Clay City, Indiana

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Clay City is a town in Harrison Township, Clay County, Indiana, United States. The population was 1,019 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Terre Haute Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Clay City was originally platted in 1873 under the name "Markland," but that name could not be used because another post office in Indiana used that name. The name "Huntersville" was adopted in honor of U.S. Congressman Morton C. Hunter. The Congressman was not popular in the local area, however, so residents objected to the name, and the name "Clay City" was eventually chosen by a local committee.[3]


Clay City is located at 39°16′37″N 87°6′43″W / 39.27694°N 87.11194°W / 39.27694; -87.11194 (39.277048, -87.112079)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.4 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,019 people, 442 households, and 281 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,906.9 people per square mile (742.3/km²). There were 473 housing units at an average density of 885.2/sq mi (344.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.92% White, 0.10% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.79% of the population.

There were 442 households out of which 28.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.1% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.2% were non-families. 33.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the town the population was spread out with 24.6% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 19.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 85.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.9 males.

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