Boonville, Indiana

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This page is about the city in Indiana. For other communities of the same name, see Boonville (disambiguation)

Boonville is a city in Boon Township, Warrick County, Indiana, United States. The population was 6,834 at the 2000 census. The city is the county seat of Warrick County[3]. Founded in 1818 and named for Jesse Boon, father of Ratliff Boon. [4]However, many mistakenly believe it is named after Ratliff Boon, an early settler and Indiana's second governor, who supported the city becoming county seat.

President Abraham Lincoln studied law in Boonville. When Abraham Lincoln and his family moved from Kentucky to present-day Spencer County in 1816, their homestead was then considered to be within Boonville's Warrick County boundaries. The future president frequently walked to Boonville to borrow books and watch local attorney John Brackenridge[disambiguation needed] argue cases, thus earning Boonville the distinction of being "where Lincoln learned the law."



Boonville is located at 38°2′46″N 87°16′21″W / 38.04611°N 87.2725°W / 38.04611; -87.2725 (38.046231, -87.272544)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.7 km²), of which, 3.0 square miles (7.6 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.67%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,834 people, 2,688 households, and 1,854 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,318.9 people per square mile (894.4/km²). There were 2,910 housing units at an average density of 987.4/sq mi (380.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.51% White, 0.64% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.03% from other races, and 0.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.44% of the population.

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