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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.

People

Total Population 70,173
Male Share of the Population 46.9%
Female Share of the Population 53.1%
Senior Citizens 13.8%
Employed Population 16+ 29,173
Age of the Population 28

Families

% of people married 31.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22.6%
Median Earnings25+ $26,869
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $14,688
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,308

Wealth

Median Family Income $42,160
% Above Poverty Level 67.8%
% Below Poverty Level 32.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 9.4%
% Using Public Transportation 3%

Housing

People Living Alone 32.9%
Median Gross Rent $691
Median House Value $70,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.6%
US/American 0%
English 9%
Irish 12.6%

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

Muncie Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 50 miles NE of Indianapolis, Indiana
County Delaware
Metro Area Muncie
Standard Zip Codes 47302, 47303, 47304, 47305
P.O. Box Zip Codes 47307, 47308
Company Zip Codes 47306
Phone Area Codes 765
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.193
Longitude -85.386

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)

Station MUNCIE BALL STATE UNIV
Distance 2.3 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 33 F
Apr Temp 39 to 61 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 42 to 64 F
Annual Precip 38.9 inches
Station FARMLAND 5 NNW
Distance 13.1 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 32 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 39 to 64 F
Annual Precip 37.9 inches
Station HARTFORD CITY 4 ESE
Distance 17.5 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 33 F
Apr Temp 41 to 62 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 43 to 65 F
Annual Precip 37.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Anthony (47303)

Breezewood Park (47302)

Brewington Woods (47304)

Cammack (47304)

Cook Acres (47303)

Country Terr (47303)

Country Terrace (47303)

Cowan (47302)

Desoto (47303)

Hamilton Park (47303)

Hyde Park (47302)

Medford (47302)

New Burlington (47302)

Progress (47302)

Royerton (47303)

West Acres (47304)

Westport Addition (47304)

Westport Addn (47304)

Woodlawn Park (47303)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Albany 2,076 $57,344
Gaston 945 $45,000
Selma 735 $52,946
Springport 173 $41,250

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

Muncie Public Libraries

Library
Muncie Center Township Pl
2005 SOUTH HIGH ST
Muncie, Indiana
(765) 747-8201
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Muncie Hospitals

BALL MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
2401 UNIVERSITY AVENUE
(765) 747-3111
Emergency Service: Yes

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Muncie High Schools

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MUNCIE CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
801 N WALNUT ST
765-747-5260
Serves 1,230 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.1

MUNCIE SOUTHSIDE HIGH SCH
1601 E 26TH ST
765-747-5320
Serves 1,098 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.1

DELTA HIGH SCHOOL
3400 E SR 28
765-288-5597
Serves 894 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18

BURRIS LABORATORY SCHOOL
2000 UNIVERSITY AVE
765-285-8600
Serves 467 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.9

COWAN HIGH SCHOOL
9401 S NOTTINGHAM
765-289-7128
Serves 322 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

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WAGONER HALLS BALL ST UNIV
765-285-7457
Serves 292 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.5

YOUTH OPPORTUNITY CENTER
3700 W KILGORE AVE
765-747-5223
A Non-traditional School
Serves 104 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.1

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