Van Buren, Indiana

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Van Buren is a town in Van Buren Township, Grant County, Indiana, United States. The population was 887 at the 2006 census.



Van Buren is located at 40°37′1″N 85°30′23″W / 40.61694°N 85.50639°W / 40.61694; -85.50639 (40.616856, -85.506393)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.5 km²), all of it land. Joseph Boxell platted Van Buren Township in 1837. Martin Van Buren was the United States president at the time. In 1843 George H. D. Rood settled here and the creek that runs through the town was called Roods Run. As the area grew and developed it was called many names including Roods Corner, Roods Town, Roods Crossroads and Stringtown. In 1888 C.W. platted the area and it was known as Van Buren. In June 1892 the town became incorportated by the state of Indiana.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 935 people, 371 households, and 264 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,599.8 people per square mile (622.4/km²). There were 394 housing units at an average density of 674.1/sq mi (262.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.33% White, 0.11% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.86% from other races, and 1.28% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.39% of the population.

There were 371 households out of which 34.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.2% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.8% were non-families. 25.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the town the population was spread out with 28.8% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 94.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $36,719, and the median income for a family was $43,182. Males had a median income of $36,250 versus $21,111 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,403. About 8.7% of families and 9.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.6% of those under age 18 and 9.0% of those age 65 or over.

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