Fishers Indiana is a growing community with a strong history of family values and successful businesses. According to Money Magazines issue Best Places to Live, the Town of Fishers was named the tenth best place to live in the Nation for the third time. The major factors for the town of Fishers , IN to be listed in the top ten are its strong economy, reasonable home prices, and good schools. Fishers is the only Indiana community named in the list of 100 municipalities. Scott Faultless, Fishers Town Council President, proclaims it is the continuing effort from the residents of Fishers to build a world-class community comprised of top notch schools, accredited police and fire protection, beautiful parks and trails, commercial hubs, and community oriented businesses. Our residents, who played the biggest role in receiving this recognition, should be proud of this acknowledgement." Money Magazine states of Fishers, "When it comes to smart planning and sheer livability, others places could learn a lot from this little city in the Midwest."
Fishers , IN strives to provide continuing job growth, income increases, lower cost of living, affordable housing, school quality, arts and leisure options, safety, medical care, diversity and ease-of-living for every resident.
Residents of Fishers are educated by the Hamilton Southeastern School District. "Hamilton Southeastern Schools can attribute a great deal of its successes, including state and national recognition, to the high expectations of its community. The district's staff and students also enjoy an amazing degree of parental participation in school and school-related activities," said Jeff Sturgis, Hamilton Southeastern School Board President. Of the corporation's eight elementary, two intermediate, two junior high schools and one senior high school, nine schools hold a Four Star rating issued by the Indiana Department of Education, and the high school belongs to the North Central Association of College and Secondary Schools. Average SAT score is 1049; average ACT is 23. Total enrollment for Hamilton Southeastern schools is 10,717. The school district has also achieved significant successes in sports, music, arts, and other extracurricular activities.
Fishers features seven parks, walking paths, several golf courses, community pools, a new state of the art YMCA, and a youth sports organization. Geist and Morse Reservoirs provide convenient access to water recreation. The area is home to more than 40 churches representing most major denominations and many outstanding community service organizations enriching the quality of life in Fishers. Corporate headquarters and distribution centers, professional practices and manufacturing -- business has grown with Fishers' population growth.
Fishers quick facts:
Time Zone: Eastern (year round - no DST adjustment)
Population Information (2003):
Median age: 31.0 years
White (non-Hispanic): 88.5%
Black or African American: 4.6%
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.1%
More than one race: 1.4%
Household Information (2003):
Average household size: 2.75
Average family size: 3.24
Total number of housing units: 20,611
Occupied housing units: 18,996
Vacant housing units: 1,615
Educational Attainment (2000):
Percent high school graduate or higher: 98.2
Percent college graduate or higher: 60.1
Income Information (2000):
Median household income (in dollars): 75,638
Median family income (in dollars): 81,971
Per capita income (in dollars): 31,891
History of Fishers
1802: William Conner becomes the first permanent white settler in what is now present-day Fishers, Ind., and builds a log cabin and a trading post along the banks of the White River. The land upon which he settled eventually becomes Conner Prairie, which is today located within the Fishers town limits, and is one of the nation's most respected living history museums.
1816: President Madison approves Indiana's admission into the union as the 19th state.
1818: More white settlers come to the area after the Delaware Indians cede all their claims to lands in Indiana and Ohio to the United States government through the Treaty of St. Mary's.
1820: The State of Indiana legislature votes to designate a new state capital (which, in
1820, was Corydon, Ind.), and appoints a commission charged with that task. The commission meets at William Conner's cabin, and eventually recommends Indianapolis as the site for the State's new capital. John Finch establishes a horse-powered grinding mill and blacksmith shop, and the area's first school is established in a small cabin.
1821: The area's first water mill is constructed.
1822: Land in Delaware Township is surveyed and offered for sale as homesteads. John Conner, founder of Connersville, Ind., and brother of William Conner, purchases land.
1823: Hamilton County is chartered by the Indiana General Assembly. Delaware Township created.
1824: William Conner aids in serving justice in the wake of the Fall Creek Massacre that resulted in the murder of eight Indians. Five white men were tried for the crime; four were convicted and sentenced to death. The event marks the first time in U.S. history that white men are hanged for killing Indians.
1826: Ambassador House is built, and is later owned by Addison and India Harris. Addison Harrison is eventually appointed ambassador to the Austro-Hungarian Empire by U.S. President William McKinley. Today, Ambassador House sits on the grounds of Fishers' Heritage Park at White River, and plans for its restoration are being developed by Fishers' Historic Preservation Committee.
1827: The townships first log cabin school is erected.
1832: A "subscription," or private, school is established in Delaware Township.
1840: Threshing machines are introduced to the area.
1849: Construction begins on the Peru & Indianapolis Railroad.
1851: New Britton is platted near present-day 131st and Lantern Road.
1855: William Conner dies.
1861: The first soldiers from the area report for Civil War duty at Camp Morton in Indianapolis.
1872: Fisher's Switch, also known as Fishers Station, is platted by Salathial Fisher at the present-day 116th Street and the railroad. Fisher divides the land into lots; First post office established.
1891: Indiana's General Assembly incorporates Fisher's Station.
1893: Post office drops the apostrophe from the name Fishers Switch.
1908: Post office changes its name to Fishers by dropping "Switch."
1927: Hamilton County Historical Society places a marker on the site of the William Conner farm.
1934: Eli Lilly, grandson of Col. Eli Lilly, founder of what is today Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Company, purchases William Conner's former land and begins restoring the house.
1943: Geist Reservoir is constructed.
1963: Fishers High School graduates 24. Population is about 350.
1964: Eli Lilly gives Earlham College Conner Prairie; Hamilton Southeastern Schools (HSE) is created when the office of superintendent of county schools is eliminated. HSE holds first school board elections.
1972: Fishers adopts a zoning and master plan; Fishers' population is about 700.
1973: Interstate 69, which dissects Fishers, is completed.
1975: HSE High School graduates 110 students.
1976: HSE Middle School opens.
1980: Fishers' population is about 2,000.
1988: The First annual Freedom Festival is held. Fishers' population is about 7,000.
1990: Fishers' population is about 7,200.
1992: The Thomas A. Weaver Municipal Complex opens as Fishers' civic and government center. The campus-like complex is home to Fishers Town Hall, the Police and Fire Department headquarter buildings, the Fishers Post Office, the Hamilton County Convention and Visitor's Bureau and the Fishers Chamber of Commerce. Eventually, a library and a Bureau of Motor Vehicles are added.
1998: Fishers voters overwhelmingly reject a referendum to change the town to a city.
1999: Fishers Freedom Festival is named "Best Small Town Festival" in north central Indiana.
2000: Fishers' population grows to almost 38,000.
2003: Town of Fishers officials request a special census from the U.S. Census Bureau to accurately measure anticipated rapid population growth since 2000.
2004: Fishers wraps up its special census, and the Town's population is 52,390, which represents a 38 percent increase from the last census in 2000.
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