Introduction to Elwood, Indiana

Located in Madison county, Elwood, Indiana, is 14 miles NW of Anderson, Indiana (center to center) and 39 miles NE of Indianapolis, Indiana. The city is considered part of the Indianapolis metropolitan area.

Elwood History

Elwood was originally known as Quincy and founded by Mark Simmons, James Anderson, and J. B. Frazier. The first school was built in 1853. The Cincinnati and Chicago Railroad entered the area in 1857. The city was renamed Elwood on June 15, 1869, after the son of a settler called Jesse B. Fraiser. Elwood was originally incorporated into the state in 1872, as a town. Later, in 1891, it was reincorporated as a city; William DeHority was elected as the first mayor of the city.

Elwood and nearby Attractions

  • Greentown Glass Museum
  • Seiberling Mansion
  • Fairmount Historical Museum
  • Mounds State Park
  • Indiana Transportation Museum
  • Red Bridge State Recreation Area

Things To Do In Elwood

The Indiana Transportation Museum, Elwood Haynes Museum, Greentown Glass Museum, James Dean Memorial Gallery, and Automotive Heritage Museum are located in the city. The Callaway Park is nearby. The Red Bridge State Recreation Area, Mounds State Park, Summit Lake State Park, and Pearson Mill State Recreation Area offer many recreational opportunities. The annual Glass Festival is organized by the residents of Elwood in the month of August.

Elwood Transportation

The closest airport to the city is Anderson Municipal Airport - Darlington Field.

Elwood Higher Education

Schools for higher education are available at the Anderson University, Ball State University, and Indiana Wesleyan University.


Total Population 8,484
Male Share of the Population 49.3%
Female Share of the Population 50.7%
Senior Citizens 13.5%
Employed Population 16+ 3,638
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 50.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 11.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $42,238
% Above Poverty Level 79.4%
% Below Poverty Level 20.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 25.4%
Median Gross Rent $704
Median House Value $65,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 20.1%
US/American 0%
English 6.2%
Irish 14.7%

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

Elwood Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 14 miles NW of Anderson, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 39 miles NE of Indianapolis, Indiana
County Madison
Metro Area Indianapolis
Standard Zip Codes 46036
Phone Area Codes 765
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.276
Longitude -85.841

Elwood Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.8 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 32 F
Apr Temp 38 to 61 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 40 to 65 F
Annual Precip 39.9 inches
Station TIPTON 5 SW
Distance 15.1 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 32 F
Apr Temp 36 to 60 F
Jul Temp 61 to 83 F
Oct Temp 40 to 64 F
Annual Precip 37.1 inches
Station KOKOMO 3 WSW
Distance 21.6 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 31 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 41.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Curtisville (46036)

Duck Creek (46036)

Leisure (46036)

Meadowood Est (46036)

Meadowood Estates (46036)

New Lancaster (46036)

Pipe Creek (46036)

Rigdon (46036)

West Elwood (46036)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Alexandria 5,074 $50,962
Atlanta 702 $48,542
Frankton 1,878 $53,393
Orestes 436 $53,333
Summitville 1,026 $43,125
Tipton 5,252 $44,820

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

Elwood Public Libraries

North Madison County Pl System
1600 MAIN ST
Elwood, Indiana
(765) 552-5001
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Elwood Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(765) 552-4600
Emergency Service: No

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Elwood High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

1137 N 19TH ST
Serves 601 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.9

1105 N 19TH ST
A Vocational School
Serves 34 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 2.8

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