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Overview of Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States

Fort Wayne is the county seat of Allen County and is situated in northeastern Indiana, United States. Its population has reached 251,247, making Fort Wayne as the state's second largest city with Indianapolis being first. The city of Fort Wayne is named after the great statesman, U.S. Army General and American Revolutionary War combatant, General "Mad" Anthony Wayne. Fort Wayne's local economy is predominantly influenced by manufacturing, insurance and healthcare.

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  • Population: 251,247
  • Population Density: 2,605.7/mi²
  • Area: 79.12 /mi²
  • Latitude: 41.080556
  • Longitude: -85.139167
  • Weather: See Forecast
  • Elevation: 810
  • Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
  • Language: English
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History of Fort Wayne, Indiana

The city of Fort Wayne is named after the great statesman, U.S. Army General and American Revolutionary War combatant, General "Mad" Anthony Wayne. General Wayne fought in six battles of the American Revolutionary War and had ranked up quickly from Colonel, Brigadier General and finally to Major General. Fort Wayne was built by the U.S. Army in 1794 and was one of the last forts to be developed along the Maumee, St. Joseph and St. Marys Rivers of Indiana. The city is also known as The Summit City because it lays perpendicular of the locks on the Wabash and Erie Canal. At the turn of the millennium, the city has taken part in renovating and expanding the Main Library Ranch and the Grand Wayne Convention Center. There are massive development plans occurring in the downtown area which includes: a new baseball stadium, parking lots, condominiums and more.

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Fort Wayne's Demographics

Throughout most of the 19th Century, Fort Wayne experienced a huge population growth with the onset of German, Polish and Irish immigrants. As of July 2008, the city's population had reached 251,247. The cultural diversity of Fort Wayne consists of 75% Caucasian, 17% African American with smaller percentages of Hispanic, Latino, Asian and Native American. With Fort Wayne's growing population, the city has been ranked as the 71st largest in the country.

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Fort Wayne's Climate

Fort Wayne experiences hot and humid summers with the balance of cold, snowy winters. The summer months will typically range in temperatures from the mid-70s to mid-80s. The winter months will face temperatures dropping to the mid teens to mid-20s. However, due to the fact that Fort Wayne is situated surrounding the Wabash River and Maumee River Watersheds, the city faces frequent flood warnings during the winter season.

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Education in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Indiana University- Purdue University Fort Wayne is Indiana's fifth-largest university campus. Ivy Tech Community College is the second-largest community college located in Fort Wayne. The city also offers many religious and secular private colleges and universities, as well as technology and business based institutions.

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Transportation around Fort Wayne, Indiana

Fort Wayne International Airport is the third busiest airport in Indiana following Indianapolis International Airport and South Bend Regional Airport. About 650, 000 passengers travel through the airport every year. Fort Wayne International includes 12, 000 ft. runways and offers its facilities for local aviation training. Interstate 69 runs north through to Port Huron, Michigan and south through Fort Wayne to Indianapolis. Interstate 469 (Ronald Reagan Expressway) wraps itself around Fort Wayne and New Haven's northern and eastern borders.

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Tourism and Attractions of Fort Wayne

There is much to see in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The city is known for its five tallest towers, which includes The Summit Square at 442 ft and the Lincoln Bank Tower at 312 ft tall. Enjoy Fort Wayne's amusement parks, camp grounds, miniature golf, night clubs, auto racing and much, much more!

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Surrounding Communities

  • Fort Wayne
  • Aboite
  • Altona
  • Arcola
  • Ari
  • Avilla
  • Butler Cen
  • Churubusco
  • Coesse
  • Collins
  • Columbia City
  • Craigville
  • Decatur
  • Dixon
  • Dunfee
  • Edgerton
  • Ege
  • Garrett
  • Goblesville
  • Grabill
  • Harlan
  • Hoagland
  • Huntertown
  • Huntington
  • Kingsland
  • Laotto
  • Laud
  • Leo-Cedarville
  • Maples
  • Markle
  • Merrian
  • Monmounth
  • Monroeville
  • Murray
  • New Haven
  • Nine Mile
  • Ossian
  • Peabody
  • Perble
  • Roanoke
  • Spenceville
  • St. Joe
  • Swan
  • Tocsin
  • Towney
  • Tunker
  • unlondale
  • Williams
  • Woodburn
  • Yoder
  • Zanesville
  • Zulu

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Geography of Fort Wayne, Indiana

The city is known as The Summit City, however it does consist of flat lands and hills throughout the region. Fort Wayne's area is 79.12 square miles and its elevation reaches 810 feet.

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Fort Wayne's Government

The city of Fort Wayne operates as a mayor-council government . As of January 1st, 2008, Fort Wayne's mayor is Democrat, Tom Henry. The City Council is comprised of nine-member legislative groups that carry out four-year terms.

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Fort Wayne's Economy and Industry

Fort Wayne is a major manufacturing operating site, which includes employers such as, General Electric and Westinghouse. During WWII, the city produced and distributed the largest amount of copper wire in the world. Fort Wayne's local economy also consists of defense and security, healthcare and insurance.

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Fort Wayne's Culture and Significant Events

Fort Wayne excites and gathers the local community and many visitors to its four-day, BBQ Ribfest event held in mid-June at Headwaters Park. Germanfest and the Three Rivers Festival attracts fashion retailers, arts & crafts and more! Check out John & Ruth Rhinehart Music Center which opened in 2007 and accommodates local concerts and community events. The historic Embassy Theatre opens its doors to Broadway musicals, dances and lectures. The city also contains many beautiful museums with priceless works of art.

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Sports in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Fort Wayne appeals to any sports enthusiasts with its seven minor league sports franchises. The city supports local soccer, baseball, football, hockey and basketball teams. Did you know that the first major league baseball game was played at Fort Wayne on May 4th, 1871 between the Fort Wayne Kekiongas versus the Cleveland Forest Citys?

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Media of Fort Wayne

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette is the city's major, independent, daily newspaper. The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel is the city's second largest circulated newspaper and a Pulitzer Prize winner. Fort Wayne has the 105th largest radio market in the country. There are eclectic radio stations to choose from such as: pop, news/talk, classic rock and religious.

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