Cayuga, Indiana

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Cayuga is a town in Eugene Township, Vermillion County, Indiana, United States. The population was 1,109 at the 2000 census.



When the town was laid out in 1827, it was called Eugene Station. It was later renamed after the lake and city of Cayuga in New York. The name is based on the Iroquois term Gwa-u-geh, meaning "the place of taking out" (in terms of a portage). Local legend attributes the name to the sound made by the horn of a Ford Model T.[3]


Cayuga is located at 39°56′50″N 87°27′53″W / 39.94722°N 87.46472°W / 39.94722; -87.46472 (39.947128, -87.464854)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.6 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,109 people, 466 households, and 313 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,106.8 people per square mile (428.2/km²). There were 517 housing units at an average density of 516.0/sq mi (199.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.38% White, 0.09% African American, 0.99% Native American, and 0.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.90% of the population.

There were 466 households out of which 29.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.9% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.8% were non-families. 30.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the town the population was spread out with 24.1% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 24.4% from 45 to 64, and 16.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 91.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $31,053, and the median income for a family was $40,536. Males had a median income of $30,179 versus $19,583 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,042. About 8.5% of families and 9.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.1% of those under age 18 and 11.2% of those age 65 or over.

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