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.


Total Population 61,061
Male Share of the Population 51.1%
Female Share of the Population 48.9%
Senior Citizens 13%
Employed Population 16+ 24,288
Age of the Population 32


% of people married 33.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.4%
Median Earnings25+ $25,092
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,053
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,276


Median Family Income $42,110
% Above Poverty Level 72.6%
% Below Poverty Level 27.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.3%
% Using Public Transportation 1.4%


People Living Alone 37.2%
Median Gross Rent $659
Median House Value $75,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.4%
US/American 0%
English 7.6%
Irish 10%

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

Terre Haute Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 70 miles W of Indianapolis, Indiana
County Vigo
Metro Area Terre Haute
Standard Zip Codes 47802, 47803, 47804, 47805, 47807
P.O. Box Zip Codes 47801, 47808
Company Zip Codes 47809, 47811, 47812, 47813, 47814
Phone Area Codes 812
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.466
Longitude -87.413

Terre Haute Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.1 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 35 F
Apr Temp 42 to 64 F
Jul Temp 65 to 87 F
Oct Temp 44 to 68 F
Annual Precip 42.4 inches
Distance 22.5 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 36 F
Apr Temp 42 to 64 F
Jul Temp 65 to 85 F
Oct Temp 44 to 67 F
Annual Precip 42.8 inches
Distance 22.9 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 36 F
Apr Temp 43 to 66 F
Jul Temp 65 to 87 F
Oct Temp 45 to 68 F
Annual Precip 44.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Allendale (47802)

Apache Acres (47805)

Bartley (47805)

Burnett (47805)

Cemar Estates (47805)

Dowden Acres (47802)

Ehrmandale (47805)

Grouseland (47805)

Holly Hills (47802)

Honey Creek Square (47802)

Keller (47802)

Kingswood Terra (47802)

Lake Noji (47802)

Lakeview Estates (47802)

Lakewood (47802)

Marquette Farm (47805)

Maryland (47802)

Marywood (47802)

Oak Grove (47802)

Paint Mill Lake (47802)

Prairie Village (47802)

Progress Acres (47805)

Rose Hill Gardens (47805)

Sandcut (47805)

Shawville (47805)

Southwood (47802)

Spelterville (47805)

Spring Hill Estates (47802)

Spring Valley Estates (47802)

Springwood (47805)

Tera North (47805)

Wonder Lake (47802)

Woodgate (47802)

Woodgate East (47802)

Youngstown (47802)

Youngstown Acres (47802)

Youngstown Meadows (47802)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Riley 171 $58,750
Rosedale 656 $40,156
Seelyville 919 $57,639
Staunton 562 $48,929
Universal 295 $37,778

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

Terre Haute Public Libraries

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Terre Haute, Indiana
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Terre Haute Hospitals

3901 S 7TH ST
(812) 232-0021
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(812) 238-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Terre Haute High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

Serves 2,042 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.4

3737 S 7TH ST
Serves 1,763 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 203 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.1

1201 S 13TH ST
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 95 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.2

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