Terre Haute is a city in Vigo County, Indiana near the state's western border with Illinois. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 60,785 and its metropolitan area had a population of 170,943. The city is the county seat of Vigo County and the self-proclaimed capital of the Wabash Valley. The federal death row is in Terre Haute at the Terre Haute Federal Correctional Complex.More
Terre Haute entered a period of economic decline once the coal mines were spent and the importance of the railroads diminished. The town was labeled a "bad labor town" following the Terre Haute General Strike of 1935 and the city center began a decline which it just recently has started to recover from. A non-profit group called Downtown Terre Haute has begun to revitalize the downtown area. Several new hotels and businesses have been added to the "Crossroads of America" near 7th & Wabash and outdoor events and festivals are area attractions nearly every weekend during the summer months.
In addition to the downtown business district and the south side, there are several smaller business districts in the city. The first suburban shopping area was Twelve Points, on the northeast side of town; later, Idaho Station developed near Seventh Street and Lockport Road. In the post-World War II era, auto-centered shopping developed on the east side at Meadows. Plaza North is another important shopping area in the northern city neighborhoods.More
Terre Haute is served by the Vigo County School Corporation. McLean Education Center is located on Lafayette Avenue and serves 200-300 students.
Terre Haute is home to Indiana State University (ISU). Indiana State has a student population of approximately 10,500. The Princeton Review has named ISU one of the nation’s “best value” undergraduate institutions. The Princeton Review has also placed ISU on its “Best in the Midwest” list of colleges and universities. The private engineering school Rose–Hulman Institute of Technology is located just east of the city, and is consistently rated as one of the top undergraduate engineering schools in the nation. The vocational schools Ivy Tech State College and Harrison College are also located in the city. Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, a four-year, private Roman Catholic women's college, is north of West Terre Haute, Indiana.More