Shoals, Indiana

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Shoals is a town in Center and Halbert townships, Martin County, Indiana, United States. The population was 807 at the 2000 census. The city is the county seat of Martin County[3]. Home of rodeo champ Roger Atkison

Shoals is best known for the Jug Rock, the USA's largest free-standing table rock formation East of the Mississippi River. The Shoals Catfish Festival is held annually on the July 4th holiday weekend. Ryan Atkison, the son of Rodeo Champ Roger Atkison, hand catches each catfish that is fried in the annual event. Ryan, the youngest son of Roger, is currently a student at Paul Mitchell Beauty school in L.A. California, but returns to Shoals each summer for the festival. The youngest Atkison was mentioned on the cover of "Style" Magazine for his work with Lady GaGa before the VMA Awards this year, 2010.


Shoals is located at 38°39′59″N 86°47′33″W / 38.66639°N 86.7925°W / 38.66639; -86.7925 (38.666409, -86.792391)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km²), of which, 1.8 square miles (4.7 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (5.26%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 807 people, 377 households, and 214 families residing in the town. The population density was 448.0 people per square mile (173.1/km²). There were 420 housing units at an average density of 233.1/sq mi (90.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.52% White, 0.87% African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.12% from other races, and 1.24% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.49% of the population.

There were 377 households out of which 19.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.1% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.0% were non-families. 38.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.01 and the average family size was 2.65.

In the town the population was spread out with 17.0% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 26.3% from 45 to 64, and 22.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 100.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.8 males.

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