Fishers, Indiana

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Fishers is a town located in Fall Creek and Delaware townships, Hamilton County, Indiana, with a population of 76,556, according to a special census conducted in 2007.[3] A suburb of Indianapolis, Fishers has grown rapidly in recent decades: about 350 people lived there in 1963, 2,000 in 1980, and only 7,200 as recently as 1990. Fishers was ranked the 24th best place to live in America by Money magazine in 2005[4], 33rd in 2006,[5] and 10th in 2008.[6] In 2009, Fishers was named America's best affordable suburb by BusinessWeek.[7] In 2010, Fishers was ranked eighth in the best places to live according to Money Magazine.[8]

Fishers was originally named Mudsock. Eventually, the name was changed to Fishers Switch, a reference to the railroad switch assignment. It was named after Salathial Fisher and was later shortened to just Fishers in 1908.[9]

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Geography

Fishers is located at 39°57'22" North, 86°0'46" West (39.956177, -86.012754)[10], along the West Fork of the White River.

According to the United States Census Bureau,the town has a total area of 21.8 square miles (56.4 km2), of which, 21.7 square miles (56.2 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km2) of it is water. The total area is 0.46% water.

Government

Despite being a large municipality, Fishers does not use a city form of government, unlike nearby Noblesville and Carmel, and therefore doesn't elect a mayor. Fishers instead uses the council/manager form of government. The government of Fishers is led by a seven-member town council and a clerk-treasurer. The town council holds both legislative and executive powers while the clerk-treasurer is responsible for financial matters. All are elected at-large for four-year terms. The council elects a council president, currently Scott Faultless, and vice president yearly. The council employs and oversees a town manager who is responsible for municipal personnel, budget, and day-to-day operations of the town government. Currently the town manager of Fishers is Gary Huff, ICMA-CM.

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