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Overview

Introduction to Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne, Indiana has a wide variety of activities and venues that make it an impressive place to live, work, and play. The city has gourmet chocolate, Broadway musicals, professional sports, unique shopping malls, tasty dining, and top-notch entertainment. The downtown area of Fort Wayne is known for its quality art venues, interactive museums, festivals, and dining. The area has many attractions, including a talking tree and the perfect steak. The city has a population of about 500,000 and is named after a military fort established in the area in 1794 by General 'Mad' Anthony Wayne.

Fort Wayne Culture

Fort Wayne has an eclectic mixture of cultural attractions to satisfy just about any resident or visitor. The Historic Embassy Theatre has national Broadway productions, music concerts, educational programs, and cinema. The Fort Wayne Museum of Art has a contemporary collection of traveling exhibitions, as well as 19th and 20th century art and classes for teenagers. The Fort Wayne Cinema Center showcases a variety of independent, foreign, classic, and documentary films. The Fort Wayne Philharmonic is an orchestra serving the entire Northwest Indiana region and performing regularly. Artlink is a visual art gallery with rotating exhibitions and drawings classes for adults and children. The Fort Wayne children's Choir is composed of 256 singers grades three through high school and performs four times per year.

Fort Wayne Sports and Leisure

Fort Wayne has a lot to offer in the way of sports. Professional sports in the city include Fort Wayne Fever Soccer, which provides is a semi-pro team playing from May to July. For football fans, there's Fort Wayne Freedom Indoor Football, the city's newest professional sport. Fort Wayne Komet Hockey is the longest continuously running sports franchise in Fort Wayne. Fort Wayne Wizards Baseball delivers Class-A Midwest Baseball League action to area baseball fans. College sports are plentiful as well, with IPFW Mastedons hosting over 100 Division I athletic events every year. The McMillen Ice Arena offers hockey, figure skating, and recreational skating to adults and children in the Fort Wayne community. Golf lovers will enjoy the Eel River Golf Course which has 18 holes and a full service pro shop.

Fort Wayne Outdoors

There is plenty of outdoor beauty to be enjoyed in the Fort Wayne area, which has over 56 square miles of parks to choose from. Fox Island has hiking trails, picnic areas, swimming beaches, fishing, cross-country skiing, and bird watching. Headwaters Park holds festivals, concerts, weddings, and family reunions. Foster Park has a pathway for joggers and bikers and an 18-hole golf course. Lakeside Rose Garden is one of the largest rose gardens in the country, with almost 2,000 roses on display. McMillen Park is open year-round for ice skating and also has soccer and basketball areas.

Fort Wayne at Night

There's plenty to do in Fort Wayne when the sun goes down, from concerts to dancing to mechanical bull riding. The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum holds major concerts, consumer shows, and family shows. The Embassy Theatre hosts over 40 different performances every year and draws over 200,000 patrons. For those interested in nightclubs, Fort Wayne has places like Club Soda that feature dancing, dining, and drinking. Pierre's is one of the most popular nightclubs in the city, and it has five bars, a rock stage, karaoke bar, and a mechanical bull for the adventurous.

People

Total Population 257,059
Male Share of the Population 48.2%
Female Share of the Population 51.8%
Senior Citizens 12.8%
Employed Population 16+ 116,365
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 44.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26.1%
Median Earnings25+ $32,004
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,371
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,160

Wealth

Median Family Income $54,837
% Above Poverty Level 81%
% Below Poverty Level 19%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 1%

Housing

People Living Alone 32.2%
Median Gross Rent $670
Median House Value $100,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 31.8%
US/American 0%
English 6.7%
Irish 9.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Fort Wayne Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 89 miles SW of Toledo, Ohio
County Allen
Metro Area Fort Wayne
Standard Zip Codes 46802, 46803, 46804, 46805, 46806, 46807, 46808, 46809, 46814, 46815, 46816, 46818, 46819, 46825, 46835, 46845
P.O. Box Zip Codes 46801, 46850, 46851, 46852, 46853, 46854, 46855, 46856, 46857, 46858, 46859, 46860, 46861, 46862, 46863, 46864, 46865, 46866, 46867, 46868, 46869, 46885, 46895, 46896, 46898, 46899
Company Zip Codes 46897
Phone Area Codes 260
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.13
Longitude -85.128

Fort Wayne Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station FORT WAYNE BAER AP
Distance 9.8 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 31 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 42 to 63 F
Annual Precip 36.5 inches
Station AUBURN 2 SSE
Distance 14.6 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 31 F
Apr Temp 39 to 61 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 43 to 63 F
Annual Precip 35.4 inches
Station COLUMBIA CITY
Distance 18.5 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 31 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 40 to 62 F
Annual Precip 38.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Fort Wayne, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Diplomat (46806, 46816)

Diplomat Plaza (46806)

Hazelwood (46845)

Maples (46816)

Poe (46819)

Southtown (46816)

Southtown Mall (46816)

Waynedale (46819, 46809)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Churubusco 1,953 $52,465
Grabill 1,454 $52,112
Huntertown 5,260 $75,142
New Haven 15,832 $53,686

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Fort Wayne Public Libraries

Library
Allen County Pl
200 E. BERRY STREET
Fort Wayne, Indiana
(260) 421-1200
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Fort Wayne Hospitals

ST JOSEPH HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
700 BROADWAY
(260) 425-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

LUTHERAN HOSPITAL OF INDIANA
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
7950 WEST JEFFERSON BLVD
(260) 435-7001
Emergency Service: Yes

PARKVIEW HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
2200 RANDALIA DRIVE
(260) 373-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

DUPONT HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
2520 E DUPONT RD
(260) 416-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Fort Wayne High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

NORTHROP HIGH SCHOOL
7001 COLDWATER RD
260-467-2300
Serves 2,118 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.5

R NELSON SNIDER HIGH SCHOOL
4600 FAIRLAWN PASS
260-425-7570
Serves 2,086 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.4

HOMESTEAD SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
4310 HOMESTEAD RD
260-431-2251
Serves 1,912 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.2

CARROLL HIGH SCHOOL
3701 CARROLL RD
260-637-3161
Serves 1,491 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.7

SOUTH SIDE HIGH SCHOOL
3601 S CALHOUN ST
260-425-7610
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,459 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.6

NORTH SIDE HIGH SCHOOL
475 E STATE ST
260-425-7530
Serves 1,358 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.5

WAYNE HIGH SCHOOL
9100 WINCHESTER RD
260-425-7630
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,017 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.5

ELMHURST HIGH SCHOOL
3829 SAND POINT RD
260-425-7510
Serves 939 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.1

PAUL HARDING HIGH SCHOOL
6501 WAYNE TRACE
260-446-0240
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 609 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.5

NORTHEAST JUVENILE CORRECTIONAL
7117 VENTURE LN
260-497-7233
Serves 80 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.7

RICHARD MILBURN HIGH SCHOOL
514 E WASHINGTON BLVD
260-422-7647
A Non-traditional School
Serves 72 students.

FT WAYNE JUVENILE CORRECTION FAC
2421 LAKE AVE
260-484-6621
Serves 18 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9

ALLEN CO YOUTH SERVICES CTR
11805 LIMA RD
260-449-3561
A Non-traditional School
Serves 11 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.5

MAPLE GROVE LEARNING CENTER
2700 E MAPLE GROVE
260-446-0270
A Non-traditional School

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