Rensselaer, Indiana

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City of Rensselaer, Indiana
City
Jasper County Courthouse
Location in the state of Indiana
Coordinates: 40°56′17″N 87°9′5″W / 40.93806°N 87.15139°W / 40.93806; -87.15139Coordinates: 40°56′17″N 87°9′5″W / 40.93806°N 87.15139°W / 40.93806; -87.15139
CountryUnited States
StateIndiana
CountyJasper
TownshipMarion
PlattedJune 12, 1839
IncorporatedDecember 8, 1858
Named forJames Van Rensselaer
Government
 • MayorStephen A Wood (D)
Area[1]
 • Total3.86 sq mi (10.00 km2)
 • Land3.80 sq mi (9.84 km2)
 • Water0.06 sq mi (0.16 km2)
Elevation659 ft (201 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total5,859
 • Estimate (2012[3])5,912
 • Density1,541.8/sq mi (595.3/km2)
Time zoneCST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code47978
Area code(s)219
FIPS code18-63792[4]
GNIS feature ID0441902[5]
Websitehttp://cityofrensselaerin.com
 
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City of Rensselaer, Indiana
City
Jasper County Courthouse
Location in the state of Indiana
Coordinates: 40°56′17″N 87°9′5″W / 40.93806°N 87.15139°W / 40.93806; -87.15139Coordinates: 40°56′17″N 87°9′5″W / 40.93806°N 87.15139°W / 40.93806; -87.15139
CountryUnited States
StateIndiana
CountyJasper
TownshipMarion
PlattedJune 12, 1839
IncorporatedDecember 8, 1858
Named forJames Van Rensselaer
Government
 • MayorStephen A Wood (D)
Area[1]
 • Total3.86 sq mi (10.00 km2)
 • Land3.80 sq mi (9.84 km2)
 • Water0.06 sq mi (0.16 km2)
Elevation659 ft (201 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total5,859
 • Estimate (2012[3])5,912
 • Density1,541.8/sq mi (595.3/km2)
Time zoneCST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code47978
Area code(s)219
FIPS code18-63792[4]
GNIS feature ID0441902[5]
Websitehttp://cityofrensselaerin.com

Rensselaer is a city located along the Iroquois River in Marion Township, Jasper County, Indiana, United States. The population was 5,859 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Jasper County[6]. Rensselaer is home to Saint Joseph's College of Indiana.

Geography[edit]

Rensselaer is located at 40°56′17″N 87°9′5″W / 40.93806°N 87.15139°W / 40.93806; -87.15139 (40.938051, -87.151341)[7]. U.S. Route 231 and Indiana State Road 114 intersect in the downtown area. The Iroquois River flows through the south part of the city.

According to the 2010 census, the city has a total area of 3.86 square miles (10.0 km2), of which 3.80 square miles (9.8 km2) (or 98.45%) is land and 0.06 square miles (0.16 km2) (or 1.55%) is water.[8]

History[edit]

St. Joseph's College (church)

This settlement, first platted on June 12, 1839, was originally named Newton and was established at the rapids of the Iroquois River. By 1844 it had been renamed to Rensselaer after James Van Rensselaer, a merchant from Utica, New York, who came to the area after his business failed in the Panic of 1837. He took over the land from Joseph D. Yeoman, who had established a farm some years earlier and had begun to plan the village.[9]

St. Joseph's Indian Normal School was established in 1888 and trained 60 Indian Boys annually until 1896. The school was operated by the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions.

Historical population
CensusPop.
19002,255
19102,3936.1%
19202,91221.7%
19302,798−3.9%
19403,21414.9%
19504,07226.7%
19604,74016.4%
19704,688−1.1%
19804,9445.5%
19905,0452.0%
20005,2944.9%
20105,85910.7%

Demographics[edit]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 5,859 people, 2,336 households, and 1,517 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,541.8 inhabitants per square mile (595.3 /km2). There were 2,556 housing units at an average density of 672.6 per square mile (259.7 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.4% White, 0.7% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.8% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.4% of the population.

There were 2,336 households of which 33.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.9% were married couples living together, 14.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.1% were non-families. 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.6% 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 city was 36.6 years. 25.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.6% were from 25 to 44; 23.7% were from 45 to 64; and 16.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.0% male and 52.0% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 5,294 people, 2,158 households, and 1,404 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,824.8 people per square mile (704.8/km²). There were 2,296 housing units at an average density of 791.4 per square mile (305.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.94% White, 0.32% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.66% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.53% of the population.

There were 2,158 households out of which 31.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.1% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.9% were non-families. 31.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 20.0% from 45 to 64, and 18.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 89.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,821, and the median income for a family was $43,313. Males had a median income of $33,971 versus $24,016 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,872. About 6.6% of families and 10.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.8% of those under age 18 and 8.0% of those age 65 or over.

Rail Transportation[edit]

Amtrak, the national passenger rail system, provides service to Rensselaer.

Amtrak Train 51, the westbound Cardinal, is scheduled to depart Rensselaer at 8:20am on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday; Amtrak Train 851, the westbound Hoosier State, is scheduled to depart Rensselaer at 8:20am on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Both trains go to Dyer and Chicago Union Station to connect with other trains.

Amtrak Train 50, the eastbound Cardinal, is scheduled to depart Dyer at 8:57pm on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday with service to Lafayette, Crawfordsville, Indianapolis, Connersville, Cincinnati, Maysville, South Portsmouth, Ashland, Huntington, Charleston, Montgomery, Thurmond, Prince, Hinton, Alderson, White Sulphur Springs, Clifton Forge, Staunton, Charlottesville, Culpeper, Manassas, Alexandria, and Washington, DC and continuing on to New York City.
Amtrak Train 850, the eastbound Hoosier State, is scheduled to depart Rensselaer at 9:41pm on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with service to Lafayette, Crawfordsville, and Indianapolis.

Climate[edit]

Humid continental climate is a climatic region typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. Precipitation is relatively well distributed year-round in many areas with this climate, while others may see a marked reduction in wintry precipitation and even a wintertime drought. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Dfa". (Hot Summer Continental Climate).[10]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-11. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-11. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  8. ^ "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer Files for Places – Indiana". United States Census. Retrieved 2012-04-21. 
  9. ^ Battle, J. H. (1883). "History of Jasper County". Counties of Warren, Benton, Jasper, and Newton, Indiana. Chicago, Illinois: F. A. Battey and Company. pp. 508–514. 
  10. ^ Climate Summay for Rensselaer, Indiana

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