Terre Haute, Indiana

Terre Haute Business Signs

Terre Haute is a city located in the western portion of the present-day U.S. state of Indiana.  Prior to meddling by citizens of the United States, this area was inhabited by the Delaware (Lenape) peoples.  In 1818, however, the Treaty of St. Mary’s forced the Delaware to give up their claims to Indiana and Ohio.  As for Terre Haute itself, however, the area was named by French explorers who arrived during the early 18th century.  In French, ‘terre haute’ means ‘highland.’  It described the future city’s location above the Wabash River aptly.  Fort Harrison, which was built in 1811, is considered the first permanent population of European-Americans in the area.  Although at the time a Wea Indian village was located nearby.  Terre Haute, Indiana was officially incorporated into a town in 1832 and then incorporated into a city in 1853.

Today, according to a 2016 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Terre Haute, Indiana has a total population of 60,852 people.  According to that same 2016 estimate, the Terre Haute, Indiana metropolitan area has a total population of 170,943 people.

Terre Haute, Indiana is famous as a hub for higher education.  Otherwise, however, the city is also known for being a regional center for health care, the retail industry, recreation, entertainment, and the arts.  In fact, back in 2010, Indiana’s Chamber of Commerce named Terre Haute the “Community of the Year.”

Some of Terre Haute, Indiana’s major employers include Advics, Bemis Company, First Financial Bank, Sony Digital Audio Disc Corporation (or Sony DADC), Taghleef Industries, Inc., Terre Haute Regional Hospital, Union Hospital, and even GE Aviation.  Higher education provides Terre Haute, Indiana with many jobs as well.

Terre Haute, Indiana is home to several institutions of higher learning.  These include Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, and the most prominent one of the bunch, Indiana State University.  Indiana State University, which was established in 1865 as Indiana State Normal School, had an endowment of $56.5 million as of 2016.  As of 2017, Indiana State University has 12,531 students enrolled in its various programs.  This Doctoral/Research university is represented by the Indiana State University Sycamores, who play in the NCA, AASC, AACSB, and NCAA Division I – MVC.  The Sycamores have won one NCAA team championship and 29 NCAA Individual Championships.

Elsewhere in the city of Terre Haute, Indiana is the Vigo County Courthouse.  The Vigo County Courthouse, which is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, was completed in 1888 by architect Samuel Hannaford.  Hannaford built the Vigo County Courthouse in the Second Empire architectural style.

As for sports, Terre Haute is also home to the collegiate summer baseball team Terre Haute Rex, who play in the Prospect League.  The Rex play their home games at Bob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium.  The Terre Haute Rex have two division championships to their names, while only having been in existence since 2010.

Is there any chance you might be the lucky owner of a small business in and/or around the Terre Haute, Indiana area?  Have you ever thought about starting up such an endeavor?  In that case, listed below are some resources who may be able to help guide you:

Apply for a Business License in Terre Haute, Indiana:


Terre Haute Economic Development Corporation:


Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce:


Looking for Terre Haute business signs?

Get the word out there about your small business!  Contact one of our authorized Sign.com member sign shops:

Adcom Media Group

Gary, IN

Melvin Williams




DG Graphics

Martinsville, IN





GraphX Direct, Inc.

Fort Wayne, IN

Jason Price




High Hope Signs & Graphics

Morristown, IN

Matt Gross




J. Rowe Signs

Angola , IN

Judy Rowe




Speedy Vinyl Graphics

Indianapolis, IN

Bill Derbes




VR Custom Graphics

Sullivan, IN

Michael Fusco




Zero Degree Graphics, LLC

Elkhart, IN

Dustin Null