Profile for Fort Wayne, Indiana, IN
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Fort Wayne is a city in Allen County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named after Gen. Anthony Wayne, who established the fort that grew into a village.
The latitude of Fort Wayne is 41.130N. The longitude is -85.128W.
It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 810 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 219,495.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Fort Wayne demographic reports
Fort Wayne is at the confluence of the St. Joseph and St. Mary's rivers, which combine to form the Maumee River.
The site once served as Miami Indian tribal headquarters.
Economic growth came with the opening of the Wabash and Erie Canal in the 1830s.
Claims to be the birthplace of night baseball; in 1883, a team of professional players from Quincy, IL, played students from Fort Wayne Methodist Episcopal College under the "rays of electric light." The pros won, 11-10.
Public transportation: Citilink (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 772. The number of murders and homicides was 19. The violent crime rate was 3.7 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Shelley Long, actress
· Bill Blass, fashion designer
· Carole Lombard, actress
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks, Panera Bread
Local festivals include:
- Three Rivers Festival - July 14-22, 2007
- Germanfest - June 3-10, 2007
- Chilifest - Aug. 10-11, 2007
- Johnny Appleseed Festival - Sept. 15-16, 2007
- Indiana Highland Games & Festival - June 9, 2007
Dates often change. Check Fort Wayne web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Heartland Chamber Chorale
Fort Wayne attractions: Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, Lakeside Gardens, Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory
Sports teams: Wizards (minor league baseball), Komets (United Hockey League)
Historic sites and museums: Lincoln Museum, Historic Fort Wayne, Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society Museum, Cathedral Museum
Colleges and universities:
Indiana University-Purdue University--Fort Wayne, Indiana Institute of Technology, University of St. Francis, Ivy Tech State College, Saint Francis College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 87
Fort Wayne is the City of Churches -- a hundred and fifty of them, and a new one going up every month or so.
-- An American Notebook
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Ancestry & family history
28% of Fort Wayne residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Fort Wayne ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Fort Wayne was $18,517, compared with $21,587 nationally.
19% of Fort Wayne residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Fort Wayne festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Three Rivers Festival - J
- Johnny Appleseed Festival - S
- Germanfest - J
- Indiana Highland Games & Festival - J
- Chilifest - A
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Historic districts in Fort Wayne include Oakdale Historic District, St. Peter's Square, West End Historic District, Williams--Woodland Park Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Fort Wayne, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $415. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $732.
Libraries in Fort Wayne include Aboite Branch, Allen County Public Library, Dupont Branch, Georgetown Branch, Hessen Cassel Branch, Little Turtle Branch, Pontiac Branch, Shawnee Branch, Tecumseh Branch, Waynedale Branch ... View libraries
Newspapers in Fort Wayne include Journal Gazette, News-Sentinel
TV stations in Fort Wayne include WANE, WFFT, WFWA, WISE, WPTA.
Allen County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Fort Wayne political report.
The average commute time for Fort Wayne workers is 20 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 25 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Fort Wayne between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 1.2 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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~ An American Notebook
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