Wabash, Indiana

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Wabash is a city in Noble Township, Wabash County, Indiana, United States. The population was 11,342 at the 2006 census. The city is the county seat of Wabash County[3].

Wabash is notable as being the first electrically lighted city in the world, which was inaugurated on March 31, 1880.[4]



Wabash is located at 40°48′3″N 85°49′38″W / 40.80083°N 85.82722°W / 40.80083; -85.82722 (40.800799, -85.827163)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.1 square miles (23.7 km²), of which, 8.9 square miles (23.1 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²) of it (2.73%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 11,743 people, 4,799 households, and 3,100 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,319.0 people per square mile (509.4/km²). There were 5,136 housing units at an average density of 576.9/sq mi (222.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.85% White, 0.37% African American, 1.06% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.41% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.46% of the population.

There were 4,799 households out of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.6% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.4% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.95.

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