Bainbridge, Indiana

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Bainbridge is a town in Monroe Township, Putnam County, Indiana, United States. The population was 743 at the 2000 census. This town was named after the prominent war hero of the time William Bainbridge. He was one of the captains of the original 6 frigates of the US navy. When Indiana officially became a state in 1816, Bainbridge's name was as well known and revered then as any celebrity today. He is perhaps most notoriously known, however, for grounding the U.S.S. Philadelphia on shoals outside of Tripoli. Bainbridge was good friends with Stephen Decatur (another prominent captain), who is honored to have Decatur, IN also named after him.



Bainbridge is located at 39°45′42″N 86°48′40″W / 39.76167°N 86.81111°W / 39.76167; -86.81111 (39.761640, -86.811157)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²), all of it land.

Bainbridge is well known for The Bon Ton restaurant. The Bon Ton has been serving citizens of Bainbridge and Putnam County for the past 73 years. Bon Ton was recently bought and there was a brief threat of its closure but the new owners did indeed continue the restaurant's legacy.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 743 people, 284 households, and 218 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,964.9 people per square mile (754.9/km²). There were 305 housing units at an average density of 806.6/sq mi (309.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.06% White, 0.27% African American, 0.27% Native American and 0.40% Asian. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.81% of the population.

There were 284 households out of which 39.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.2% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.9% were non-families. 20.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the town the population was spread out with 28.0% under the age of 18, 10.0% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 92.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.4 males.

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