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Overview

Introduction to Peru, Indiana

Peru, Indiana, in Miami county, is 48 miles NE of Lafayette, Indiana and 68 miles N of Indianapolis, Indiana.

Peru History

The original inhabitants of this area were Native Americans. William N. Hood officially established Peru in 1834. A Catholic Church was established in the following year. During the early 20th century, Peru was home to the Model Automobile Company, a pioneering automobile manufacturer. However, it did not survive for long. Peru also used to be the winter headquarters of seven of the world's major circuses.

Peru and nearby Attractions

  • West City Park
  • Frances Siocum State Forest
  • Miami State Recreation Area
  • Grissom Air Museum
  • Circus Hall of Fame Museum
  • Miami County Historical Museum

Things To Do In Peru

Local annual festivals include the Cole Porter Festival, which is held in June, and Heritage Days, which is held every August. There are several interesting museums in the area as well, one of which is dedicated to circuses.

Peru Transportation

Indianapolis International is the nearest major airport.

Peru Higher Education

Opportunities for higher education are available at Indiana Wesleyan University, Anderson University and Ball State University.

People

Total Population 11,197
Male Share of the Population 50.5%
Female Share of the Population 49.5%
Senior Citizens 14%
Employed Population 16+ 4,206
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 44%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 10.1%
Median Earnings25+ $27,329
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,158
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,408

Wealth

Median Family Income $45,383
% Above Poverty Level 78.6%
% Below Poverty Level 21.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 0.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 34.9%
Median Gross Rent $607
Median House Value $60,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.5%
US/American 0.1%
English 7.5%
Irish 12.1%

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

Peru Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 48 miles NE of Lafayette, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 68 miles N of Indianapolis, Indiana
County Miami
Standard Zip Codes 46970, 46971
Phone Area Codes 765
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.753
Longitude -86.068

Peru 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 WABASH
Distance 13.4 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 31 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 61 to 83 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38.5 inches
Station ROCHESTER
Distance 23 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 30 F
Apr Temp 38 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38.5 inches
Station WINAMAC 2 SSE
Distance 33.1 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 31 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 42 to 64 F
Annual Precip 37.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Grissom A R B (46971)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Amboy 323 $45,938
Bunker Hill 603 $45,313
Denver 506 $54,000
Roann 492 $43,438
Wabash 10,469 $48,848
Walton 1,102 $48,063

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

Peru Public Libraries

Library
Peru Pl
102 E MAIN ST
Peru, Indiana
(765) 473-3069
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Peru Hospitals

DUKES MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
275 W 12TH STREET
(765) 472-8000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Peru High Schools

PERU HIGH SCHOOL
401 N BROADWAY
765-472-3301
Serves 731 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.4

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