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Mount Vernon, Indiana

Geography

Mount Vernon is located at 37 degrees56' 12" N 87 degrees53' 56" W 37.93667 degreesN 87.89889 degreesW

According to the 2010 census, the city has a total area of 2.86 square miles (7.4km2), of which 2.81 square miles (7.3km2) (or 98.25%) is land and 0.05 square miles (0.13km2) (or 1.75%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 7,478 people, 3,027 households, and 2,058 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,036.0 people per square mile (1,173.7/km2). There were 3,312 housing units at an average density of 1,344.7 per square mile (519.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.85% White, 2.65% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.25% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latina of any race were 0.56% of the population.

There were 3,027 households out of which 33.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.4% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.0% were non-families. 28.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.1% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 91.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $36,543, and the median income for a family was $49,432. Males had a median income of $40,045 versus $22,790 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,264. About 10.5% of families and 12.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.6% of those under age 18 and 13.0% of those age 65 or over.

Government

The city has a mayor and city council form of government. The mayor is elected in citywide vote. The city council consists of five members: four are elected from individual districts and one is elected at-large.

Industry

Mt. Vernon is the headquarters of a small oil refinery owned by the CountryMark agricultural cooperative. It processes more than 20,000 barrels of local crude oil per day. Mt. Vernon is also home to a former GE Plastics Plant, now owned by Saudi Arabia Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC). Vectren Energy's, A.B.Brown Generating Station and Babcock & Wilcox which produces numerous energy-related innovations is also addressed to Mt. Vernon.

The Ports of Indiana has negotiated with a second biofuels company to develop a plant at the Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon. The new facility, along with the Aventine Renewable Energy ethanol plant will make Mount Vernon an important energy port. The Aventine plant, which was developed by a partnership with Consolidated Grain and Barge, another company at the port, will be the largest ethanol plant east of the Mississippi River. It is expected to produce 110 million gallons of ethanol a year once it is up in full capacity. The Mount Vernon port is also the largest port for coal shipments in the U.S.

The John T. Myers Locks and Dam located 13 miles SW of Mount Vernon plays important shipping role for the area's river based industries.

Local Media

Mount Vernon is served by a weekly newspaper, The Mount Vernon Democrat and Posey County News, and radio stations WRCY-AM 1590 and WYFX-FM 106.7

Schools

The city and southern half of Posey County are served by the M.S.D. of Mount Vernon which currently operates 5 schools:

  • Mount Vernon Senior High School (9-12)
  • Mount Vernon Junior High (6-8)
  • Farmersville Elementary School (K-5)
  • Marrs Elementary School (K-5)
  • West Elementary School (K-5)
  • St Matthew's School (K-5) is operated under the auspices of the Diocese of Evansville

Rail Service

Evansville Western Railway, a short line railroad serving area industries both in Indiana and Illinois is headquartered in Mt Vernon.

Notable natives

Steckler was a federal judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Steckler was nominated by President Harry S. Truman on February 14, 1950, to a seat vacated by Robert C. Baltzell. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 4, 1950, and received his commission on April 7, 1950. He served as chief judge from 1954-1982. He assumed senior status on December 31, 1986. Steckler served in that capacity until March 8, 1995.

  • Gene Edward Brooks (1931-2004) was a federal judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Brooks was nominated by President Jimmy Carter on July 27, 1979, to a new seat created by 92 Stat. 1629; he was confirmed by the Senate on October 4, 1979, and received commission the next day. From 1987-1994, he served as the chief judge. He served the Southern District of Indiana until his retirement on December 31, 1996. Brooks was succeeded in this position by Richard Young.

  • H.Joel Deckard, (1942-), Born in Vandalia, Illinois. Deckard attended public schools in Mount Vernon, Indiana. He served as member of Indiana House of Representatives from 1966 to 1974 and was later elected to the US House of Representatives serving from 1979 to 1983. He was unsuccessful in his reelection bid in 1982 losing to Frank McCloskey.
  • William Harrow, (1822 1871), Union general in the Civil War. Born in Winchester, Kentucky, lived in Mount Vernon and is buried in Bellefontaine Cemetery just north of town.
  • Alvin P. Hovey, (1821 1891), Union general in the Civil War and Governor of Indiana 1889-1891. Played major role in Battle of Champion Hill during the Siege of Vicksburg. Born in Mount Vernon and is buried in Bellefontaine Cemetery.
  • Thomas Gamble Pitcher, (1824 1895), Union general in the Civil War and was 1845 graduate of the United States Military Academy later serving as Superintendent from 1866-1871. Born in Rockport, Indiana, lived in Mount Vernon and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery