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Overview

Introduction to Terre Haute, Indiana

The Indiana city of Terre Haute is located in Vigo County and sits in the west-central part of the state along the east bank of the Wabash River. Situated approximately 78 miles west of Indianapolis, the city is only about six miles away from the state's western border with Illinois. Conveniently located on Indiana's major east-west artery, Interstate 70, the city is also accessible to the major north-south Interstates of 57 and 65. U.S. Highways 40 and 41 also serve the city. Nearby communities include West Terre Haute, North Terre Haute, Woodridge, and Seelyville.

Incorporated as a city in 1832, Terre Haute derived its name from an expression used by early 18th century French explorers to describe the terrain of the city, which lies on a high flat plain (the English translation of "terre haute" is "high land"). Terre Haute is home to Indiana State University. Other area institutes of higher learning include Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Terre Haute Points of Interest

Residents and visitors can find plenty to do in the Terre Haute area. For arts enthusiasts, the city offers the accredited Swope Art Museum along with five art galleries. Notable cultural sites include the Children's Science and Technology Museum of Terre Haute and the CANDLES (Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiment Survivors) Holocaust Museum, created by holocaust survivor and Terre Haute resident Eva Mozes Kor. Other cultural attractions include the Clabber Girl Museum and General Store, the Fire-Police Museum, the Native American Museum, and the Kleptz Antique Auto Museum.

Terre Haute and Vigo County also offer a wide assortment of leisure activities, including 24 local parks. Some of the area's more popular recreational spots are the following:

  • Bogey's Family Fun Center: Features go-carts, mini-golf, batting cages, and kiddie rides
  • Collett Park: A 21-acre site which is the oldest park in the Terre Haute Park System
  • Fairbanks Park: The Wabash River serves as a backdrop for this 145-acre park located near the downtown area
  • Inland Aquatics: 40,000 gallons on display featuring saltwater fish and coral hatchery
  • Terre Haute Action Track: A half-mile oval dirt track featuring sprints, midgets, modifieds, late models, and super stock race cars
  • Wabash Valley Dragway
  • Green Gables Equestrian Center
  • Wabash Valley Fairgrounds

Collegiate athletics in Terre Haute are the specialty of the Indiana State Sycamores, whose football team participates in the NCAA's Division I-AA Gateway Conference and whose other teams belong to the Division I Missouri Valley Conference. Indiana State is best known as the alma mater of basketball legend Larry Bird and World Champion gymnast Kurt Thomas. For pro sports, the city of Indianapolis, less than 90 minutes away, is a hotbed of action and home to the following teams:

  • Football: NFL's Indianapolis Colts
  • Basketball: NBA's Indiana Pacers
  • Minor League Baseball (International League): Indianapolis Indians (Class-AAA Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate)
  • Women's Basketball: WNBA's Indiana Fever
  • Hockey (United States Hockey League): USHL's Indiana Ice

Fans of auto racing recognize the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race (or Indy 500) as the nation's premier auto event. It is held annually every Memorial Day weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana, just outside of Indianapolis.

Terre Haute is also the former home of baseball Hall-of-Famers Max Carey and Mordecai "Three Fingers" Brown, and of former Major League pitchers Paul (Dizzy) Trout and Tommy John.

Demographics

People

Total Population61,021
Male Share of the Population51.6%
Female Share of the Population48.4%
Senior Citizens13.4%
Employed Population 16+24,607
Age of the Population33

Families

% of people married34.7%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher21.5%
Median Earnings25+$26,090
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$16,875
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,051

Wealth

Median Family Income$44,247
% Above Poverty Level73.6%
% Below Poverty Level26.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work6%
% Using Public Transportation1.3%

Housing

People Living Alone36%
Median Gross Rent$669
Median House Value$76,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)19.7%
German18.5%
Irish9.7%
English7.8%
French Except Basque2.6%
Italian2.5%
Polish1.9%
Dutch1.6%
Scottish1.5%
African1.1%
Welsh1.1%
Arab0.9%
Norwegian0.8%
Swedish0.6%
Czech0.3%
West Indian0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Russian0.2%
Jamaican0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Syrian0.2%
Greek0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Ukrainian0.1%
Kenyan0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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Terre Haute Almanac

CategoryValue
County Vigo County
Standard Zip Codes47802, 47803, 47804, 47807, 47805
P.O. Box Zip Codes47801, 47808
Company Zip Codes47809, 47811, 47812
Phone Area Codes812
Time ZoneAmerica/Indiana/Indianapolis
Approximate Latitude39.47
Approximate Longitude-87.38

Terre Haute Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationTERRE HAUTE IN STATE
Distance0.1 miles
Jan Temp18 to 35 F
Apr Temp42 to 64 F
Jul Temp65 to 87 F
Oct Temp44 to 68 F
Annual Precip42.4 inches
StationSHAKAMAK STATE PARK
Distance22.5 miles
Jan Temp18 to 36 F
Apr Temp42 to 64 F
Jul Temp65 to 85 F
Oct Temp44 to 67 F
Annual Precip42.8 inches
StationROCKVILLE
Distance22.9 miles
Jan Temp19 to 36 F
Apr Temp43 to 66 F
Jul Temp65 to 87 F
Oct Temp45 to 68 F
Annual Precip44.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Riley136$60,000
Rosedale684$51,250
Seelyville890$56,250
Staunton480$50,000
Universal230$32,083
West Terre Haute2,490$36,513

Terre Haute Public Libraries

Vigo County Public Library
ONE LIBRARY SQUARE
Terre Haute, Indiana
(812) 232-1113

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Terre Haute Hospitals

Hamilton Center Inc
(Government - State)
620 8th Ave
(812) 231-8285
Harsha Behavioral Center Inc
(Proprietary)
1420 E Crossing Blvd
(812) 298-8888
Union Hospital Inc
(Non-profit)
1606 N Seventh St
(812) 238-7606
Terre Haute Regional Hospital
(Proprietary)
3901 S Seventh St
(812) 232-0021

Terre Haute Public Schools

Blanche E Fuqua Elem Sch
1111 Wheeler Ave
ZIP: 47802
(812) 462-4304
Primary
Total Enrollment 364
Booker T Washington Alt Sch
3707 S 7th St
ZIP: 47802
(812) 462-4427
High
Total Enrollment 36
Dixie Bee Elementary School
1655 E Jessica Dr
ZIP: 47802
(812) 462-4445
Primary
Total Enrollment 654
Farrington Grove Elem Sch
1826 S 6th St
ZIP: 47802
(812) 462-4423
Primary
Total Enrollment 420
Honey Creek Middle Sch
6601 S Carlisle St
ZIP: 47802
(812) 462-4372
Middle
Total Enrollment 804
Hoosier Prairie Elem School
2800 W Harlan Dr
ZIP: 47802
(812) 462-4236
Primary
Total Enrollment 349
Sarah Scott Middle Sch
1000 Grant St
ZIP: 47802
(812) 462-4381
Middle
Total Enrollment 461
Sugar Grove Elementary School
2800 Wallace Ave
ZIP: 47802
(812) 462-4416
Primary
Total Enrollment 421
Terre Haute South Vigo High Sch
3737 S 7th St
ZIP: 47802
(812) 462-4252
High
Total Enrollment 1861
Adelaide De Vaney Elem Sch
1011 S Brown Ave
ZIP: 47803
(812) 462-4497
Primary
Total Enrollment 465
Lost Creek Elementary School
6701 Wabash Ave
ZIP: 47803
(812) 462-4456
Primary
Total Enrollment 650
Meadows Elementary School
55 S Brown Ave
ZIP: 47803
(812) 462-4301
Primary
Total Enrollment 330
Woodrow Wilson Middle Sch
301 S 25th St
ZIP: 47803
(812) 462-4396
Middle
Total Enrollment 863
Deming Elementary School
1750 8th Ave
ZIP: 47804
(812) 462-4431
Primary
Total Enrollment 314
Mclean Education Center (alt)
961 Lafayette Ave
ZIP: 47804
(812) 462-4330
Other
Total Enrollment 133
Ouabache Elementary School
501 Maple Ave
ZIP: 47804
(812) 462-4493
Primary
Total Enrollment 354
Terre Haute North Vigo High Sch
3434 Maple Ave
ZIP: 47804
(812) 462-4312
High
Total Enrollment 1837
Otter Creek Middle Sch
4801 N Lafayette St
ZIP: 47805
(812) 462-4391
Middle
Total Enrollment 885
Rio Grande Elementary School
5555 E Rio Grande Av
ZIP: 47805
(812) 462-4307
Primary
Total Enrollment 556
Terre Town Elementary School
2121 Boston Ave
ZIP: 47805
(812) 462-4385
Primary
Total Enrollment 695
Benjamin Franklin Elem School
1600 Dr Iverson C Bell Ln
ZIP: 47807
(812) 462-4441
Primary
Total Enrollment 360
Covered Bridge Spec Ed Dist
1320 Walnut St
ZIP: 47807
(812) 462-4030
Other
Davis Park Elementary School
310 S 18th St
ZIP: 47807
(812) 462-4425
Primary
Total Enrollment 404

Terre Haute Private Schools

Bible Baptist Academy
2500 Margaret Ave
ZIP: 47802
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 62
Holy Cross School
6401 S Us Highway 41
ZIP: 47802
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 61
Learning Tree Montessori School
1875 S Fruitridge Ave
ZIP: 47803
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
St Patrick Elementary School
449 S 19th St
ZIP: 47803
Elementary
Total Enrollment 257
Terre Haute Adventist School
Park St
ZIP: 47803
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 16
Community Christian School
2000 N 13th St
ZIP: 47804
Elementary
Total Enrollment 43
Cross T Preparatory & Heaven's Express
2929 N 7th St
ZIP: 47804
Elementary
Total Enrollment 37
Union Hospital Child Dev Center
1729 N 6th St
ZIP: 47804
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
Grace Baptist Church/school
1209 N 19th St
ZIP: 47807
Elementary
Total Enrollment 2
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