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DeKalb County Court House, Auburn, Indiana
Auburn is a city located in DeKalb County, Indiana. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 12,074. Founded in 1836 by Wesley Park (1811-1868), the city is the county seat of DeKalb County.
Auburn is located at 41°21'56" North, 85°3'23" West (41.365505, -85.056355)1.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 12,074 people, 4,927 households, and 3,202 families residing in the city. The population density is 701.0/km² (1,816.2/mi²). There are 5,258 housing units at an average density of 305.3/km² (790.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 97.71% White, 0.35% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.61% from other races, and 0.80% from two or more races. 1.75% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 4,927 households out of which 33.4% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.2% are married couples living together, 10.1% have a female householder with no husband present, and 35.0% are non-families. 30.1% of all households are made up of individuals and 12.2% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.41 and the average family size is 2.99.
In the city the population is spread out with 26.4% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 13.7% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 34 years. For every 100 females there are 92.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 89.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $42,762, and the median income for a family is $52,687. Males have a median income of $38,007 versus $24,414 for females. The per capita income for the city is $20,945. 5.2% of the population and 2.9% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 3.4% of those under the age of 18 and 7.5% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
Events and Sites of Interest
Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum
Notable Natives & Former Residents
- Gordon Buehrig (1904-1990), automobile designer, lived in Auburn for two years while designing the 1935-1936 Auburn Speedster and is buried in Roselawn Cemetery.
- Errett Lobban Cord (1894-1974), industrialist, lived in Auburn while running the Auburn Automobile Company.
- Will Cuppy (1884-1949), humorist and journalist, was born in Auburn, graduated from Auburn High School and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery.
- Charles Eckhart (1841-1915), industrialist and philanthropist, founded the Eckhart Carriage Company, predecessor of the Auburn Automobile Company, and was Prohibition Party candidate for Governor of Indiana in 1900. He lived in Auburn from 1874 until his death and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.
- James I. Farley (1871-1948), member of US House of Representatives, 1933-1939, lived in Auburn while an executive of the Auburn Automobile Company and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.
- Donald Lash (1913-1994), track and field champion who won the 1938 Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the United States, graduated from Auburn High School.
- Charles A.O. McClellan (1835-1898), member of US House of Represenatives, 1889-1892, lived in Auburn and practiced law there.
- Mark Shaw (b. 1945), attorney, author and network television personality, was born in Auburn and graduated from Auburn High School.
- Rollie Zeider (1883-1967), major league baseball player, 1910-1918, played for Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, Chicago Chi-Feds, Chicago Whales and Chicago Cubs. He was born in Auburn and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.
The official city logo, pictured at right, is based on the logo of the former Auburn Automobile Company. The company went out of business in the 1930s. The municipality began using the logo in the 1980s. The city's official nickname is '"Home of the Classics,"' a reference to the "classic" automobiles once manufactured there.
- The acts that led to the US Supreme Court's decision in Stump v. Sparkman, 435 U.S. 349 (1978), the leading American case on judicial immunity, took place in Auburn in 1971.
- On June 28, 1988, four workers were asphyxiated at a local metal-plating plant in the worst confined-space industrial accident in US history. A fifth victim died two days later.
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