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Overview

Introduction to Bedford, Indiana

Bedford, Indiana, in Lawrence county, is 21 miles S of Bloomington, Indiana and 57 miles NW of Louisville, Kentucky.

Bedford was founded as a town in 1825 and went on to become the county seat of Lawrence County. Palestine, which was 4 miles to the south of Bedford, was the original county seat. Local businessman Joseph Rawlins played an influential role in the naming of Bedford as the new county seat. It was incorporated as a city in 1889.

Bedford and nearby Attractions

  • Bluespring Caverns
  • Spring Mill State Park
  • Hoosier National Forest
  • West Baden Springs Hotel
  • Otis Park Golf Club
  • Wilson Park

Things To Do In Bedford

There are many interesting places near Bedford. The Bluespring caverns is a system of caves that stretches for over 21 miles, they are a popular tourist destination for people across the country. A subterranean river runs through the caves, and visitors are offered hour long boat rides through the caverns from April to October. The Spring Mill State Park, which is spread over 1,319 acres, also has several caves and other attractions like a recreation of an early village.

Bedford Transportation

Monroe County Airport is the nearest major airport.

Bedford Higher Education

Higher education can be pursued at Indiana University, Depauw University and Ivy Tech State College.

Demographics

People

Total Population13,341
Male Share of the Population45.9%
Female Share of the Population54.1%
Senior Citizens19.6%
Employed Population 16+5,420
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married47.1%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher12.7%
Median Earnings25+$27,298
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,493
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,588

Wealth

Median Family Income$45,432
% Above Poverty Level82.2%
% Below Poverty Level17.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.9%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone32.2%
Median Gross Rent$633
Median House Value$87,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)21.5%
German17.7%
Irish14.9%
English9.1%
Italian4%
Scottish1.5%
French Except Basque1.3%
Hungarian1.2%
Polish0.9%
Dutch0.8%
Norwegian0.7%
Canadian0.6%
Finnish0.4%
Welsh0.3%
Swedish0.2%
African0.2%
Australian0.2%
Czech0.2%
Ukrainian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Slovene0.1%
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Bedford Almanac

CategoryValue
County Lawrence County
Standard Zip Codes47421
Phone Area Codes812
Time ZoneAmerica/Indiana/Indianapolis
Approximate Latitude38.86
Approximate Longitude-86.49

Bedford Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationOOLITIC PURDUE EXP FRM
Distance3.7 miles
Jan Temp18 to 37 F
Apr Temp40 to 64 F
Jul Temp64 to 86 F
Oct Temp41 to 67 F
Annual Precip45.1 inches
StationBLOOMINGTON INDIANA UNIV
Distance21.2 miles
Jan Temp19 to 37 F
Apr Temp41 to 64 F
Jul Temp65 to 86 F
Oct Temp44 to 67 F
Annual Precip44.9 inches
StationPAOLI
Distance21.5 miles
Jan Temp18 to 38 F
Apr Temp40 to 65 F
Jul Temp64 to 87 F
Oct Temp40 to 68 F
Annual Precip47.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Edgewood1,863$70,859
Medora658$37,222
Mitchell4,287$41,642
Oolitic1,101$49,423
Orleans2,437$45,069
Paoli3,663$50,293

Bedford Public Libraries

Bedford Public Library
1323 K STREET
Bedford, Indiana
(812) 275-4471

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Bedford Hospitals

St Vincent Dunn Hospital Inc
(Non-profit)
1600 23rd St
(812) 275-3331
Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital
(Non-profit)
2900 W 16th St
(812) 275-1200

Bedford Public Schools

Bedford Middle School
1501 'n' St
ZIP: 47421
(812) 279-9781
Middle
Total Enrollment 567
Bedford-north Lawrence High School
595 N Stars Blvd
ZIP: 47421
(812) 279-9756
High
Total Enrollment 1614
Fayetteville Elementary Sch
223 Old Farm Rd
ZIP: 47421
(812) 279-2376
Primary
Total Enrollment 168
Lincoln Elementary School
2014 'f' St
ZIP: 47421
(812) 275-6311
Primary
Total Enrollment 310
Needmore Elementary School
278 Trogdon Lane
ZIP: 47421
(812) 279-2192
Primary
Total Enrollment 171
North Lawrence Career Center
258 Bnl Dr
ZIP: 47421
(812) 279-3561
High
Parkview Intermediate School
2024 W 16th St
ZIP: 47421
(812) 275-3301
Primary
Total Enrollment 249
Parkview Primary School
1701 Brian Lane Way
ZIP: 47421
(812) 275-2333
Primary
Total Enrollment 287
Shawswick Elementary School
71 Shawswick School Rd
ZIP: 47421
(812) 279-3115
Primary
Total Enrollment 293
Shawswick Middle School
71 Shawswick School Rd
ZIP: 47421
(812) 275-6121
Middle
Total Enrollment 213
Stalker Elementary School
420 'w' St
ZIP: 47421
(812) 275-4821
Primary
Total Enrollment 280

Bedford Private Schools

St Vincent De Paul School
923 18th St
ZIP: 47421
Elementary
Total Enrollment 123
Stone City Christian Academy
1813 26th St
ZIP: 47421
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 101
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