Ellettsville, Indiana

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Ellettsville, Indiana

Introduction to Ellettsville, Indiana

Ellettsville, Indiana, in Monroe county, is 7 miles NW of Bloomington, Indiana and 44 miles SW of Indianapolis, Indiana. The town is conveniently located inside the Bloomington metropolitan area. There are an estimated 5,078 people in Ellettsville.

Ellettsville History

Ellettsville was named in honor of Edward Elletts, a local tavern owner. The community was established in 1837 and incorporated in 1866. The limestone industry played an important role in the town's economic and social growth and development. Most of the schools, churches and government buildings in the town were made of limestone. Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, limestone from Ellettsville was used to rebuild the Pentagon.

Ellettsville and nearby Attractions

  • William Hammond Mathers Museum
  • Indianapolis Zoo
  • Paynetown State Recreation Area
  • T.C. Steele State Historic Site
  • Monroe County Historical Museum
  • Middle Fork State Wildlife Refuge

Things To Do In Ellettsville

The Monroe County Historical Museum, the Indiana University Art Museum and the William Hammond Mathers Museum are the local museums. Artist Theodore Clement Steele's estate, which is now a historic site, is close to Ellettsville as well. Golfers can enjoy a round at Cascades Golf Course, the Salt Creek Golf Retreat or at the Martinsville Golf Club. The Middle Fork State Wildlife Refuge, the North Fork State Wildlife Refuge, the Indianapolis Zoo and the Cataract Falls State Recreation Area are some of the other popular attractions in the area. The Monroe Reservoir, the largest lake and recreational area in Indiana, is located about 15 miles from Ellettsville. The community hosts the Monroe County Fall Festival every year. This festival features games, talent contests, a parade, food and live entertainment.

Ellettsville Transportation

Indianapolis International is the nearest major airport.

Ellettsville Higher Education

Depauw University, Butler University and Indiana University-Bloomington are all accessible from Ellettsville.

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High Points

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

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Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 16% Ellettsville Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Ellettsville, Indiana

Comparing Ellettsville 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 8 7
Female Share of the Population 7 7
Well-Paid Single Women 4 6
Male Share of the Population 4 4
Well-Paid Single Men 4 4
Racial Diversity 3 8
Age of the Population 2 2
Senior Citizens 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 6 7
Portion of People Married 5 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 5 5
People in Middle Class or Better 5 5
College Educated Adults 4 8
Median Family Income 4 5

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 7 8
Public Transportation Use 6 9
Working at Home 2 2
Walking and Biking to Work 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 9 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 8 3
Affordability of Rents 7 5
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 7 8
People Living Alone 4 3
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 3

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Ellettsville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles NW of Bloomington, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 44 miles SW of Indianapolis, Indiana
County Monroe
Metro Area Bloomington
Standard Zip Codes 47429
Phone Area Codes 812
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.233
Longitude -86.625

Ellettsville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 7.4 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 37 F
Apr Temp 41 to 64 F
Jul Temp 65 to 86 F
Oct Temp 44 to 67 F
Annual Precip 44.9 inches
Distance 8.3 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 35 F
Apr Temp 37 to 62 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 38 to 65 F
Annual Precip 45.9 inches
Distance 38 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 37 F
Apr Temp 41 to 64 F
Jul Temp 65 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 67 F
Annual Precip 41.9 inches
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Ellettsville Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,078 100%
Male 2,415 47.6%
Female 2,663 52.4%
Under 18 1,527 30.1%
18+ 3,551 69.9%
65+ 479 9.4%
Median Age 32.7
Average Family Size 3.09
White 4,866 95.8%
African-American 62 1.2%
Asian 37 0.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 9 0.2%
Other 41 0.8%
Mixed Race 63 1.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 60 1.2%

Estimated Ellettsville Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 5,294
Growth 216
Growth % 4.3%

Ellettsville 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
German 22.5%
US/American 22.4%
English 15.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 14%
Irish 7.8%
French (except Basque) 3%
Scottish 2.9%
Italian 2.8%
European 1.6%
Polish 1.1%
Dutch 0.8%
Scandinavian 0.6%
Scotch-Irish 0.6%
Austrian 0.6%
Serbian 0.5%
Norwegian 0.4%
Welsh 0.4%
Czech 0.3%
Lebanese 0.3%
Swiss 0.3%
Swedish 0.2%
Celtic 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
Australian 0.2%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
Russian 0.2%
British 0.2%
Latvian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Ellettsville 5,078 $42,950
Bloomington 69,291 $50,054
Gosport 715 $34,545
Martinsville 11,698 $40,304
Paragon 663 $38,971
Spencer 2,508 $36,921
Stinesville 194 $36,875
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Ellettsville High Schools (2004)

Serves 843 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.4

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