Knightstown, Indiana

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Knightstown is a town in Wayne Township, Henry County, Indiana, along the Big Blue River. The population was 2,148 at the 2000 census. Knightstown is famous for the 1986 movie Hoosiers. The Hoosier Gym was used in the filming of the movie. Knightstown hosts two annual festivals. Jubilee Days held in early-mid June and The Hoosier Fall Festival held in September. Knightstown also hosts an annual car show and a music series on the town square. The Hoosier Gym also hosts Indiana's best high school basketball players in the annual Hoosier Classic. Recently, many locals and beef jerkey officionatos have begun a grass roots movement to name Knightstown the "Beef Jerkey Capital of the World."



Knightstown is located at 39°47′48″N 85°31′42″W / 39.79667°N 85.52833°W / 39.79667; -85.52833 (39.796734, -85.528334)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,148 people, 915 households, and 595 families residing in the town. The population density was 3,026.2 people per square mile (1,168.1/km²). There were 979 housing units at an average density of 1,379.2/sq mi (532.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.02% White, 0.42% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.09% Asian, and 0.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.23% of the population.

There were 915 households out of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.9% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.9% were non-families. 31.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.93.

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