Introduction to Wabash, Indiana

Wabash, Indiana, in Wabash county, is 42 miles SW of Fort Wayne, Indiana and 73 miles N of Indianapolis, Indiana. The city has a population of 11,743.

Wabash History

Colonel David Burr, Alexander Worth and Colonel Hugh Hanna were the first European settlers in Wabash county. The county was established on January 30, 1833, while the city was incorporated in January of 1849. On March 31, 1880, Wabash became the first city in the world to be lit by electrical lighting. The name Wabash is apparently derived from the Indian term for "water over white stones."

Wabash and nearby Attractions

  • Wabash County Historical Museum
  • Seiberling Mansion
  • Hebrew Cemetery
  • Helm Creek
  • Frances Slocum State Recreation Area
  • Wabash Country Club

Things To Do In Wabash

Visitors interested in learning about the local history and culture of Wabash can plan a trip to the Wabash County Historical Museum. Another notable historic site that can be visited from Wabash is the Seiberling Mansion, the home of the Diamond Plate Glass Company's founder, Monroe Seiberling. The city is also close to a number of parks like the Pearson Mill State Recreation Area, the Doranew Holland State Recreation Area, the Frances Slocum State Recreation Area and the Mount Hope State Recreation Area. In addition, Wabash hosts the Paradise Arts Festival every year.

Wabash Transportation

Fort Wayne International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Wabash Higher Education

Opportunities for higher education are provided by Indiana Wesleyan University, Anderson University and Ball State University.


Total Population 10,469
Male Share of the Population 46.8%
Female Share of the Population 53.2%
Senior Citizens 19.5%
Employed Population 16+ 4,779
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 48.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 11.9%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $48,848
% Above Poverty Level 81.7%
% Below Poverty Level 18.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 1.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.8%


People Living Alone 33.4%
Median Gross Rent $602
Median House Value $76,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.7%
US/American 0%
English 9.2%
Irish 12.5%

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

Wabash Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 42 miles SW of Fort Wayne, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 73 miles N of Indianapolis, Indiana
County Wabash
Standard Zip Codes 46992
Phone Area Codes 260
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.797
Longitude -85.82

Wabash Climate

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

Station WABASH
Distance 1 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
Distance 27.8 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
Distance 27.9 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 33 F
Apr Temp 38 to 61 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 65 F
Annual Precip 35.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Andrews 1,090 $48,333
La Fontaine 727 $46,250
Lagro 548 $31,458
Mount Etna 97 $63,000
Peru 11,197 $45,383
Roann 492 $43,438

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

Wabash Public Libraries

Wabash Carnegie Pl
Wabash, Indiana
(260) 563-2972
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Wabash Hospitals

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(260) 563-3131
Emergency Service: Yes

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Wabash High Schools

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154 W 200 N
Serves 602 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18

564 E SR 124
Serves 586 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18

Serves 431 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15

5233 S 50 E
A Non-traditional School
Serves 141 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8

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