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Versailles, Indiana
Ripley County Courthouse in Versailles is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Ripley County Courthouse in Versailles is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Location of Versailles in Ripley County, Indiana.
Location of Versailles in Ripley County, Indiana.
Country United States
State Indiana
County Ripley
Township Johnson
Area
 • Total 1.57 sq mi (4.06 km2)
 • Land 1.57 sq mi (4.06 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
965 ft (294 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 2,184
 • Density 1,391.97/sq mi (537.44/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
47042
Area code(s) 812
FIPS code 18-78974
GNIS feature ID 445260
Website Town of Versailles

Versailles is a town in Johnson Township, Ripley County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 2,113 at the 2010 census. The town is the county seat of Ripley County.

History

It was decided in 1818 a county seat should be located at Versailles. The town of Versailles was laid out in 1819. A post office has been in operation at Versailles since 1823.

The Ripley County Courthouse, Fernando G. Taylor House, Tyson United Methodist Church, and Versailles School and Tyson Auditorium are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography

Versailles is located at 39°4′3″N 85°15′18″W / 39.06750°N 85.25500°W / 39.06750; -85.25500 (39.067624, -85.255026). According to the 2010 census, Versailles has a total area of 1.51 square miles (3.91 km2), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 412
1870 495
1880 455 −8.1%
1890 421 −7.5%
1900 501 19.0%
1910 486 −3.0%
1920 413 −15.0%
1930 523 26.6%
1940 582 11.3%
1950 886 52.2%
1960 1,158 30.7%
1970 1,080 −6.7%
1980 1,560 44.4%
1990 1,791 14.8%
2000 1,784 −0.4%
2010 2,113 18.4%
2020 2,184 3.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,113 people, 874 households, and 538 families living in the town. The population density was 1,399.3 inhabitants per square mile (540.3/km2). There were 999 housing units at an average density of 661.6 per square mile (255.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.2% White, 0.2% African American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.4% of the population.

There were 874 households, of which 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.6% were married couples living together, 14.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.4% were non-families. 33.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.95.

Fernando G. Taylor House, Versailles, IN (48467642797)
Fernando G. Taylor House in Versailles

The median age in the town was 37.9 years. 23.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.5% were from 25 to 44; 25.4% were from 45 to 64; and 15.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 47.5% male and 52.5% female.

Education

Most students in Versailles attend South Ripley Elementary School for grades K through 6 and South Ripley Junior/Senior High School for grades 7 through 12.

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

Notable people

  • Amos W. Jackson (1904-1972), judge and resident of Versailles
  • Rowland H. Jackson (1872-1957), politician and resident of Versailles
  • Harry Wheeler, 19th Century baseball
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