Location of Butler in DeKalb County, Indiana.
|Coordinates: 41°25′49″N 84°52′19″W|
|• Mayor||Ron Walter (R)|
|• Total||1.98 sq mi (5.12 km2)|
|• Land||1.98 sq mi (5.12 km2)|
|• Water||0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)|
|Elevation||866 ft (264 m)|
|• Density||1,363.36/sq mi (526.35/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (EST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0431897|
Butler was platted in 1856 when the railroad was extended to that point. It was likely named for David Butler, a pioneer. Butler was incorporated in as a town 1866, and as a city in 1903.
On July 23, 1966, Butler was one of the end points of a record-setting speed run by a New York Central RDC-3, M-497 Black Beetle, modified with a pair of jet engines, as the rail line between it and Stryker, Ohio, was both straight and flat. The car reached a speed of 183.68 mph (295.6 km/h), an American rail speed record that still stands today.
Butler is located at 41°25′49″N 84°52′19″W.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 2,684 people, 951 households, and 668 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,284.2 inhabitants per square mile (495.8/km2). There were 1,089 housing units at an average density of 521.1 per square mile (201.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.9% White, 0.5% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 2.3% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.3% of the population.
There were 951 households of which 43.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.8% were married couples living together, 15.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 9.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.8% were non-families. 24.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.17.
The median age in the city was 33.7 years. 29.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.1% were from 25 to 44; 22.7% were from 45 to 64; and 11.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.9% male and 50.1% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,725 people, 983 households, and 699 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,523.6 people per square mile (587.8/km²). There were 1,075 housing units at an average density of 601.1 per square mile (231.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.69% White, 0.15% African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 1.25% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.24% of the population.
There were 983 households out of which 40.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.8% were non-families. 23.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.17.
In the city, the population was spread out with 30.8% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 30.5% from 25 to 44, 18.3% from 45 to 64, and 10.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $37,250, and the median income for a family was $42,188. Males had a median income of $32,361 versus $21,404 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,040. About 5.5% of families and 9.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.7% of those under age 18 and 14.1% of those age 65 or over.
The government consists of a mayor and a city council. The mayor is elected in citywide vote. The city council consists of five members four are elected from individual districts. One is elected at-large.
The Butler Bulletin, serving eastern DeKalb County, was purchased by KPC Media Group Inc. in December 2005, from publisher Joe Shelton, who founded the newspaper in 1976. The editor is Jeff Jones, who has worked for the weekly since 1985. The newspaper is published by KPC Media Group, with its website at kpcnews.com
The city of Butler lies in the school district of DeKalb County Eastern Community Schools. The local schools city residents attend are:
- Butler Elementary
- Eastside Junior-Senior High School
- Riverdale Elementary
The city of Butler is served by the Butler Public Library. The library completed an expansion and renovation project in August 2009, nearly doubling its size. The expansion included a new Children's Department and Story Time Room, a new community room, Teen Zone and Genealogy Room.
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