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

Swayzee, Indiana
Swayzee Town Hall
Swayzee Town Hall
Location of Swayzee in Grant County, Indiana.
Location of Swayzee in Grant County, Indiana.
Coordinates: 40°30′25″N 85°49′31″W / 40.50694°N 85.82528°W / 40.50694; -85.82528Coordinates: 40°30′25″N 85°49′31″W / 40.50694°N 85.82528°W / 40.50694; -85.82528
CountryUnited States
StateIndiana
CountyGrant
TownshipSims
Area
 • Total0.47 sq mi (1.21 km2)
 • Land0.47 sq mi (1.21 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
860 ft (262 m)
Population
 • Total981
 • Estimate 
(2016)[3]
936
 • Density1,995.74/sq mi (771.19/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
46986
Area code(s)765
FIPS code18-74510[4]
GNIS feature ID0444475[5]
Websitehttp://www.swayzee.org

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"

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HistoryEdit

James Swayzee was the original owner of the town site.[6]

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.[7]

GeographyEdit

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)[8] 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.[9]

DemographicsEdit

Census Pop.
19001,162
1910836−28.1%
1920650−22.2%
1930604−7.1%
19406619.4%
19506904.4%
196086325.1%
19701,07324.3%
19801,1275.0%
19901,059−6.0%
20001,011−4.5%
2010981−3.0%
Est. 2016936[3]−4.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

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

2010 censusEdit

As of the census[2] 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.

2000 censusEdit

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,011 people, 404 households, and 309 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,141.5 people per square mile (830.5/km²). There were 414 housing units at an average density of 876.9 per square mile (340.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.73% White, 0.40% African American, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 1.19% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.48% of the population.

There were 404 households out of which 34.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.6% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.3% were non-families. 21.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% 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 2.89.

In the town, the population was spread out with 25.4% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $41,146, and the median income for a family was $46,750. Males had a median income of $34,531 versus $22,361 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,476. About 4.2% of families and 6.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.5% of those under age 18 and 1.6% of those age 65 or over.

EducationEdit

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.[11] The record is noted on the town's welcome sign.

The town has a lending library, the Swayzee Public Library.[12]

Notable personEdit

  • 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.[13]
  • Curtis Michial Jones, police officer, became Deputy and then Chief of Police in Swayzee. In 2008, he was the first Indiana officer to be Named "America's Top Cop". He was the first Swayzee Police Officer to be awarded the "Governor's Heroism Award" By Gov. Mitch Daniels.[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 28, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-11.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  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. ^ Baker, Ronald L. (October 1995). From Needmore to Prosperity: Hoosier Place Names in Folklore and History. Indiana University Press. p. 318. ISBN 978-0-253-32866-3. James Swayzee owned land here.
  7. ^ Staff, Evan-Moor Educational Publishers (4 February 2007). A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog: Adding Words to Pictures, Book Project. Evan-Moor. p. 78. ISBN 978-1-59673-986-4.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  9. ^ "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-07-25.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  11. ^ "Throwback game to honor 50th anniversary of 9-OT game". Indianapolis Star. 2014-02-11. Retrieved 2016-03-28.
  12. ^ "Indiana public library directory" (PDF). Indiana State Library. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  13. ^ Bert Thompson, Ph.D., "Our God—He Is Alive" [ Part I ], Apologetics Press website, 2003; accessed 01 June 2018

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