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Broad Ripple
Historic Statistics

 

Foreword

     The following historical statistics refer to the Broad Ripple neighborhood, which in 1996 is defined by the Broad Ripple Village Association as the area bounded on the north by the White River, on the east by Evanston Avenue, on the West by Meridian Street and to the South by 56th Street (Kessler Boulevard).  The Census Bureau collects population and housing information by areas called census tracts, which in the case of the Broad Ripple neighborhood do not exactly conform to neighborhood boundaries.

     The numbers in the following charts, tables, and graphs represent the sum of the totals from five census tracts.  These tracts cover a slightly larger area than the one defined as Broad Ripple in several ways.  The southern boundary is 52nd Street.  The western boundary follows the canal corridor (instead of White River) to Illinois Street, heads north on Illinois to Kessler, and then picks up on White River.  The northern boundary continues to follow White River until it loops around to 62nd Street where it then follows 62nd to Keystone Avenue.  Keystone is the eastern boundary between 62nd and 56th Streets, where it cuts over east to the Norfolk & Western Railroad line and then angles back southwest to 52nd Street.

     The census tract area from which the numbers for Broad Ripple are drawn remains fairly stable over time except for a significant addition in area starting in 1960.  The area added in 1960 equals roughly one square mile, and so the totals may change noticeably.  Except for this shift, we believe the numbers are comparable across decennial periods, and provide reliable demonstrations of trends in the area.


TOTAL POPULATION

Broad Ripple

1930

1940

1950

1960

1970

1980

1990

Total Population

8,986

12,548

15,646

21,764

21,328

18,574

17,959

Percent Growth

39.64%

24.69%

39.10%

-2.00%

-12.91%

-3.31%

Racial Makeup

           

White

99.42%

99.45%

99.55%

99.86%

97.55%

94.72%

92.12%

Black

0.58%

0.55%

0.40%

0.11%

2.03%

4.38%

7.03%

Other

0.00%

0.00%

0.06%

0.02%

0.42%

0.89%

0.85%

Foreign Born

2.68%

2.59%

3.32%

2.97%

3.65%

2.99%

2.61%


Note:      “Other” refers to people whose reported race is Asian, Aleutian, or American Indian.  Hispanic origins are not considered a race but an ethnicity, and thus are not reflected in this table.

 

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Note:      The spike in the population growth for Indianapolis in 1970 represents the expansion of the city boundaries to include most of Marion County under Unigov.

 

 

AGE/GENDER

Broad Ripple

1930

1940

1950

1960

1970

1980

1990

Total Population

8,986

12,548

15,646

21,764

21,328

18,574

17,959

Males

4,241

5,859

7,278

10,007

9,607

8,577

8,450

Females

4,745

6,689

8,368

11,757

11,721

9,997

9,509

Age Group

             

Youth

29.82%

19.37%

26.24%

30.04%

28.81%

22.47%

21.60%

Seniors

4.79%

6.19%

9.12%

13.39%

17.85%

17.99%

14.23%

Note:      “Youth” is defined as population under 19 years of age, and “Seniors” are defined as those 65 years of age and older.

 

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EDUCATION

Broad Ripple

1940

1950

1960

1970

1980

1990

No Education

1.54%

2.26%

0.24%

0.44%

Not Reported

Not Reported

Grammar School

21.15%

14.34%

11.75%

10.92%

5.08%

1.49%

High School

43.19%

42.23%

44.10%

43.49%

32.48%

20.56%

HS Graduate

64.30%

71.37%

74.08%

78.25%

88.78%

94.55%

College

34.12%

41.17%

43.91%

45.15%

62.44%

77.95%

BA or higher degree

18.52%

22.82%

24.21%

26.48%

42.85%

53.79%


Note:      The “No Education” information was not reported for 1980 and 1990.

Note:      These numbers represent the highest grade completed of the adult population 25 years and older.



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MARITAL STATUS

Broad Ripple

1930

1940

1950

1960

1970

1980

1990

Males

             

Single

16.02%

Not Reported

15.37%

17.91%

21.25%

25.06%

30.81%

Married

80.29%

Not Reported

80.57%

78.51%

73.18%

65.70%

58.18%

Divorced/Widowed

3.69%

Not Reported

4.06%

3.58%

5.57%

9.24%

11.00%

Females

             

Single

19.85%

Not Reported

16.38%

17.34%

19.61%

21.16%

25.84%

Married

69.92%

Not Reported

68.12%

64.16%

57.27%

53.84%

50.00%

Divorced/Widowed

10.24%

Not Reported

15.50%

18.51%

23.13%

25.00%

24.16%


Note:      The numbers reflect the status of the population 15 years and older.  This question was not asked in 1940.



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HOUSEHOLDS

Broad Ripple

1950

1960

1970

1980

1990

Total Households

5,212

7,546

8,072

8,332

8,261

Average Size

3.00

2.88

2.22

2.19

2.15

Total Families

4,870

6,534

6,109

5,174

4,633

Married Couples

93.12%

90.86%

86.87%

85.00%

82.56%

Single Mothers

Not Reported

Not Reported

10.98%

12.50%

14.09%


Note:    Household is defined as all persons living in a single dwelling while a family includes only nuclear family members.

Note:    The information on single mothers was not collected before 1970.

 

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OCCUPATIONS

Broad Ripple

1940

1950

1960

1970

1980

1990

Professional/Managerial

20.60%

25.49%

24.12%

24.44%

27.07%

34.72%

Clerical/Technical

16.55%

17.03%

20.29%

22.69%

24.49%

26.52%

Craftsmen

3.69%

3.67%

3.41%

4.64%

5.06%

2.93%

Operatives

2.19%

2.02%

2.20%

2.78%

4.38%

2.18%

Services

4.77%

3.10%

2.28%

3.18%

2.58%

5.80%

Laborers

0.53%

0.51%

0.55%

2.06%

1.12%

1.17%

Other

0.58%

0.63%

2.76%

0.06%

0.45%

0.50%

None Reported

51.09%

47.55%

44.37%

40.16%

34.85%

26.19%


Note:      The numbers reflect the status of the adult population 16 years and older.

 

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INCOME

Broad Ripple

1950

1960

1970

1980

1990

Number Employed

17,898

16,902

11,775

9,836

8,365

Percent Employed

70.90%

58.69%

64.59%

49.51%

49.80%

Median Household Income

$3,087

$4,079

$5,872

$10,150

$14,690

Percent of Indianapolis

98.75%

79.51%

64.47%

58.74%

50.65%

Percent below poverty

Not Reported

Not Reported

21.53%

20.84%

33.49%


Note:      All incomes are self-reported per household, in contemporary dollar values and do not account for inflation.

Note:      Employment figures include only those who were employed at the time of the census, thus the numbers do not necessarily reflect chronic unemployment.

 

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HOUSING

Broad Ripple

1930

1940

1950

1960

1970

1980

1990

Total Number of Units

2,645

4,052

5,317

7,718

8,344

8,513

8,600

Vacant

0.83%

4.07%

2.01%

2.23%

3.26%

2.13%

3.94%

Housing Type

             

Single Family Units

98.98%

84.72%

82.08%

94.79%

79.46%

79.31%

80.19%

Multi-Family Units

1.02%

15.28%

17.92%

5.21%

20.54%

20.69%

19.81%

Housing Occupancy

             

Owner-Occupied

73.95%

67.05%

78.86%

79.97%

71.97%

70.56%

67.99%

Renter-Occupied

25.22%

28.87%

19.13%

17.80%

24.77%

27.48%

28.07%

Median Housing Value

Not Reported

$7,759

$16,550

$18,112

$19,105

$49,363

$87,716


Note:      “Median Housing Value” is reported in contemporary dollar values and do not account for inflation.

 

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