Charlestown, Indiana

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Charlestown, Indiana

Introduction to Charlestown, Indiana

Charlestown, Indiana, in Clark county, is 14 miles N of Louisville, Kentucky. Charleston is part of the surrounding Louisville metro area and is home to some 5,993 residents.

Charlestown History

The city of Charlestown, which was established in 1808, was named in the honor of one of its surveyors, Charles Beggs. Mills were an important component of the town. Charlestown was also the home of Jonathan Jennings, the first state governor of Indiana. Clark County, in which this city is located, was established in 1801 as a part of the Northwest Territory.

Charlestown and Nearby Attractions

  • Callahan Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind
  • Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site
  • Deam Lake State Recreation Area
  • Cathedral Gardens
  • Louisville Zoo

Things To Do In Charlestown

Charlestown has numerous interesting places to visit, such as the Louisville Zoo, Cathedral Gardens, and Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom. People may visit historical sites, such as the Culbertson Mansion State Historical Site, Lanier Mansion State Historical Site, Locust Grove, The Thomas Edison House, and The Zachary Taylor House. The area also has several parks including Deam Lake State Recreation Area, Falls of the Ohio State Park and E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park.

Charlestown Transportation

Louisville International-Standiford Field Airport is nearby.

Charlestown Higher Education

Colleges close to Charlestown include Bellarmine University, Hanover College, and Indiana University Southeast.

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High Points

Charlestown strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Indiana):

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Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 9% Charlestown Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Charlestown, Indiana

Comparing Charlestown to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Indiana (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Children Under 5 Years Old 9 9
Racial Diversity 6 10
Female Share of the Population 6 6
Male Share of the Population 5 5
Senior Citizens 3 3
Age of the Population 2 1
Well-Paid Single Men 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 6 7
Portion of People Married 3 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 3 1
People Above Poverty 2 1
Median Family Income 2 1
College Educated Adults 1 2

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 8 9
Working at Home 6 7
Public Transportation Use 4 8
Short Commute Times 4 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Property Taxes 8 5
Affordability of Rents 8 6
People Living Alone 5 5
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 4 5
Housing Recently Built 4 6
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 8 7
Low Property Crime 3 3

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Charlestown Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 14 miles N of Louisville, Kentucky
County Clark
Metro Area Louisville
Standard Zip Codes 47111
Phone Area Codes 812
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.453
Longitude -85.67

Charlestown Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 2.6 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 41 F
Apr Temp 41 to 68 F
Jul Temp 63 to 89 F
Oct Temp 42 to 70 F
Annual Precip 45.4 inches
Distance 17.9 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 38 F
Apr Temp 42 to 66 F
Jul Temp 65 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 68 F
Annual Precip 45.1 inches
Distance 19 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 41 F
Apr Temp 46 to 67 F
Jul Temp 70 to 87 F
Oct Temp 49 to 68 F
Annual Precip 44.5 inches
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Charlestown Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,993 100%
Male 2,874 48%
Female 3,119 52%
Under 18 1,735 29%
18+ 4,258 71%
65+ 654 10.9%
Median Age 31.6
Average Family Size 3.03
White 5,568 92.9%
African-American 148 2.5%
Asian 10 0.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 16 0.3%
Other 166 2.8%
Mixed Race 81 1.4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 319 5.3%

Estimated Charlestown Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 8,052
Growth 2,059
Growth % 34.4%

Charlestown Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
US/American 37.4%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 18.9%
German 13.2%
Irish 9.8%
English 9.1%
Italian 2.8%
Scotch-Irish 2%
Dutch 1.4%
European 1.1%
Scottish 0.8%
French (except Basque) 0.7%
German Russian 0.5%
French Canadian 0.4%
Polish 0.4%
British 0.4%
Canadian 0.2%
Turkish 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Charlestown 5,993 $35,592
Borden 818 $44,868
Clarksville 21,400 $44,688
Jeffersonville 27,362 $45,264
New Albany 37,603 $41,993
Sellersburg 6,071 $46,512
Utica 591 $38,750

Charlestown Public Libraries

Charlestown Clark County Pl
Charlestown, Indiana
(812) 256-3337
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Charlestown Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(812) 256-3301
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 15.3

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