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Overview

Introduction to Muncie, Indiana

The Indiana city of Muncie is located in Delaware County in the east-central part of the state. The city is home to Ball State University and is the birthplace of the Ball Corporation. Muncie is situated approximately 60 miles northeast of the State Capital of Indianapolis. The County was named for the Delaware Indians, an Eastern tribe which settled in the area during the 1770s. The city got its name from Munseetown, a tribal town established by the Delawares along the White River.

Incorporated in 1865, Muncie later became the center for both glass and steel manufacturing in the state of Indiana when the five Ball Brothers came to the city from New York to establish their glass manufacturing company. Several other establishments in Muncie (most notably, Ball Hospital and Ball State University) owe their existence, at least in part, to the efforts of the Ball family. Since 1929, Muncie has been the subject of a series of "Middletown" studies started by sociologists Robert Lynd and Helen Merrell-Lynd, earning Muncie the reputation as the "typical American city," or more fondly, "America's Hometown." Ball State University, which opened in 1918, continues to be an important part of the Muncie economy and community environment.

Local Attractions and Recreation in Muncie

Muncie is home to many unique attractions. Oakhurst Gardens includes six acres of gardens and the renovated 1895 home of George and Frances Ball. The Minnetrista Cultural Center features 40 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds surrounding a modern museum facility. The Moore-Youse Historical Museum is located in a 1850s-era house once owned by four generations of the same family. The National Model Aviation Museum contains the largest collection of model aircraft in the country. The Muncie Symphony offers first-class programs which feature nationally known artists, and the Muncie Civic Theatre features live stage performances to suit all tastes. Other local attractions include:

  • Muncie Children's Museum
  • Ball State University Museum of Art
  • Ball State University Planetarium & Observatory
  • Delaware County Athletic Hall of Fame
  • E. B. & Bertha C. Ball Center
  • Emily Kimbrough Museum
  • Ball State University Opera Theatre
  • Delaware County Fairgrounds

Fans of college sports will recognize Ball State University as home to the Ball State Cardinals, who compete in the Mid-American Conference, Division I-A of the NCAA and offer seven men's sports and twelve women's sports. In 2005, three of Ball State's football players were chosen in the NFL draft. Fans of professional sports can find plenty of action in nearby Indianapolis, about an hour away, where the following teams reside:

  • Indiana Pacers: National Basketball Association
  • Indianapolis Colts: National Football League
  • Indianapolis Indians (Minor League Baseball Class Triple-A team affiliated with MLB's Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • Indiana Ice: United States Hockey League
  • Indiana Fever: Women's National Basketball Association

Speedway, Indiana (just outside of Indianapolis) is home to auto-racing's crown jewel, the Indianapolis 500, held annually over the Memorial Day weekend.

Demographics

People

Total Population69,583
Male Share of the Population47.2%
Female Share of the Population52.8%
Senior Citizens14%
Employed Population 16+29,823
Age of the Population29

Families

% of people married31.1%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher22.9%
Median Earnings25+$27,672
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$15,765
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,418

Wealth

Median Family Income$43,874
% Above Poverty Level69.1%
% Below Poverty Level30.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work8.9%
% Using Public Transportation3%

Housing

People Living Alone34.1%
Median Gross Rent$682
Median House Value$70,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)20.2%
Irish12.8%
English8.5%
French Except Basque2.2%
Scottish2.2%
Polish2.1%
Italian2.1%
Dutch1.5%
African0.7%
Swedish0.7%
Welsh0.6%
Norwegian0.4%
Swiss0.3%
Greek0.3%
West Indian0.3%
Arab0.2%
Haitian0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Russian0.2%
Slovene0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Ghanaian0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Belizean0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Australian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Macedonian0.1%
German0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Serbian0.1%
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Muncie Almanac

CategoryValue
County Delaware County
Standard Zip Codes47302, 47303, 47304, 47305
P.O. Box Zip Codes47307, 47308
Company Zip Codes47306
Phone Area Codes765
Time ZoneAmerica/Indiana/Indianapolis
Approximate Latitude40.13
Approximate Longitude-85.38

Muncie Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationMUNCIE BALL STATE UNIV
Distance2.3 miles
Jan Temp16 to 33 F
Apr Temp39 to 61 F
Jul Temp64 to 85 F
Oct Temp42 to 64 F
Annual Precip38.9 inches
StationFARMLAND 5 NNW
Distance13.1 miles
Jan Temp15 to 32 F
Apr Temp38 to 60 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp39 to 64 F
Annual Precip37.9 inches
StationHARTFORD CITY 4 ESE
Distance17.5 miles
Jan Temp18 to 33 F
Apr Temp41 to 62 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp43 to 65 F
Annual Precip37.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Albany1,988$59,398
Gaston815$44,063
Selma799$53,478
Springport154$42,917
Yorktown11,232$65,708

Muncie Public Libraries

Muncie-center Township Public Library
2005 SOUTH HIGH STREET
Muncie, Indiana
(765) 747-8200

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Muncie Hospitals

Central Indiana Amg Specialty Hospital Llc
(Proprietary)
2401 W University Ave 8th Fl
(765) 751-5253
Meridian Services Corp
2401 W University Ave
(765) 751-5377
Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital
(Non-profit)
2401 University Ave
(765) 747-3111

Muncie Public Schools

Cowan Elementary School
1000 W Cr 600 S
ZIP: 47302
(765) 289-7129
Primary
Total Enrollment 405
Cowan High School
9401 S Nottingham
ZIP: 47302
(765) 289-7128
High
Total Enrollment 374
Grissom Elementary School
3201 S Macedonia Ave
ZIP: 47302
(765) 747-5401
Primary
Total Enrollment 479
Inspire Academy - A Sch Of Inquiry
1600 S Madison St
ZIP: 47302
(765) 216-7980
Primary
Total Enrollment 169
Muncie Southside High Sch
1601 E 26th St
ZIP: 47302
(765) 747-5320
South View Elementary School
2100 S Franklin
ZIP: 47302
(765) 747-5226
Primary
Total Enrollment 469
Southside Middle School
1601 East 26th St
ZIP: 47302
(765) 747-5320
Middle
Total Enrollment 645
Sutton Elementary School
3100 E Memorial Dr
ZIP: 47302
(765) 747-5431
Primary
Total Enrollment 373
Delta High School
3400 E Sr 28
ZIP: 47303
(765) 288-5597
High
Total Enrollment 851
Delta Middle School
9800 N Cr 200 E
ZIP: 47303
(765) 747-0869
Middle
Total Enrollment 649
Longfellow Elementary School
1900 E Centennial
ZIP: 47303
(765) 747-5410
Primary
Total Enrollment 306
Muncie Area Career Center
2500 N Elgin
ZIP: 47303
(765) 747-5250
High
Royerton Elementary School
1401 E Royerton Rd
ZIP: 47303
(765) 282-2044
Primary
Total Enrollment 529
Mitchell Elementary School
2809 W Purdue Ave
ZIP: 47304
(765) 747-5413
Primary
Total Enrollment 224
North View Elementary School
807 W Yale Ave
ZIP: 47304
(765) 747-5422
Primary
Total Enrollment 282
Northside Middle School
2400 W Bethel Ave
ZIP: 47304
(765) 747-5290
Middle
Total Enrollment 666
Storer Elementary School
3211 Mansfield Dr
ZIP: 47304
(765) 747-5360
Primary
Total Enrollment 257
West View Elementary School
3401 W Gilbert St
ZIP: 47304
(765) 747-5437
Primary
Total Enrollment 262
Youth Opportunity Center
3700 W Kilgore Ave
ZIP: 47304
(765) 747-5223
Other
Total Enrollment 107
East Washington Academy
1000 E Washington
ZIP: 47305
(765) 747-5434
Primary
Total Enrollment 403
Muncie Central High School
801 N Walnut St
ZIP: 47305
(765) 747-5260
High
Total Enrollment 1633
Burris Laboratory School
2000 University Ave
ZIP: 47306
(765) 285-8600
Other
Total Enrollment 621
In Aca For Sci Math & Humanities
Wagoner Halls Ball St Univ
ZIP: 47306
(765) 285-8102
High
Total Enrollment 307

Muncie Private Schools

St Lawrence Elementary School
2801 E 16th St
ZIP: 47302
Elementary
Total Enrollment 83
St Mary School
2301 W Gilbert St
ZIP: 47303
Elementary
Total Enrollment 128
Apple Tree Child Development Center
3501 N Chadam Ln
ZIP: 47304
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
Heritage Hall Christian School
6401 W River Rd
ZIP: 47304
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 151
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