Terre Haute, Indiana, City Facts and Higher Education Info

Terre Haute, Indiana, is a mid-sized city in the western part of the state. The city is home to a few colleges and universities offering undergraduate and graduate degrees. Keep reading to learn more about Terre Haute's attractions, population, economy and school options.

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Information about Terre Haute, Indiana

Indiana's 12th-largest city, Terre Haute has a population of 60,956 people, according to 2014 U.S. census estimates. It sits on the Wabash River and is the county seat of Vigo County. Terre Haute is intersected by Highways 63 and 40 and by Interstate 70. The average January low temperature is 19 degrees, and the month of July averages a high of 88 degrees Fahrenheit. The city's name means 'high land' in French and refers to the raised plateau above the river on which Terre Haute was built.

Terre Haute attractions include the CANDLES Holocaust Museum, the Swope Art Museum and the Children's Science and Technology Museum. Socialist leader Eugene V. Debs was a native of Terre Haute, as was composer Paul Dresser, who is best known for composing Indiana's state song, 'On the Banks of the Wabash'. The Clabber Girl Museum and Country Store is located here, along with a nature center, drag racing strip, pioneer village and numerous parks and golf courses.

Higher Education

Terre Haute has 5 postsecondary schools. It is home to Indiana State University, a public school enrolling about 13,000 students. The university has more than 100 majors available to undergraduate students, as well as master's and doctoral degrees, including programs in clinical psychology, geography and education.

The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, just to the east of the city, is a small, private engineering school. It is ranked first among undergraduate engineering programs at schools without doctoral programs, according to 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranking data.

A 2-year school, Ivy Tech Community College-Wabash Valley is also found in Terre Haute, along with a cosmetology school and a branch of Harrison College.

Economy and Employment

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of March 2016, the highest sector of employment in Terra Haute was government with 13,000 jobs. Trade, transportation, and utilities held 12,600 jobs, while education and health services held about 12,000 jobs.

Top employers in the city, as of 2015 statistics, are Union Hospital, Indiana State University and U.S. Federal Correctional Complex. The county government and school district both employ a large number of residents. Corporations and private businesses in the area include First Financial Corporation, Great Dane Trailers, Sony and Bemis.

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