Introduction to Greenfield, Indiana

Greenfield, Indiana, in Hancock county, is 20 miles E of Indianapolis, Indiana. The people of the city are in the Indianapolis metropolitan area. Greenfield has a population of 14,600.

Greenfield History

Early settlers of this area settled down along the two creeks that flow through the Greenfield. The settlers built grist mills so that they could grind wheat and corn. Hancock County was established on March 1, 1828. It went on to be incorporated as a city in 1876. In 1887, natural gas was discovered here, which led to rapid progress over the next 20 years.

Greenfield and nearby Attractions

  • James Whitcomb Riley Birthplace
  • Chapel in the Park Museum
  • Riley Park
  • Boots Park
  • Roberts Lake

Things To Do In Greenfield

The Riley festival is an annual four-day event that begins on the first Thursday of October. It features a large and varied number of performances, concerts, contests and other entertainment programs. During the months of June and July, concerts are held every Friday evening at the Courthouse Plaza. Greenfield also has parks and lakes where people can pursue a wide range of recreational activities.

Greenfield Transportation

Mount Comfort Airport is nearby.

Greenfield Higher Education

Anderson University, the University of Indianapolis and Indiana University have provisions for higher education.


Total Population 21,179
Male Share of the Population 48.9%
Female Share of the Population 51.1%
Senior Citizens 15.8%
Employed Population 16+ 9,503
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 46%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.8%
Median Earnings25+ $36,385
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,148
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,337


Median Family Income $62,663
% Above Poverty Level 91.5%
% Below Poverty Level 8.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 1.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.5%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 29.5%
Median Gross Rent $831
Median House Value $120,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.4%
US/American 0%
English 9.8%
Irish 13.8%

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

Greenfield Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 20 miles E of Indianapolis, Indiana
County Hancock
Metro Area Indianapolis
Standard Zip Codes 46140
Phone Area Codes 317
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.785
Longitude -85.769

Greenfield Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 34 F
Apr Temp 40 to 62 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 43 to 65 F
Annual Precip 43.4 inches
Distance 13.9 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 34 F
Apr Temp 39 to 62 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 42 to 65 F
Annual Precip 42.8 inches
Distance 16.5 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 33 F
Apr Temp 41 to 61 F
Jul Temp 65 to 84 F
Oct Temp 43 to 65 F
Annual Precip 40.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Eden (46140)

Gem (46140)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cumberland 5,316 $59,565
Fortville 4,095 $71,531
McCordsville 5,224 $90,279
Morristown 1,264 $55,588
New Palestine 2,169 $75,563

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

Greenfield Public Libraries

Hancock County Pl
Greenfield, Indiana
(317) 462-5141
Library Web Site

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Greenfield Hospitals

(Government - Local)
(317) 468-4412
Emergency Service: Yes

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Greenfield High Schools

Serves 1,214 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.9

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