Muncie – Travel guide at Wikivoyage (2024)

Muncie, named after the "Munsee" clan of Lenape people and home to Ball State University, is a city in the east of Central Indiana. It was an industrial titan in its time but then felt the effects of deindustrialization.

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Map of Muncie

Get around

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  • Muncie Indiana Transit System (MITS), +1-765-289-MITS (6487). Muncie – Travel guide at Wikivoyage (2) Muncie – Travel guide at Wikivoyage (3) (updated Oct 2019)
    • Bus service: 14 fixed route bus transportation within the Muncie city limits provide service to most shopping, medical, employment, residential, recreational, and governmental locations. Buses operate Monday through Saturday on all but six holidays.
    • MITSPlus: for people with a disability, MITS provides door-to-door service. An advance reservation is required and customers must be certified as needing the service. MITSPlus provides service M-F 6AM-9PM, Sa 7:45AM-6:15PM

See

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  • 1 Christy Woods (southwest corner of the Ball State University campus). Arboretum and botanical garden, including the Wheeler Orchid Collection and Species Bank, which hosts over 1,200 plants Muncie – Travel guide at Wikivoyage (4) Muncie – Travel guide at Wikivoyage (5)
  • 2 Downtown Muncie (Downtown Muncie), Walnut Street. Downtown Muncie is an arts and culture district in the heart of the city. The charm of Muncie's historic downtown is in our unique places to shop like The Caffeinery, locally favorite restaurants like Vera Mae's Bistro, six art galleries and four museums. From popular events like Rib Fest and Muncie Gras, to the Free Friday Night Movies for kids in the summer, there is something for everyone in Downtown Muncie, Indiana!

History

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  • 3 David Owsley Museum of Art (Ball State University Museum of Art). Muncie – Travel guide at Wikivoyage (6) Muncie – Travel guide at Wikivoyage (7)
  • 4 Cincinnati, Richmond & Muncie Depot, 700 E. Wysor St. Restored train station. On display inside are photos and artifacts from the region's railroad history as well as photographs of the surrounding communities. Muncie – Travel guide at Wikivoyage (8) Muncie – Travel guide at Wikivoyage (9)
  • 5 Muncie Children's Museum. (updated Oct 2019)
  • 6 Minnetrista. Muncie – Travel guide at Wikivoyage (10) Muncie – Travel guide at Wikivoyage (11) (updated Oct 2019)

Public art

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  • 7 Appeal to the Great Spirit statue, at the corner of Walnut Street and Granville Avenue (near Central High School).
  • Beneficence statue, just off University Avenue on the Ball State University campus.
  • 8 Shafer Tower. Muncie – Travel guide at Wikivoyage (12) Muncie – Travel guide at Wikivoyage (13) (updated Oct 2019)

Do

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  • Cardinal Greenway. The longest rails-to-trails project in Indiana.
  • 1 Academy of Model Aeronautics. Model Airplane Museum,World Championship Model Airplanes Muncie – Travel guide at Wikivoyage (14) Muncie – Travel guide at Wikivoyage (15)
  • 2 Ball State University Observatory. Hosts public observation events. Muncie – Travel guide at Wikivoyage (16) Muncie – Travel guide at Wikivoyage (17) (updated Oct 2019)

Arts

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  • 3 Cornerstone Center for the Arts. (updated Oct 2019)
  • 4 Muncie Civic Theater. (updated Oct 2019)
  • 5 John R. Emens College-Community Auditorium. Hosts theatrical events. Muncie – Travel guide at Wikivoyage (18) Muncie – Travel guide at Wikivoyage (19) (updated Oct 2019)
  • Arts Place, 131 E. Walnut St, Portland (30 mi NE of Muncie), +1 260 726-4809. Community art center that features a theater, art galleries, classrooms, and studios in a beautiful park in downtown Portland. Music and dance performances are featured in the theater, past performers include new age artist George Winston. They showcase art from the Midwest.
  • The Bob Ross Experience, 620 W Minnetrista Blvd. In keeping with the spirit of the Bob Ross a la Joy Of Painting show that used to be recorded in this home, this venue that is part of the Minnetrista gives you a chance to learn more about the highly regarded artist or create a painting like Bob used to. +1 765-327-8793

Buy

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  • Jack's Camera Shop, 300 E. Main St, +1 765-282-0204. M-Sa 9AM-5:30PM. Great camera shop specializing in new and used cameras. Full service photo lab on site.
  • 1 Muncie Mall. Muncie – Travel guide at Wikivoyage (20) Muncie – Travel guide at Wikivoyage (21) (updated Oct 2019)
  • 2 Muncie Music Center, 600 S Mulbery St. Sells and rents musical instruments (updated Oct 2019)
  • Ghyslain Chocolatier, 350 W. Deerfield Rd, Union City, toll-free: +1-866-449-7524. Internationally acclaimed chocolate chain. Enjoy tasty in-house made treats and chocolates, take a tour of the facilities and enjoy lunch there as well.

Eat

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  • Yats, 1625 W University Ave. On a cold Muncie day you can come in here and get some gumbo or other spicy Cajun food to warm you up. +1 765-587-2930

Drink

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  • 1 Heorot Pub and Draught House, 219 S Walnut St, +1 765 287-0173. 11AM-3AM.
  • 2 Vera Mae's Bistro, 209 South Walnut St, +1 765 747-4941. Very nice establishment downtown. Food and service is very good. Items on the menus are varied and in constant circulation. Ambience is superb, especially in the evenings and on holidays.

Sleep

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  • Best Western Muncie, 3011 W Bethel Avenue, +1 765 282-6600, fax: +1 765 282-0377.
  • 1 Comfort Inn & Suites, 3400 N. Marleon Dr (left @ IHOP, left @ first stop sign; hotel is on left), +1 765-587-0294. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon. 100% non-smoking, indoor pool, fitness center, microfridges in all rooms, free Internet from $88.
  • Fairfield Inn Muncie, +1 765 282-6666, fax: +1 765 282-6666. 4011 W Bethel.
  • 2 Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 4201 W Bethel Pike, +1 765 289-4678.
  • 3 Courtyard by Mariott, 601 S High St (Downtown), +1-765-287-8550. Includes complementary Wi-Fi. $125. (updated Oct 2019)

Connect

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Cope

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  • 2 YMCA, 500 S Mulberry St, +1-765-288-4448. Gym with pool. (updated Oct 2019)

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What is the poverty rate in Muncie Indiana? ›

The average household income in Muncie is $55,010 with a poverty rate of 30.43%.

Is Muncie, Indiana a good place to live? ›

Muncie is a great place to live with many opportunities for all population groups. There are many jobs available and education for those looking to further their education. I love that we have Beyond I Can and The Special Needs Prom. The Arts Walk is awesome and First Thursdays.

What is muncie in known for? ›

From the late 19th century, Muncie's economic backbone has been industry, primarily manufacturing. The Indiana Gas Boom of the 1880s drew many factories to the region. The Ball Brothers moved their glass factory from Buffalo to Muncie, beginning glass production there on March 1, 1888.

What is the poorest place in Indiana? ›

Indiana's median household income in 2021 was estimated at $62,000. As for education, 18.5% of Indiana's population over 25 hold bachelor's degrees, and 38.2% of people aged 18 – 24 hold some college degree. The report names Bloomington the poorest city in Indiana, with a poverty rate of 34.3%.

Who is the largest employer in Muncie Indiana? ›

Ball State University

What percentage of blacks are in Muncie Indiana? ›

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Muncie, IN are White (Non-Hispanic) (79.4%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (10.1%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (4.47%), White (Hispanic) (2.12%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (2.08%).

What is the safest small town in Indiana? ›

1. Zionsville. Zionsville tops the list of Indiana's safest cities list. Located in the southeast area of Boone County, Zionsville is a town of more than 27,000 and located a mere 20 miles away from Indianapolis.

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7 Best Places to Live in Indiana
#CityPopulation
1.Zionsville30,832
2.Westfield48,262
3.Indianapolis891,604
4.Fort Wayne264,514
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Why is Muncie called Little Chicago? ›

Muncie gained the nickname “l*ttle Chicago” during the Prohibition era of the 1920s because gambling, prostitution and bootleg liquor were big crime industries in the city.

Why is Muncie called Magic city? ›

“The phrase 'Magic in Muncie,' stuck in my head, and then Kirsten and her colleague Natalie pointed out that Muncie used to be called Magic City.” Muncie was first called Magic City in the late 1880s, after the natural gas discovery launched Muncie to near-overnight prosperity.

What is the pop culture in Muncie Indiana? ›

Other Pop Culture

Some of the biggest ones Muncie has been noted for include "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," "The Hudsucker Proxy," "Hoosiers," "Agents of Shield" and "Supernatural." Popular online sensations have also been started right here in Muncie as well.

What is Indiana poverty level income? ›

Federal Poverty Level Income Chart
Household sizeMonthly income limit for HIP Basic eligibilityMonthly income limit for HIP Plus eligibility*
1$1,255$1,732
2$1,704$2,351.20
3$2,152$2,969.60
4$2,600$3,588
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How many homeless people are in Muncie? ›

The issue of homelessness has been growing in Muncie. The number of local homeless people has been estimated at between 240 and 280 people, and Baldwin suspects that inflation, especially the rising price of food, has tipped some into homelessness, along with addiction and mental health problems.

Is Muncie Indiana a expensive city? ›

The cost of living in Muncie, IN is 4% lower than the state average and 12% lower than the national average. Muncie, IN housing is 37% cheaper than the U.S average, while utilities are about 12% pricier.

Is the population of Muncie Indiana declining? ›

In 2022, Muncie, IN had a population of 65.2k people with a median age of 29 and a median household income of $40,309. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Muncie, IN declined from 65,571 to 65,167, a −0.616% decrease and its median household income grew from $36,661 to $40,309, a 9.95% increase.

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