Noblesville, Indiana
Downtown Noblesville
Downtown Noblesville
The Heart of Hamilton County
Location of Noblesville in Hamilton County, Indiana.
Location of Noblesville in Hamilton County, Indiana.
Coordinates: 40°01′30″N 85°57′10″W / 40.02500°N 85.95278°W / 40.02500; -85.95278
CountryUnited States
Incorporated (town)1851
Incorporated (city)1887
 • MayorChris Jensen (R)[citation needed]
 • Total35.82 sq mi (92.77 km2)
 • Land34.40 sq mi (89.08 km2)
 • Water1.42 sq mi (3.69 km2)
Elevation771 ft (235 m)
 • Total69,604
 • Density2,023.67/sq mi (781.34/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
46060, 46061, 46062
Area code317
FIPS code18-54180[3]
GNIS feature ID2395240[2]

Noblesville is a city in and the county seat of Hamilton County, Indiana, United States,[4] a part of the north Indianapolis suburbs along the White River. The population was 69,604 at the 2020 census, making it the state's 10th most populous city, up from 14th in 2010. The city is part of Delaware, Fall Creek, Noblesville, and Wayne townships.

Noblesville is home to Ruoff Music Center (formerly Klipsch Music Center and Deer Creek Music Center), the Indianapolis metro area’s primary outdoor music venue. Since its opening in 1989, the nearly 25,000-seat amphitheater has been a popular stop for many touring musicians, consistently ranking first (or in the top three) among outdoor music venues in the world, for ticket sales, according to Pollstar.[5]


Potter's Covered Bridge

Noblesville's history dates to 1818 when the government purchased the land that is now Hamilton County from the Native Americans in this area. William Conner, the only settler living in the area at the time, and his wife Mekinges Conner, a Lenape woman, established the first trading post in central Indiana in 1802 and lived in the area's first log cabin. William Conner and Josiah Polk laid out what is now downtown Noblesville in 1823, which was designated as the Hamilton County seat in 1824 and incorporated in 1851. Conner's 1823 home is now one of a village of historic buildings that make up Conner Prairie Pioneer Settlement, a living history museum south of Noblesville in Fishers.

Noblesville was named either for James Noble, one of the first two U.S. senators from Indiana, or, according to legend, for Lavina Noble of Indianapolis, to whom Josiah Polk was engaged.

The Peru and Indianapolis Railroad was completed through town in 1851, strengthening the town economically and causing the population to increase. In 1875 work began on the town's second railroad, the Anderson, Lebanon and St. Louis, later known as the Midland.[6]: 122 

The city's first large growth period occurred during the Indiana gas boom, with the discovery in 1888 of Noblesville's first natural gas well near 11th and Pleasant streets. Many Victorian homes, as well as most of the downtown commercial district, were built during this time of prosperity. The city has undergone another increase recently as its population grew from 28,590 in 2000 to 51,969 in 2010. This growth echoes the increase in population of much of southern Hamilton County due to its proximity to Indianapolis.

Noblesville was once noted for its flour mills, the mostly widely known of which was the Noblesville Milling Company, producer of Diadem and Kismet flours. In 1925, the manager of the company offered to buy uniforms for the local high school athletic team in exchange for the school adopting the nickname "Millers". The nickname persists to this day.[7]

Other prominent businesses included the Union Sanitary Manufacturing Company, the American Strawboard Company and Firestone Industrial Products.

Among the notable disasters that have struck the town are the Great Flood of 1913, an interurban wreck on the courthouse square in 1919,[6]: 126  and the Goeke fire of 1967. The fire, which began at the Paul Goeke auto dealership just off the square, destroyed two buildings and killed a firefighter'.

The old Hamilton County Sheriff's Residence and Jail on the southwest corner of the courthouse square in downtown Noblesville is now the home of the Hamilton County Museum of History. As a working jail, it once housed Charles Manson as a teenager and D. C. Stephenson, former Grand Dragon of the Indiana Ku Klux Klan. The Stephenson trial, which took place in the adjoining Hamilton County courthouse in 1925, broke the power of the Klan in Indiana and drew national attention to Noblesville. Stephenson was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of Madge Oberholtzer.

During the early 1920s, Noblesville was one of several Indiana towns where the Ku Klux Klan was active, but the Klan's influence quickly faded after Stephenson's conviction. In 1973 Klansmen staging a march in Noblesville were met by counter-demonstrators carrying anti-Klan placards.[8]

In 1995, a local contractor stumbled across a trunk containing Klan paraphernalia and membership records from the 1920s. The debate over how to handle the sensitive issue again put Noblesville in the national spotlight.[9] The Hamilton County Historical Society, which received donated materials, opted to keep the public from seeing the former members' names.

Noblesville also attracted national media attention in 1965 when Noblesville Daily Ledger editor James T. Neal was charged with contempt by Hamilton County Circuit Court judge Ed New. Neal's fight for the First Amendment went before the Indiana Supreme Court.[10] In May 2018, it drew national attention again as the Noblesville West Middle School was the site of a school shooting with a teacher and student injured.[11]

List of mayors

Term Mayor
1851 David Moss
1887 – 1889 Edgar C. Wilson
1889 – 1890 John F. Neal
1891 – 1894 James W. Smith
1895 – 1899 Edgar C. Wilson
1900 – 1902 Albert R. Baker
1903 – 1903 George Snyder
1904 – 1906 John L. Dulin
1907 – 1909 Edgar C. Wilson
1910 – 1917 Dr. E. C. Loehr
1918 – 1921 D. B. "Jack" McCoun
1922 – 1925 H. G. "Pop" Brown
1926 – 1929 J. X. Joseph
1930 – 1934 William E. Gifford
1935 – 1938 H. G. "Pop" Brown
1939 – 1951 Emmett R. Fertig
1952 – 1958 Herman Lawson
1958 Gordon Olvey
1958 – 1959 John R. Neal
1960 – 1963 Dale Hanshew
1963 John R. Neal
1964 – 1971 Joe Butler
1972 – 1975 Max Robinson
1976 – 1979 Robert V. Wical
1980 – 1987 Patricia Logan
1988 – 1995 Mary Sue Rowland
1996 – 2003 Dennis R. Redick
2004 – 2019 John Ditslear
2020 – present Chris Jensen


Current City Council

The Council consists of nine members (new as of January 1, 2016, when Noblesville became a Second Class City in Indiana). Three are elected across the city (at large) and six are elected specifically to certain areas of the city (districts). "Noblesville Common Council".

District Council member
1st Mike Davis
2nd Todd Thurston
3rd Aaron Smith
4th Mark Boice
5th David Johnson
6th Megan Wiles (Vice President)
At-Large Pete Schwartz
At-Large Darren Peterson (President)
At-Large Evan Elliott



Hamilton County Courthouse

The centerpiece of downtown Noblesville is the Courthouse Square, the location of the Hamilton County Courthouse (completed in 1879) and the Hamilton County Sheriff's Residence and Jail (constructed in 1876). Both buildings are fabulous examples of the Second Empire style featuring mansard roofs. Sites and buildings in Noblesville that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places include the Hamilton County Courthouse Square, the Catherine Street Historic District, Cole-Evans House, Conner Street Historic District, William Houston Craig House, Daniel Craycraft House, Dr. Samuel Harrell House, Holliday Hydroelectric Powerhouse and Dam, Nickel Plate Road Steam Locomotive No. 587, Noblesville Commercial Historic District, Noblesville Milling Company Mill, South 9th Street Historic District, Judge Earl S. Stone House, and Robert L. Wilson House.[14]


Noblesville is located in central Hamilton County and is bordered to the north by Cicero, to the south by Fishers and Carmel, and to the west by Westfield. A narrow portion of Noblesville extends east to the Madison County line, where it is bordered by the town of Ingalls.

Noblesville is 23 miles (37 km) north-northeast of downtown Indianapolis. Indiana State Road 37 is the main highway through the city, running east of downtown. It leads south to Interstate 69 in Fishers and thence to Indianapolis, and northeast 43 miles (69 km) to Marion. Conner Street, carrying state routes 32 and 38, is the main east–west road through the center of Noblesville. SR 32 leads east-northeast 18 miles (29 km) to Anderson and west 6 miles (10 km) to Westfield, while SR 38 leads east-southeast 14 miles (23 km) to Pendleton and northwest 13 miles (21 km) to Sheridan. Indiana State Road 19 runs north from Noblesville, leading 17 miles (27 km) to Tipton.

According to the 2010 census, Noblesville has a total area of 32.785 square miles (84.91 km2), of which 31.37 square miles (81.25 km2) (or 95.68%) is land and 1.415 square miles (3.66 km2) (or 4.32%) is water.[15]


Historical population
Source: US Census Bureau

As of 2000, the median income for a household in the city was $73,395, and the median per capita income was $33,732. Approximately 45.22% of the population has a higher education degree with over 87.3% of the population at least having a high school diploma or GED. The median housing value is $171,272 with a total of 17,915 housing units.

2010 census

As of the census[16] of 2010, there were 51,969 people, 19,080 households, and 13,989 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,656.6 inhabitants per square mile (639.6/km2). There were 21,121 housing units at an average density of 673.3 per square mile (260.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.1% White, 3.6% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.7% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.6% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.3% of the population.

There were 19,080 households, of which 42.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.3% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 26.7% were non-families. 21.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.15.

The median age in the city was 33 years. 30.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 33% were from 25 to 44; 21.6% were from 45 to 64; and 8.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.4% male and 51.6% female.

Arts and culture

There are many recreational amenities in Noblesville, including seven public and private golf courses, the Belfry Theater, Downtown Noblesville shopping and historic sightseeing, the extensive public park system including Forest Park and Dr. James A. Dillon Park, the Hamilton County Artists' Association and its Birdie Gallery,[17] Hamilton Town Center, Morse Park and Beach, Ruoff Music Center, and the White River Canoe Company. Annually, Noblesville hosts two outdoor festivals in the heart of downtown, the Indiana Peony Festival[18] and the Front Porch Music Festival,[19] drawing more than 40,000 visitors combined.


Most of Noblesville is in the Noblesville Schools school district, while a portion is in Hamilton Southeastern Schools.[20] Noblesville High School is the comprehensive high school of the former district. In the latter school district portions of Noblesville are served by two different comprehensive high schools: Fishers High School and Hamilton Southeastern High School.[21] Noblesville is also home to St. Theodore Guerin High School.

The city has a lending library, the Hamilton East Public Library.[22]

Sister cities

Noblesville has two sister cities as designated by Sister Cities International.[23]

Notable people


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  13. ^ "Noblesville Common Council".
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  19. ^ "Noblesville Front Porch Music Festival". Retrieved February 26, 2024.
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  21. ^ "Interactive School Boundary Map". Hamilton Southeastern Schools. Retrieved August 14, 2022. - Map viewer
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