Town of Bunker Hill

101 West Broadway
Bunker Hill, IN 46914


About the Town of Bunker Hill



Bunker Hill has a population of 987 according to the 2000 census, but despite its small size boasts several notables.

The town of Bunker Hill has a rich racing heritage.  Currently it is home to the Bunker Hill Drag Strip and the Bunker Hill Speedway.  It is also the birthplace of Tod Sloan.
James Forman "Tod" Sloan was born in Bunker Hill on August 10, 1874.  Mr. Sloan was a controversial figure during his career as an American thoroughbred horse racing jockey, but it was he who made popular the forward seat style of racing known as the "monkey crouch".  He was posthumously elected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1955, some 22 years after his death.

Bunker Hill is also home to the Maconaquah School Corporation and the Maconaquah High School Band.  Among the graduates from this school is Tavis Smiley who moved here from Mississippi as a child and is now a talk show host in Los Angeles, an author, and a political commentator.  Mr. Smiley founded the Tavis Smiley Foundation, which seeks to train the next generation of leaders in America.
The Nickel Plate Trail runs through Bunker Hill, and the town is home to the Grissom Air Reserve Base and the Grissom Air Museum.

Bunker Hill was platted in 1851 by James Myers, John Duckwall and Alexander Galbraith.

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 987 people, 397 households, and 277 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,262.6 people per square mile (866.1/km). There were 423 housing units at an average density of 969.7 per square mile (371.2/km). The racial makeup of the town was 94.93% White, 1.32% African American, 0.51% Native American, 0.61% Asian, 0.10% from other races, and 2.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.11% of the population.
There were 397 households out of which 36.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.9% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.0% were non-families. 27.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.02.
In the town the population was spread out with 29.1% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 94.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.7 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $36,154, and the median income for a family was $44,861. Males had a median income of $34,722 versus $22,625 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,000. About 3.3% of families and 7.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.7% of those under age 18 and 8.5% of those age 65 or over.

Information gathered from Wikipedia