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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.

People

Total Population 13,371
Male Share of the Population 46.2%
Female Share of the Population 53.8%
Senior Citizens 18.9%
Employed Population 16+ 5,432
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 46.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 11.6%
Median Earnings25+ $27,021
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,138
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,817

Wealth

Median Family Income $44,335
% Above Poverty Level 80.2%
% Below Poverty Level 19.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 3.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.9%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 31.7%
Median Gross Rent $644
Median House Value $86,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 18.5%
US/American 0%
English 9.1%
Irish 14.7%

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

Bedford Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 21 miles S of Bloomington, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 57 miles NW of Louisville, Kentucky
County Lawrence
Standard Zip Codes 47421
Phone Area Codes 812
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.861
Longitude -86.487

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)

Station OOLITIC PURDUE EXP FRM
Distance 3.7 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 37 F
Apr Temp 40 to 64 F
Jul Temp 64 to 86 F
Oct Temp 41 to 67 F
Annual Precip 45.1 inches
Station BLOOMINGTON INDIANA UNIV
Distance 21.2 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 37 F
Apr Temp 41 to 64 F
Jul Temp 65 to 86 F
Oct Temp 44 to 67 F
Annual Precip 44.9 inches
Station PAOLI
Distance 21.5 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 38 F
Apr Temp 40 to 65 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 40 to 68 F
Annual Precip 47.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Bartlettsville (47421)

Bedford Heights (47421)

Broadview (47421)

Broadview Park Plaza (47421)

Brook Knoll (47421)

Buddha (47421)

Coveyville (47421)

Crawford (47421)

Dark Hollow (47421)

East Oolitic (47421)

Englewood (47421)

Fayetteville (47421)

Giberson (47421)

Guthrie (47421)

Hartleyville (47421)

Hawthorne (47421)

Hillcrest Cir (47421)

Hillcrest Circle (47421)

Judah (47421)

Leesville (47421)

Needmore (47421)

Patton Hill (47421)

Peerless (47421)

Pinhook (47421)

Shawswick (47421)

Walnut Heights (47421)

White River Bluffs (47421)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Edgewood 1,872 $70,870
Medora 548 $43,125
Mitchell 4,291 $47,849
Oolitic 1,091 $51,650
Orleans 2,212 $42,361
Paoli 3,852 $48,125

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

Bedford Public Libraries

Library
Bedford Pl
1323 K ST
Bedford, Indiana
(812) 275-4471
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Bedford Hospitals

DUNN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
(Government - Local)
1600 23RD STREET
(812) 275-3331
Emergency Service: Yes

BEDFORD REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - Local)
2900 WEST 16 ST
(812) 275-1200
Emergency Service: Yes

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BEDFORD-NORTH LAWRENCE HIGH SCHOOL
595 N STARS BLVD
812-279-9756
Serves 1,562 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.2

ENGLEWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
3203 WASHINGTON AVE
812-279-8876
A Special Education School
Serves 5 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 1.5

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