BASSETT is Allen County’s smallest incorporated city, with 21 residents calling the community home in 2009, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Bassett is located adjacent to Iola, south of Elm Creek, primarily east of Old US-169 and North of Gates Rubber.

Born as a company “boom” town at the turn of the 20th century, Bassett has lost almost 95% of its population since 1910. Today Bassett remains a close-knit community of approximately ten homes situated roughly between the shuttered Lehigh Portland Cement Plant that was the impetus for the town’s founding, and Gates Rubber, which occupies the site of many former Bassett homes.

Bassett Population 1910-2009

Source: US Census Bureau

Though the community has only a fraction of its original population and commercial base, there still exists a fledgling sense of place and community in Bassett. Time will tell what the future holds for this small, but proud, community.

Bassett At a Glance
Population (2009)21
Median Age (2000)33.5
Residents with HS degree or higher62.5%
Median Household Income (1999)$14,688
Residents Under 5 years (2000)9.1%
Residents 18 years and older86.4%
Residents Aged 65 or older9.1%

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