Spencer, Indiana

Spencer, Indiana

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Spencer, Indiana
settlement_type = Town
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map_caption = Location of Spencer in the state of Indiana

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subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = United States
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_name1 = Indiana
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Owen
subdivision_type3 = Township
subdivision_name3 = Washington
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area_total_km2 = 3.3
area_land_km2 = 3.3
area_water_km2 = 0.0
area_total_sq_mi = 1.3
area_land_sq_mi = 1.3
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population_as_of = 2000
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population_total = 2508
population_density_km2 = 766.3
population_density_sq_mi = 1984.6

timezone = Eastern (EST)
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timezone_DST = EDT
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elevation_m = 171
elevation_ft = 561
latd = 39 |latm = 17 |lats = 13 |latNS = N
longd = 86 |longm = 45 |longs = 51 |longEW = W

postal_code_type = ZIP code
postal_code = 47460
area_code = 812
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blank_info = 18-71972GR|2
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blank1_info = 0443934GR|3
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Spencer is a town in Washington Township, Owen County, Indiana, United States. The population was 2,508 at the 2000 census. The city is the county seat of Owen CountyGR|6.


Spencer is located at coor dms|39|17|13|N|86|45|51|W|city (39.286848, -86.764225)GR|1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.3 km²), all of it land.


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 2,508 people, 1,090 households, and 659 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,984.6 people per square mile (768.5/km²). There were 1,193 housing units at an average density of 944.0/sq mi (365.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.52% White, 0.20% African American, 0.40% Asian, 0.24% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.60% of the population.

There were 1,090 households out of which 27.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.1% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.5% were non-families. 35.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the town the population was spread out with 23.0% under the age of 18, 10.1% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 20.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 83.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $28,664, and the median income for a family was $36,921. Males had a median income of $29,679 versus $21,531 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,843. About 8.4% of families and 9.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.2% of those under age 18 and 8.8% of those age 65 or over.


Spencer, Indiana was named after Captain Spier Spencer who died of drowning, ironically, in the Battle of Tippecanoe November 7, 1811.The Town of Spencer was laid out in 1820 and the first auction for lots took place.The first court house was built of logs and replaced in 1825 with a brick courthouse. That courthouse stood until 1910 when the current courthouse was constructed to replace it.In 1890 a steam driven dynamo was installed in Spencer for carbon arc street lights. Spencer also recently passed Indianapolis as the town with the most married couples with children per capita in the state.

"Owen Valley Community High School" is located in Spencer with 980 students and more than 100 faculty members. Built in 1971, OVHS is the result of a consolidation of several smaller schools located within Owen County. Owen Valley's mascot is the Patriot, and the school's colors are red, white and blue. The school's newspaper is the "Patriot Guide", and the yearbook is the Triad, Tri- meaning the three schools that were merged to make Owen Valley High School.


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