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Overview

Introduction to Wabash, Indiana

Wabash, Indiana, in Wabash county, is 42 miles SW of Fort Wayne, Indiana and 73 miles N of Indianapolis, Indiana. The city has a population of 11,743.

Wabash History

Colonel David Burr, Alexander Worth and Colonel Hugh Hanna were the first European settlers in Wabash county. The county was established on January 30, 1833, while the city was incorporated in January of 1849. On March 31, 1880, Wabash became the first city in the world to be lit by electrical lighting. The name Wabash is apparently derived from the Indian term for "water over white stones."

Wabash and nearby Attractions

  • Wabash County Historical Museum
  • Seiberling Mansion
  • Hebrew Cemetery
  • Helm Creek
  • Frances Slocum State Recreation Area
  • Wabash Country Club

Things To Do In Wabash

Visitors interested in learning about the local history and culture of Wabash can plan a trip to the Wabash County Historical Museum. Another notable historic site that can be visited from Wabash is the Seiberling Mansion, the home of the Diamond Plate Glass Company's founder, Monroe Seiberling. The city is also close to a number of parks like the Pearson Mill State Recreation Area, the Doranew Holland State Recreation Area, the Frances Slocum State Recreation Area and the Mount Hope State Recreation Area. In addition, Wabash hosts the Paradise Arts Festival every year.

Wabash Transportation

Fort Wayne International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Wabash Higher Education

Opportunities for higher education are provided by Indiana Wesleyan University, Anderson University and Ball State University.

Demographics

People

Total Population10,272
Male Share of the Population47.2%
Female Share of the Population52.8%
Senior Citizens19.3%
Employed Population 16+5,135
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married48%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher12.3%
Median Earnings25+$28,898
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$30,109
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,081

Wealth

Median Family Income$51,203
% Above Poverty Level82.6%
% Below Poverty Level17.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time17 minutes
% Working from Home2%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.9%
% Using Public Transportation0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone34.7%
Median Gross Rent$640
Median House Value$77,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)15.4%
Irish13.8%
English7.1%
Dutch1.8%
French Except Basque1.5%
Polish1.2%
Italian0.8%
Scottish0.7%
Belgian0.4%
Russian0.4%
Czech0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Norwegian0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Greek0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Swedish0.2%
Swiss0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Icelander0.1%
Danishn0.1%
German0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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Wabash Almanac

CategoryValue
County Wabash County
Standard Zip Codes46992
Phone Area Codes260
Time ZoneAmerica/Indiana/Indianapolis
Approximate Latitude40.79
Approximate Longitude-85.82

Wabash 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
Distance1 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
Distance27.8 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
StationLOGANSPORT RADIO WSAL
Distance27.9 miles
Jan Temp14 to 33 F
Apr Temp38 to 61 F
Jul Temp63 to 85 F
Oct Temp41 to 65 F
Annual Precip35.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Andrews961$45,000
La Fontaine779$60,956
Lagro472$38,125
Mount Etna107$52,500
Peru11,510$47,728
Roann483$49,444

Wabash Public Libraries

Wabash Carnegie Public Library
188 WEST HILL STREET
Wabash, Indiana
(260) 563-2972

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Wabash Hospitals

Wabash County Hospital
(Government - Local)
710 N East St
(260) 563-3131

Wabash Public Schools

Heartland Career Center
79 S 200 W
ZIP: 46992
(260) 563-7481
High
Metro North Elementary School
3844 W 200 N
ZIP: 46992
(260) 563-8050
Primary
Total Enrollment 340
Northfield Jr-sr High School
154 W 200 N
ZIP: 46992
(260) 563-8050
High
Total Enrollment 509
O J Neighbours Elem Sch
1545 N Wabash St
ZIP: 46992
(260) 563-2345
Primary
Total Enrollment 616
Sharp Creek Elementary School
264 W 200 N
ZIP: 46992
(260) 563-8050
Primary
Total Enrollment 253
Southwood Elementary School
840 E Sr 124
ZIP: 46992
(260) 563-8050
Primary
Total Enrollment 507
Southwood Jr-sr High School
564 E Sr 124
ZIP: 46992
(260) 563-8050
High
Total Enrollment 516
Wabash High School
580 N Miami St
ZIP: 46992
(260) 563-4131
High
Total Enrollment 418
Wabash Middle School
150 Colerain St
ZIP: 46992
(260) 563-4137
Middle
Total Enrollment 432
Wabash/miami Area Prog Excpt
246 N 300 W
ZIP: 46992
(260) 563-8871
Other
White's Jr-sr High School
5233 S 50 E
ZIP: 46992
(260) 563-1150
High
Total Enrollment 109

Wabash Private Schools

Calvary Chapel Christian School
619 N State Road 13
ZIP: 46992
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 4
Emmanuel Christian School
129 Southwood Dr
ZIP: 46992
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 67
St Bernard Elementary School
191 N Cass St
ZIP: 46992
Elementary
Total Enrollment 57
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