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Monticello, Indiana

City of Monticello
Motto: "Life With A Splash"
Location in the state of Indiana
Location in the state of Indiana
Country United States
State Indiana
County White
 • Mayor Kenneth Houston (D)
 • Total 3.69 sq mi (9.56 km2)
 • Land 3.47 sq mi (8.99 km2)
 • Water 0.22 sq mi (0.57 km2)  5.96%
Elevation 679 ft (207 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 5,378
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 5,342
 • Density 1,549.9/sq mi (598.4/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 47960
Area code(s) 574
FIPS code 18-50760[4]
GNIS feature ID 0439369[5]

Monticello ()[6] is a city in White County, Indiana, United States. The population was 5,378 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of White County.[7]

Monticello is known as a tourist destination in north-central Indiana and is home to the Indiana Beach amusement park, Lake Shafer, and Lake Freeman.


  • Geography 1
  • Demographics 2
    • 2010 census 2.1
    • 2000 census 2.2
  • History 3
  • Twin Lakes School Corporation 4
  • Tourism 5
  • Entertainment 6
  • Notable people 7
  • Miscellaneous 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


Monticello is located at (40.746709, -86.765359).[8]

According to the 2010 census, Monticello has a total area of 3.686 square miles (9.55 km2), of which 3.47 square miles (8.99 km2) (or 94.14%) is land and 0.216 square miles (0.56 km2) (or 5.86%) is water.[1]

James Culbertson Reynolds House in Monticello is listed on the National Register of Historic Places


2010 census

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 5,378 people, 2,179 households, and 1,319 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,549.9 inhabitants per square mile (598.4/km2). There were 2,457 housing units at an average density of 708.1 per square mile (273.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90.8% White or European American, 0.4% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 5.5% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.5% of the population.

There were 2,179 households of which 31.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.6% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.5% were non-families. 34.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.99.

The median age in the city was 40.4 years. 24% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.1% were from 25 to 44; 23.6% were from 45 to 64; and 21.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.3% male and 52.7% female.

2000 census

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 5,723 people, 2,268 households, and 1,417 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,047.9 people per square mile (792.0/km²). There were 2,414 housing units at an average density of 863.8 per square mile (334.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.39% White, 0.28% African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.59% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 5.96% from other races, and 1.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.22% of the population.

There were 2,268 households out of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.2% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.5% were non-families. 32.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.3% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 18.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,537, and the median income for a family was $42,831. Males had a median income of $30,478 versus $19,511 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,066. About 4.8% of families and 8.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.3% of those under age 18 and 9.7% of those age 65 or over.


Destroyed Presbyterian Church following the Super Outbreak

Monticello, Indiana sustained serious damage by a tornado on April 3, 1974, part of the

  • City of Monticello, Indiana website
  • Monticello Chamber of Commerce
  • , Monticello's NewspaperThe Herald Journal

External links

  1. ^ a b "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1".  
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  3. ^ "Population Estimates".  
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  6. ^ "Indiana Beach amusement park bought by California company". Washington Times (Associated Press). 3 September 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2015. California-based Apex Parks Group is taking over the park along Lake Shafer near Monticello (mahn-tuh-SEL’-oh) in northwestern Indiana. 
  7. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  9. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b Northern Indiana Office. "The Monticello Tornado".  
  12. ^ "'I'll never forget,' DHJ reader says of April 3, 1974". Monticello Daily Herald-Journal, 3 April 1975 supplement, 30.
  13. ^ Herald Journal Weekend Edition of September 3–4-5, 2005
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  16. ^ "Delphi native is Walgreen's new president and COO". Carroll County Comet. 2007-04-25. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  • Hamelle, W.H. (ed.) (1915). A Standard History of White County Indiana: An Authentic Narrative of the Past, with an Extended Survey of Modern Developments in the Progress of Town and Country. Chicago and New York: Lewis Publishing Company. Retrieved 2007-02-04. 


Monticello is the title and subject of a song in the musical Edges by Pasek and Paul

During the summer, various fishing tournaments are held on Monticello's twin lakes—Freeman and Shafer. Lake Shafer's shores are used as a campground. Indiana Beach is also located on this lake.


Notable people

The Madam Carroll, docked on Lake Freeman, offers scenic lake cruises with live entertainment. Dinner cruises are also held on certain dates.[15]

The lakes and campgrounds are popular tourist destinations, but the most well-known is Indiana Beach, an amusement park on Lake Shafer.

Monticello is home to one of the few surviving drive-in movie theaters in Indiana, the Lake Shore Drive-In. It has two movie screens playing (in total) 4 movies a night during the spring and summer months in Monticello. On Sunday mornings, a Methodist church service is offered.


Monticello's location between Lakes Shafer and Freeman and the proximity of Indiana Beach allow for a thriving tourism industry that plays a significant role in the city's economy. Although recreational options are geared primarily towards summer activities, the lakes are used throughout the year for fishing. Golfing and boating are available as three season sports. Additionally, Monticello has areas for cross country skiing, snowmobiling and ice skating in the winter.


The High School was heavily damaged by the 1974 tornado and had to be rebuilt. Students resumed classes in local churches and then in portable units erected near the location of the high school until reconstruction could be completed.

Twin Lakes School Corporation is the school system in Monticello. The Schools are Eastlawn (elementary), Oaklawn (elementary), Meadowlawn (elementary), Roosevelt Middle School, and Twin Lakes High School. Woodlawn Elementary School was previously part of the district until it was closed in 2013.[14]

Twin Lakes School Corporation

On September 2, 2005, Jordan Manufacturing burned down. The company manufactured outdoor furniture such as folding chairs, umbrellas, and seat cushions. Due to the materials used in making these products, four city blocks were contaminated with toxins. The blaze was large enough to require firefighters from seven surrounding communities to battle it and needed approximately "3000 gallons of water per minute for the first three hours of the blaze."[13] While such a fire might not be a big event for a larger city, it had a profound impact on Monticello, as Jordan Manufacturing was one of the few manufacturing plants left in the city after a recession in the 2000s.

bombing. World War II The local paper said the aftermath was similar to a [12]

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