Introduction to Tell City, Indiana

Located in Perry county, Tell City, Indiana, is 22 miles NE of Owensboro, Kentucky (center to center) and 58 miles W of Louisville, Kentucky. The city contains a population of approximately 7,845 residents.

Tell City History

Tell City was founded in 1858 by the Swiss Colonization Society which aimed at making it a planned industrial city. Prior to the first settlement in the region, the area was known as "Helvetia". Later, it was renamed "Tell City", a name that was easier to pronounce and remember for Englishmen. The city was named in honor of the legendary Swiss hero and liberator, William Tell. The bustling Ohio River flows across the city.

Tell City and nearby Attractions

  • Hoosier Heights Country Club
  • Legion Field
  • Little Windy Creek
  • Hoosier National Forest
  • International Bluegrass Music Museum
  • Saddle Lake Recreation Area

Things To Do In Tell City

The Schweizer Fest is celebrated by the residents of Tell City in the month of August every year. The Ohio River Scenic Byway and the Hoosier National Forest are in the region. The International Bluegrass Music Museum is held in the area every year. Holiday World is also close by.

Tell City Transportation

The closest airport to the city is the Louisville International-Standiford Field Airport.

Tell City Higher Education

Higher education is available at the University of Evansville, the Elizabethtown Community College, and the University of Southern Indiana.


Total Population 7,234
Male Share of the Population 49.8%
Female Share of the Population 50.2%
Senior Citizens 19.2%
Employed Population 16+ 3,381
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 51.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.3%
Median Earnings25+ $31,257
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $26,458
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,471


Median Family Income $56,149
% Above Poverty Level 83.4%
% Below Poverty Level 16.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.4%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 33.1%
Median Gross Rent $630
Median House Value $89,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.5%
US/American 0%
English 7.3%
Irish 9.7%

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

Tell City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 22 miles NE of Owensboro, Kentucky (center to center)
Nearest Large City 58 miles W of Louisville, Kentucky
County Perry
Standard Zip Codes 47586
Phone Area Codes 812
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.951
Longitude -86.767

Tell City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.1 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 39 F
Apr Temp 44 to 66 F
Jul Temp 68 to 88 F
Oct Temp 47 to 69 F
Annual Precip 47.8 inches
Distance 15.1 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 41 F
Apr Temp 44 to 68 F
Jul Temp 66 to 87 F
Oct Temp 46 to 70 F
Annual Precip 46.6 inches
Distance 27.8 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 41 F
Apr Temp 44 to 68 F
Jul Temp 67 to 89 F
Oct Temp 46 to 70 F
Annual Precip 47.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Burglen Hills (47586)

Fenn Haven (47586)

Franklin Hills (47586)

Gatchel (47586)

Lilly Dale (47586)

Scenic Heights (47586)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cannelton 1,520 $34,813
Chrisney 446 $58,500
Grandview 700 $47,500
Rockport 2,467 $39,196
Santa Claus 2,671 $80,324
Troy 287 $49,107

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

Tell City Public Libraries

Tell City-perry County Pl
Tell City, Indiana
(812) 547-2661
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Tell City High Schools

900 12TH ST
Serves 496 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.6

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