Introduction to Washington, Indiana

Washington, Indiana is 49 miles SW of Bloomington, Indiana and 81 miles W of Louisville, Kentucky. It is in Daviess county. The population of Washington is 11,380.

Washington History

Daviess County was formed in 1817 as settlement in this region began along the stretch of the White River. The river made it convenient for farmers to transport their crops. During the first half of the 19th century, the northeast part of the area was heavily forested, which allowed the lumber industry to flourish.

Washington and nearby Attractions

  • Old Cathedral Library & Museum
  • George Rogers Clark National Historical Park
  • Davis County Museum
  • East Side Park
  • Glendale State Fish and Wildlife Area

Things To Do In Washington

While in Washington, one can visit the nearby William H. Harrison Museum and the Old Cathedral Library & Museum. The George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, the Grouseland and the Vincennes State Historic Sites are popular among those interested in history. There are also a number of popular tourist destinations near the city. Among these are the Glendale State Fish and Wildlife Area, the White Oak State Fishing Area and the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park.

Washington Transportation

Air transportation facilities are provided by the Evansville Regional Airport.

Washington Higher Education

The institutes of higher education near Washington are Vincennes University, Trinity Theological Seminary-Trinity College, Ivy Tech State College-Wabash Valley and the University of Evansville.


Total Population 11,874
Male Share of the Population 49.3%
Female Share of the Population 50.7%
Senior Citizens 15.4%
Employed Population 16+ 5,074
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 51%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.7%
Median Earnings25+ $28,185
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,134
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,375


Median Family Income $53,180
% Above Poverty Level 81.8%
% Below Poverty Level 18.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%


People Living Alone 30.3%
Median Gross Rent $582
Median House Value $84,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 24.8%
US/American 0%
English 10.2%
Irish 11.6%

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

Washington Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 49 miles SW of Bloomington, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 81 miles W of Louisville, Kentucky
County Daviess
Standard Zip Codes 47501
Phone Area Codes 812
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.659
Longitude -87.172

Washington Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.6 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 39 F
Apr Temp 45 to 67 F
Jul Temp 68 to 88 F
Oct Temp 47 to 69 F
Annual Precip 46.1 inches
Distance 16.3 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 36 F
Apr Temp 43 to 63 F
Jul Temp 66 to 86 F
Oct Temp 44 to 67 F
Annual Precip 43.9 inches
Distance 20.1 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 37 F
Apr Temp 40 to 65 F
Jul Temp 64 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 68 F
Annual Precip 47.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Capehart (47501)

Maysville (47501)

South Washington (47501)

Veale (47501)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bicknell 3,080 $47,850
Cannelburg 193 $66,667
Montgomery 335 $55,000
Plainville 637 $46,563

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

Washington Public Libraries

Washington Carnegie Pl
Washington, Indiana
(812) 254-4586

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Washington Hospitals

(Government - Local)
(812) 254-2760
Emergency Service: Yes

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Washington High Schools

Serves 761 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.7

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