Wabash, city (1990 pop. 12,127), seat of Wabash co., N central Ind., on the Wabash River; inc. 1849. It is an agricultural trade center for wheat, corn, soybeans, vegetables, and fruit. There is diverse manufacturing. Wabash was the world's first electrically lighted city; one of the original street lamps is on exhibition in the county courthouse. Nearby Salamonie and Mississinewa dams (completed 1966 and 1967) provide flood protection and water recreation.
Wabash, river, c.475 mi (765 km) long, rising in Grand Lake, W Ohio, and flowing NW into Ind., then generally SW through Ind., becoming the Ind.-Ill. border before emptying into the Ohio River; largest northern tributary of the Ohio. The Wabash's major tributaries are the Tippecanoe and White rivers. Dams on the Wabash control floods, produce hydroelectricity, and regulate navigation; sand and gravel barges constitute the chief traffic on the river. In the fertile Wabash basin corn and livestock are raised. Vincennes, Terre Haute, and Lafayette, Ind. are on the Wabash.
Wabash is a city in Noble Township, Wabash County, Indiana, United States. The population was 11,342 at the 2006 census. The city is the county seat of Wabash County.

Wabash is notable as being the first electrically lighted city in the world, which was inaugurated on March 31, 1880.


Wabash is located at (40.800799, -85.827163).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.1 square miles (23.7 km²), of which, 8.9 square miles (23.1 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²) of it (2.73%) is water.

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As of the census of 2000, there were 11,743 people, 4,799 households, and 3,100 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,319.0 people per square mile (509.4/km²). There were 5,136 housing units at an average density of 576.9/sq mi (222.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.85% White, 0.37% African American, 1.06% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.41% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.46% of the population.

There were 4,799 households out of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.6% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.4% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.3% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,401, and the median income for a family was $44,016. Males had a median income of $32,324 versus $21,274 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,210. About 7.9% of families and 9.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.5% of those under age 18 and 8.8% of those age 65 or over.


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