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Overview

Introduction to Peru, Indiana

Peru, Indiana, in Miami county, is 48 miles NE of Lafayette, Indiana and 68 miles N of Indianapolis, Indiana.

Peru History

The original inhabitants of this area were Native Americans. William N. Hood officially established Peru in 1834. A Catholic Church was established in the following year. During the early 20th century, Peru was home to the Model Automobile Company, a pioneering automobile manufacturer. However, it did not survive for long. Peru also used to be the winter headquarters of seven of the world's major circuses.

Peru and nearby Attractions

  • West City Park
  • Frances Siocum State Forest
  • Miami State Recreation Area
  • Grissom Air Museum
  • Circus Hall of Fame Museum
  • Miami County Historical Museum

Things To Do In Peru

Local annual festivals include the Cole Porter Festival, which is held in June, and Heritage Days, which is held every August. There are several interesting museums in the area as well, one of which is dedicated to circuses.

Peru Transportation

Indianapolis International is the nearest major airport.

Peru Higher Education

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

Demographics

People

Total Population11,415
Male Share of the Population49.3%
Female Share of the Population50.7%
Senior Citizens14.2%
Employed Population 16+4,359
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married43.4%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher10.8%
Median Earnings25+$27,133
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$14,315
Median Earnings With High School Degree$28,220

Wealth

Median Family Income$45,160
% Above Poverty Level75.3%
% Below Poverty Level24.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home0.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.3%
% Using Public Transportation0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone37.9%
Median Gross Rent$604
Median House Value$61,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)22%
Irish10.9%
English5.6%
Dutch3.1%
French Except Basque1.3%
Polish1.1%
Italian0.9%
Scottish0.7%
German0.3%
Welsh0.2%
Swedish0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
African0.2%
Luxemburger0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Canadian0.2%
US/American0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Barbadian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Russian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Romanian0.1%
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Peru Almanac

CategoryValue
County Miami County
Standard Zip Codes46970, 46971
Phone Area Codes765
Time ZoneAmerica/Indiana/Indianapolis
Approximate Latitude40.75
Approximate Longitude-86.06

Peru Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationWABASH
Distance13.4 miles
Jan Temp14 to 31 F
Apr Temp37 to 60 F
Jul Temp61 to 83 F
Oct Temp40 to 63 F
Annual Precip38.5 inches
StationROCHESTER
Distance23 miles
Jan Temp15 to 30 F
Apr Temp38 to 59 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp41 to 63 F
Annual Precip38.5 inches
StationWINAMAC 2 SSE
Distance33.1 miles
Jan Temp14 to 31 F
Apr Temp38 to 60 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp42 to 64 F
Annual Precip37.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Amboy319$65,313
Bunker Hill533$49,167
Denver516$48,125
Roann523$47,583
Wabash10,414$51,296
Walton1,356$49,917

Peru Public Libraries

Peru Public Library
102 EAST MAIN STREET
Peru, Indiana
(765) 473-3069

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Peru Hospitals

Dukes Memorial Hospital
(Proprietary)
275 W 12th St
(765) 472-8000

Peru Public Schools

Blair Pointe Upper Elementary
300 Blair Pike
ZIP: 46970
(765) 473-4741
Primary
Total Enrollment 661
Elmwood Primary Learning Center
515 N Wayne St
ZIP: 46970
(765) 473-7335
Primary
Total Enrollment 504
Peru High School
401 N Broadway
ZIP: 46970
(765) 472-3301
High
Total Enrollment 666
Peru Junior High School
30 E Daniel St
ZIP: 46970
(765) 473-3084
Middle
Total Enrollment 343
Pipe Creek Elementary School
3036 W 400 S
ZIP: 46970
(765) 473-3121
Primary
Total Enrollment 449

Peru Private Schools

Harmony Grove Schools
9836 E 450 N
ZIP: 46970
Elementary
Total Enrollment 17
Sources :
Study Online in Peru
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