Introduction to Crawfordsville, Indiana

Crawfordsville, Indiana, in Montgomery county, is 26 miles S of Lafayette, Indiana and 42 miles NW of Indianapolis, Indiana.

Crawfordsville History

Henry Ristine, Major Ambrose Whitlock and Williamson Dunn first visited this region in 1813 and noted that it was an excellent place for a settlement. It was surrounded by fertile land and a deciduous forest, and there was also a creek nearby, which is now known as Sugar Creek. In 1821, William and Jennie Offield built a cabin by Offield Creek, which was four miles away from the present day city of Crawfordsville. Major Ambrose Whitlock returned here in 1823 and laid out the town. He named it Crawfordsville after Col. William H. Crawford. The area was incorporated as a town in 1834 and achieved the status of a city in 1865.

Crawfordsville and nearby Attractions

  • General Lew Wallace Study & Museum
  • Shades State Park
  • Clements Canoeing
  • Sugar Creek
  • Pine Hills Nature Preserve
  • Milligan Park Pool

Things To Do In Crawfordsville

At the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum, items collected by General Lew Wallace, who wrote "Ben Hur," are on display. Those who enjoy the outdoors can take kayak, canoe and tube trips at Sugar Creek. Shades State Park and Pine Hills Nature Preserve have peaceful hiking trails and are also very popular among residents. One can also swim and fish at Lake Waveland.

Crawfordsville Transportation

Indianapolis International Airport offers domestic and international air transportation.

Crawfordsville Higher Education

Wabash College is the local institution and provides facilities for higher education. Purdue University and Depauw University are also in the area.


Total Population 15,982
Male Share of the Population 51.4%
Female Share of the Population 48.6%
Senior Citizens 16.8%
Employed Population 16+ 6,428
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 39.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 13.6%
Median Earnings25+ $26,024
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $11,347
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,543


Median Family Income $42,536
% Above Poverty Level 75.3%
% Below Poverty Level 24.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 37.6%
Median Gross Rent $641
Median House Value $91,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 22.3%
US/American 0%
English 9.6%
Irish 13.1%

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

Crawfordsville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 26 miles S of Lafayette, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 42 miles NW of Indianapolis, Indiana
County Montgomery
Standard Zip Codes 47933
Company Zip Codes 47934, 47935, 47936, 47937, 47938, 47939
Phone Area Codes 765
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.041
Longitude -86.874

Crawfordsville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 6 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 33 F
Apr Temp 38 to 61 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 39 to 66 F
Annual Precip 39.7 inches
Distance 26.7 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 32 F
Apr Temp 39 to 61 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 42 to 64 F
Annual Precip 39.6 inches
Distance 26.9 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 36 F
Apr Temp 43 to 66 F
Jul Temp 65 to 87 F
Oct Temp 45 to 68 F
Annual Precip 44.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Crawfordsvlle (47933)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Darlington 750 $51,944
Ladoga 1,057 $48,516
Linden 783 $64,821
New Market 546 $59,250
New Ross 342 $53,393

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

Crawfordsville Public Libraries

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Crawfordsville, Indiana
(765) 362-2242
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Crawfordsville Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(765) 362-2800
Emergency Service: Yes

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Crawfordsville High Schools

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Serves 704 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

6425 US 231 S
Serves 592 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.6

5945 US 231 N
Serves 580 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.9

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