Pike Township is a residential suburban community of approximately 72,000 people and an assessed valuation of $3.7 billion, resulting in one of the lowest tax rates in the state of Indiana. It is home to families with diverse social, cultural, ethnic, and economic backgrounds.
Pike Township is recognized as a richly diverse community throughout the State of Indiana. The township itself is comparatively young and getting younger as households with children replace aging empty nesters. The median age of Pike Township residents is 32, with the age group of 25-34 representing nearly 21% of the population. Our ethnicity is represented with a population comprised of 58% Caucasian residents, 32% African American residents, 6% Latino/Hispanic families, and 4% Asian/Pacific Islander community members.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, from 1970 to 2000, Pike Township has grown 377.4%, compared to a total gain among the nine townships in Marion County of 8.4%. From 1991 to 2001, Pike Township schools increased by 98% in the number of students enrolled.
The Pike community has a well-balanced mix of light industry and varied retail and shopping plazas that offer a variety of dining, entertainment, and employment opportunities.
Pike Township residents enjoy close proximity to all the excitement of downtown Indianapolis. A 15 minute drive enables Pike residents to access the Indianapolis International Airport and take advantage of various cultural, recreational, social, and sporting events in the nation’s 12th largest city.
Eagle Creek Park located in the northwest corner, provides a 5,000-acre nature facility for hiking, fishing, sailing, and skiing. It also includes a 27-hole golf course, bird sanctuary, archery range, woodland/wildlife preserve, and plenty of outdoor space for family activities.
Park 100, one of the country’s largest industrial, technological, and office complexes is located at the 71st Street Technology Corridor. Park 100 is home to several major companies including: Escient, Langham, Dow AgroSciences, Pearson, Future Farmers of America (FFA), and the Indianapolis Star Distribution Center.
The Indianapolis Colt’s Training Complex, is located on 56th Street, adjacent to the Pike Youth Soccer Fields. The Pike Soccer Fields have state-of-the-art facilities which serve more than 3,500 Pike Township youth.
The Community Legacy of Educational Achievement and Responsibility Center (C.L.E.A.R.),
located at Lincoln Middle School - 5353 W. 71st Street (Door 1A South, Room 113), is open Monday-Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Spanish-speaking translators are available Mondays and Tuesdays from 4-8 p.m. The C.L.E.A.R. Center is a computer lab, resource center, and conference facility where parents and students can take free computer training classes, access student academic records and work on homework with their students. It features 24 state-of-the-art computers equipped with various software programs and tutoring programs for student and community use and full-time programming and technical support staff is provided.
·The MSD of Pike Township is the largest employer in Pike Township, with 1,357 employees.
The Pike Performing Arts Center (PPAC),
located on the Pike High School campus, is a state-of-the-art facility that seats almost 1,500 in the auditorium and 150 in the studio theatre. Open since 1996, it provides educational programs for students and a subscription series of professional touring productions for the Indianapolis community.