is a town in Middlebury Township
, Elkhart County
, in the United States
. It is located approximately 15 miles east of Elkhart
, 35 miles east of South Bend
, 130 miles east of Chicago
, and 165 miles north of Indianapolis
. Middlebury is a small farm and manufacturing town nestled in Northern Indiana's Amish
Country. As of the 2000 census
, the town population was 2,956.
Middlebury is located at (41.673863, -85.709443).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.4 square miles (8.8 km²), all of it land. It sits on the banks of the Little Elkhart River in the middle of a mix of rolling hills and rural farm land.
Before the Europeans came to the region, the Miami
and later the Potawatomi
ruled the area. That changed in 1832, when the first settlers came from Middlebury, Vermont
. They chose this specific area because the rolling hills reminded them of Vermont. Later, in 1841, the first Amish
families came from Ohio
and settled in the countryside surrounding the town. Middlebury Township was organized in 1834 and the town of Middle was finally incorporated in 1868.
In 1888, the railroad finally came to Middlebury and began to diversify the town's economy to include manufacturing as well as farming.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 2,956 people, 1,068 households, and 822 families residing in the town. The population density
was 869.8 people per square mile (335.7/km²). There were 1,099 housing units at an average density of 323.4/sq mi (124.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.02% White
, 0.17% African American
, 0.14% Native American
, 1.29% Asian
, 0.07% Pacific Islander
, 0.27% from other races
, and 1.05% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 0.41% of the population.
There were 1,068 households out of which 42.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.2% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.0% were non-families. 20.3% 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 2.76 and the average family size was 3.20.
In the town the population was spread out with 31.9% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 10.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 96.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.1 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $55,000, and the median income for a family was $60,313. Males had a median income of $42,188 versus $24,917 for females. The per capita income for the town was $24,613. None of the families and 1.7% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 8.0% of those over 64.
The Middlebury Community School system attracts many families to the area. The grade alignment is K-3, 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Northridge
opened in 1969 and replaced the aging Middlebury and Jefferson Township High Schools. The high school will move into a new building for the 2008-09 school year, the old high school will become Northridge Middle School and Heritage Middle School will become and intermediate school.
Jefferson Elementary was torn down and replaced in 1998 shortly after Orchard View had opened in 1995. In addition to the schools, the Middlebury Library opened in 1991, and was expanded a decade later.
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Middlebury's economy is based on farming, manufacturing, and tourism.
Two major manufacturers of recreational vehicles, Jayco and Coachmen, have production facilities in Middlebury. Culver Duck Farms
, the 2nd largest white pekin duck
producer and grower in the United States is located in Middlebury, shipping 70,000+ ducks a week worldwide. Syndicate Systems' largest facility, for the manufacture of retail shelving is also located in town. The Meijer Central Kitchen produces deli salads for the entire Meijer
department store chain and is also a distribution center.
A lot of Middlebury's tourism revolves around the famous Das Dutchman Essenhaus
The Amish themed Restaurant, Inn, Conference Center, and shops serve over 750,000 people every year. The facility also has a wholesale food operation on site which ships various home-made products.