and 1.28% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.39% of the population.

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Van Buren from the air, looking northeast.

There were 371 households out of which 34.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.2% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.8% were non-families. 25.3% 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 2.52 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the town, the population was spread out with 28.8% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 94.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $36,719, and the median income for a family was $43,182. Males had a median income of $36,250 versus $21,111 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,403. About 8.7% of families and 9.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.6% of those under age 18 and 9.0% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture

Annual cultural events

Van Buren bills itself as the "Popcorn Capitol of the World." The largest local employer is the Weaver Popcorn Company; accordingly, its most famous annual event is the Popcorn Festival, held each August.


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