Fishers, Indiana is a city located on the northeastern tip of Indianapolis, Indiana. It is one of the fastest growing suburbs of the Indiana state capital, Indianapolis. It is a northerly community that has over time transformed from a modest railroad town into an upscale and vivacious city. It has one of the nation's fastest growing communities and, in 2005, was named by Money Magazine as one of the top 25 places to live in the country. Located in Hamilton County, Fishers has the distinction of being voted one of the Best Places to Live in the United States by Money Magazine. (1) Read on to find out why Fishers, Indiana continues to be a town of epic expansion and growth:
Conner Prairie Museum: Conner Prairie Museum is an outdoor history museum with costumed residents. The museum is located at 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, IN 46038. Their phone number is 317-776-6000 or toll free is 800-966-1836.
Fishers Freedom Festival: The Fishers Freedom Festival is a two-day event, held annually, to celebrate the Fourth of July. There are parades, fireworks, games, sports, food vendors, and other entertainment. It is good for the whole family. It is held at the Roy Holland Memorial Park, which is located off of 116th Street and Holland.
Average Climate in Fishers, Indiana
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Month Average High Average Low Average Precipitation Average Snowfall January 32.8 16.8 1.9 6.8 February 38.0 20.2 1.9 5.4 March 48.8 29.5 2.9 3.5 April 60.9 39.1 3.5 0.5 May 71.9 50.0 3.9 0.0 June 80.7 59.6 3.9 0.0 July 84.1 63.5 4.4 0.0 August 82.3 61.1 3.7 0.0 September 76.4 53.5 2.8 0.0 October 64.5 41.8 2.6 0.2 November 50.4 32.6 3.1 1.9 December 37.9 22.3 2.7 5.3 Annual 60.7 38.6 37.3 2.0
Because of its growing population and close proximity to the economic hub of Indiana, Indianapolis, Fishers, Indiana enjoys a balmy business climate that continues to grow. The Fishers business community contains nearly 1,500 companies, and there are plenty of opportunities for life science companies, corporate headquarters, advanced manufacturing, and distribution centers (2).
Much of the businesses in Fishers, from small, locally owned stores in downtown Fishers to the large corporate headquarters located in the town's suburban sprawl, are members of the Fishers Chamber of Commerce, a part of Fishers society that supports the cause of local business. More than 900 businesses make up the roster of the Chamber of Commerce, and a number of services that help businesses have originated with the Chamber, including networking services, community exposure, access to up to date community information, member discounts, and even business advocacy (3).
The top employers in Fishers, Indiana are a good indicator of the kind of corporate diversity that Fishers fosters; almost every field is represented in the list of Fishers' most prominent companies. The top employer in Fishers in Hamilton Southeastern Schools (4), a Fishers school district that runs twelve elementary schools, three junior high schools, and two high schools (5). Close behind Hamilton Southeastern Schools is Sallie Mae, the national loan company, followed by Roche Diagnostics, the Entertainment Distribution Company, U.S. Food Service, and John Wiley and Sons. The bottom of the list is rounded out by the Town of Fishers, Community Home Health Services, Target, and Wal-Mart (4).
Demographics and Population
As previously mentioned, Fishers has been the subject of a population boom in the last few years. The population rose from 37,835 in 2000 to almost 77,000 in 2010, a 103% increase. If you track the stats back farther, they become even more impressive: Fishers has grown by a walloping 506% in the past twenty years (4). The town has a population density of 3,555 people per square mile, and the median household income was $86,518 in 2007. 85.6% of the population is white, 5.6% are African American, 5.5% Asian, and 3.4% Latino; the rest of the ethnic makeup of Fishers is comprised of Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, and "other" (4).
There are plenty of Fishers things to do for families and individuals. One of the biggest Fishers attractions is the Conner Prairie Living History Museum, a time machine back to the 19th century where Fishers children can tour the pioneer village, participate in authentic Native American dances, and learn a little bit about the history of the Hoosier state (6). The Artists' Studio Center for Performing Arts is a local community theater that also offers drama classes (7), and the Fishers Banquet and Conference Center is a continual source of entertainment; it has entertained Michelle Obama, Robert Kennedy Jr., and Ethel and Max Kennedy (4). Other entertainment options in Fishers include Fishers restaurants like the Nickel Plate Bar and Grill and I Love Sushi, Ben and Ari's Fun Center, the historic Fishers Train Station, the Pinheads Entertainment Complex, and the Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve (8).
Three annual Fishers events keep residents excited throughout the year: the Fishers Freedom Festival, the Flavor of Fishers, and the Fishers Renaissance Faire (4). The Fishers Freedom Festival happens every year in June, just before the 4th of July. Taking place at Roy G. Holland Memorial Park, the Fishers Freedom Festival features a 5K walk/run called the Freedom Run, a parade, live Fishers music, and a huge fireworks show caps off the whole affair (9). The Flavor of Fishers event is sponsored by the Fishers Chamber of Commerce and held its first iteration in 2008; the Flavor features over 30 area restaurants, a Family Fun Zone with inflatable games, and the music of national and local bands (4). The Fishers Renaissance Faire is perhaps the most unique of these three festivals; it takes place every year at Conner Prairie and features hundreds of characters in period costume, jousting, armed combat, live music, and the wares of over 50 vendors (10).
Fishers Train Station
Fishers, Indiana was originally named Fishers Switch and then Fishers Station in reference to its location along the railroad. Today, the Indiana Transportation Museum has been designated as the operator for the line. The train now takes passengers to special events (such as the Indiana State Fair) and has future plans to run a line to downtown events. The Fishers Train Station is located off of 116th Street, half a mile west of Interstate 69.
Fishers is located at 39°57'22" North, 86°0'46" West (39.956177, -86.012754), along the West Fork of the White River. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 21.8 square miles (56.4 km2), of which, 21.7 square miles (56.2 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km2) of it is water. The total area is 0.46% water (4).
Instead of being run by a mayor, the city of Fishers, Indiana is led by the Town Council. The Town Council is a seven member governing body (plus the Clerk-Treasurer) that is elected by Fishers residents every four years. The Council holds legislative and executive powers in the city, while the Clerk-Treasurer manages the town's finances. The Town Council also appoints a town manager, whose duties include overseeing the Administration, Development, Public Works, Parks and Recreation, city services departments (Police, Fire, etc), Wastewater, and Information Technology sectors of government. As of 2011, the Town Council consists of Scott Faultless, Eileen Pritchard, Stuart Easley, Daniel Henke, David George, Arthur Levine, and Michael Colby (11).
Fishers was unofficially founded by its first white pioneer, William Conner (whose name the Conner Prairie Living History Museum still bears). Conner opened a fur trading post along the banks of the White River, an endeavor that eventually branched out into land speculation, farming, distillation, and milling. The construction of the Peru and Indianapolis Railroad in 1849 signaled the start of Fishers' boom period, a time that's still commemorated today by the Fishers Train Station. The town was officially platted as Fisher's Switch in 1872, and the name changed to Fishers for good in 1908. (12).
Several famous United States figures have come from Fishers, Indiana; Hollywood actress Frances Farmer is buried at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens in Fishers, and other famous natives of the town include Reggie Miller and Austin Croshere of the Indiana Pacers (4). Tony Gwynn, a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, is from Fishers, as is Alan Henderson, Zach Randolph, John Teerlinck, and many other Indianapolis sports figures (13).
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The Fishers education system is run by the Hamilton Southeastern School District, a district that serves over 19,000 Fishers children a day. Twelve elementary schools, three intermediate schools, three junior high schools, and two high schools make up this large Central Indiana school district (4). The list of Fishers schools is long and includes Fishers Elementary School, Fishers Junior High School, Fishers High School, Hoosier Road Elementary School, Sand Creek Intermediate School, Lantern Road Elementary School, Sand Creek Elementary School, New Britton Elementary School, Hamilton Southeastern High School, Cumberland Road Elementary School, the Goddard School, Brooks Elementary School, and Hamilton Southeastern Junior High School. (14)
The Fishers Police Department is committed to providing quality service to the always growing community. If you have an emergency dial 911 otherwise dial 317-595-3300. The police department is located at Four Municipal Drive, Fishers, Indiana 46038.
The Fishers Fire Department has over 110 career firefighters at five stations. The Fishers Fire Department also serves Delaware and Fall Creek Townships in addition to the Town of Fishers. In the event of a fire emergency call 911. For non-emergency calls dial 317-595-3200. The main office is located at Two Municipal Drive, Fishers, Indiana 46032.
Indianapolis Power & Light 317-261-8261
Vectren 1-800-777-2060 provides gas to Fishers, Indiana
IWC provides water services for Fishers, Indiana. They can be reached at 317-631-1431.
SBC is the phone company for Fishers, Indiana and can be reached at 317-556-4200.