|Town of Fortville|
Location of Fortville in Hancock County, Indiana.
|• Town Council||Michael Frischkorn (R), Council President|
Robert Holland (R), Vice-President
Tim Hexamer (R)
Lenzy Hendrix (I)
Fred "Fritz" Fentz (I)
|• Town Manager||Joe Renner|
|• Clerk-Treasurer||Melissa Glazier|
|• Total||2.91 sq mi (7.52 km2)|
|• Land||2.90 sq mi (7.50 km2)|
|• Water||0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)|
|Elevation||856 ft (261 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||1,379.57/sq mi (532.72/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (EST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0434692|
Fortville is located in the northwest corner of Hancock County, Indiana at (39.934740, -85.847237). It is approximately 25 miles (40.23 km) northeast of Downtown Indianapolis, Indiana and is a part of the Indianapolis metropolitan area.
According to the 2010 census, Fortville has a total area of 2.91 square miles (7.54 km2), of which 2.90 square miles (7.51 km2) (or 99.67%) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) (or 0.33%) is water.
Despite occasional droughts throughout central Indiana, Fortville has a steady and reliable supply of water because it is situated over a natural aquifer.
Fortville was originally called Walpole, and under the latter name was laid out and platted in 1849. It was named for Cephas Fort, the original owner of the town site. Fortville was incorporated as a town in 1865.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 3,929 people, 1,553 households, and 1,060 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,318.5 inhabitants per square mile (509.1/km2). There were 1,705 housing units at an average density of 572.1 per square mile (220.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.2% White, 1.3% Black, 0.3% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.9% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.3% of the population.
There were 1,553 households of which 37.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.6% were married couples living together, 14.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.7% were non-families. 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.03.
The median age in the town was 35.7 years. 28.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.4% were from 25 to 44; 24.1% were from 45 to 64; and 11.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 48.6% male and 51.4% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,444 people, 1,394 households, and 950 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,831.8 people per square mile (1,089.9/km²). There were 1,454 housing units at an average density of 1,195.5 per square mile (460.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.14% White, 0.06% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.73% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.74% of the population.
There were 1,394 households out of which 36.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.4% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.8% were non-families. 27.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.03.
In the town, the population was spread out with 27.8% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 33.0% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 91.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.2 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $42,642, and the median income for a family was $49,010. Males had a median income of $37,723 versus $25,951 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,745. About 4.3% of families and 6.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.8% of those under age 18 and 8.4% of those age 65 or over.
The Town of Fortville, founded in 1849, has been named a Tree City USA community for six consecutive years. The original town was called Phoebe's Corner (Walpole Post Office) and located two miles northwest of the current town. It was literally moved when the Bee Line Railroad was built. A large statue of a pink elephant drinking a martini and wearing eyeglasses is located outside of a local liquor store in Fortville. Residents[who?] say this is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the town. Besides SR 67 that passes through the town, historic Main Street can be found north of its stoplight. This 1890s business district is lined with brick historic buildings, trees, streetlights with flower baskets and local shops. Festivals at Christmas and Bastille Day occur on the Main Street and the nearby parks.
Landmark Park is located at Staat Street and Veteran's Court, just east of Main Street.
The entrance to Memorial Park is located just west of Church and McCarty streets.
The Fortville Redevelopment Commission was established in December 2002. The commission is responsible for the development of the industrial base within the Town of Fortville.
On April 8, 2003, the Town Council approved the resolution establishing approximately 26 acres (11 ha) of I-1 industrial property into a TIF district. The TIF district allows for the Municipality to install utility infrastructure to entice prospective partners to locate in Fortville. All of the lots in the Business Park have been sold. The two newest businesses are Plaquemaker and Holloway House.
Economic Development is seen as an important factor in the success of the community.
Fortville Action Inc. is a citizens group that has been instrumental in a grass roots redevelopment effort including the towns recognition as an Indiana Main Street Community.
Currently a comprehensive masterplan and Main Street redevelopment plan for the area is underway. The Master plan is entitled Envision Fortville with a steering committee composed of local residents, businesses, organizations and town council members.
The town has a lending library, the Fortville-Vernon Township Public Library.
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When the town was incorporated in 1865...
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