Introduction to Seymour, Indiana

Seymour, Indiana, in Jackson county, is 37 miles E of Bloomington, Indiana and 49 miles N of Louisville, Kentucky. The city is home to some 18,101 residents.

Seymour History

Seymour was first settled in in 1816 by James Shields and his family. The Jeffersonville, Madison and Indianapolis Railroads first entered the city in the 1840s and ran through Shields farm. The Ohio and Mississippi Railroad arrived in the area during the 1850s. The city was named after John Seymour, the surveyor of the Ohio and Mississippi Railroad. Seymour is the site of the first train robbery in the world, which was committed on October 6, 1866.

Seymour and nearby Attractions

  • Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge
  • Katie's Playground
  • Freeman Air Museum
  • Southern Indiana Center for the Arts
  • Stevens Museum
  • Jefferson County Historical Society Museum

Things To Do In Seymour

The city of Seymour includes several park areas and playgrounds. You can visit Shields Park, Gaiser Park, Freeman Field, One Chamber Square, West Side Park, Kessler Park and Kasting Park. The Muscatatuk National Wildlife Preserve and the Freeman Air Museum are also worth visiting. The Starve Hollow State Recreation Area is also close to the city. In addition, Seymour organizes several recreational events and programs throughout the year, including Oktoberfest and the Victory over Japan Day Parade.

Seymour Transportation

The nearest major airport is Columbus Municipal.

Seymour Higher Education

Opportunities for higher studies are offered by many local colleges and universities including Indiana University- Southeast, Jefferson Community College and Sullivan University.


Total Population 18,861
Male Share of the Population 49.4%
Female Share of the Population 50.6%
Senior Citizens 14.4%
Employed Population 16+ 8,575
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 51.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.3%
Median Earnings25+ $32,033
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,947
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,038


Median Family Income $54,650
% Above Poverty Level 82.9%
% Below Poverty Level 17.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.5%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 28%
Median Gross Rent $720
Median House Value $99,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 23.5%
US/American 0%
English 7.9%
Irish 8.7%

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

Seymour Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 37 miles E of Bloomington, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 49 miles N of Louisville, Kentucky
County Jackson
Standard Zip Codes 47274
Phone Area Codes 812
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.959
Longitude -85.89

Seymour Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station SEYMOUR 2 N
Distance 1.8 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 37 F
Apr Temp 40 to 64 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 67 F
Annual Precip 46.1 inches
Distance 16.7 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
Distance 34.2 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 34 F
Apr Temp 42 to 62 F
Jul Temp 65 to 85 F
Oct Temp 44 to 65 F
Annual Precip 43.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Lutheran Lake (47274)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Austin 4,235 $40,060
Brownstown 2,958 $49,875
Crothersville 1,574 $49,091
Elizabethtown 487 $34,583
Jonesville 158 $60,250
North Vernon 6,895 $47,069

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

Seymour Public Libraries

Jackson County Pl
303 W 2ND ST
Seymour, Indiana
(812) 522-3412
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Seymour Hospitals

(Government - Local)
(812) 522-2349
Emergency Service: Yes

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Seymour High Schools

1350 W 2ND ST
Serves 1,169 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.7

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