Hancock County: big-city excitement with small-town advantages.


Hancock County, Indiana is the eastern doorway to everything Indianapolis has to offer, just minutes from Downtown and its museums, restaurants, shopping, and music. If you’re a sports fan, you’ll appreciate fast access to exciting Colts football, Pacers basketball, Indians baseball, Eleven soccer, and Ice hockey, as well as challenging golf courses. Best of all, you’ll enjoy those big-city activities without big-city traffic and other hassles.

There’s plenty of excitement right here in Hancock County, too, with trendsetting restaurants, unique shops, an active arts community, impressive libraries, and so many resources for active lifestyles. Trail systems stretch between communities, giving cyclists and runners safe places to enjoy the outdoors. Discover all the opportunities for fun and recreation at Hancock County Tourism.

Hancock County is home to four of Indiana’s consistently top-rated K-12 school districts, including Eastern Hancock, Greenfield-Central, Mt. Vernon, and Southern Hancock. Several schools in the county are STEM-certified, and students at all levels have access to the latest technology. Our county’s high schools offer a variety of accelerated programs that allow students to earn college credits, such as Project Lead the Way’s pre-engineering programs, biomedical science classes, and advanced computer animation.

We also have one of Central Indiana’s finest health systems, , with a full complement of services and innovative care, such as the state-of-the-art radiation oncology center. Community Hospitals and Indiana University Health also serve the county.

With all those advantages, you and your team will find that living in Hancock County is delightfully affordable, with housing choices that appeal to everyone from the urban pioneer to the weekend farmer, and everything in between.

Greenfield, with a population of more than 22,000, is the county seat of Hancock County. The home of famed Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley, Greenfield represents the best of both worlds, blending its small-town atmosphere with managed growth as part of the greater Indianapolis metropolitan area.

The Town of Cumberland was established in 1831 along the National Road.  Today the Town straddles the Hancock and Marion County line East of Indianapolis, and has a population of about 5,500. In conjunction with parks and trails, Cumberland serves to grow a community in a manner that supports business, historic preservation, and recreation.

Located in the northwest corner of Hancock County, Fortville is about 25 miles northeast of downtown Indianapolis. It was incorporated as a town in 1865 and named for Cephas Fort, the original owner of the town site.

With a population nearing 7,500 people, our community is now the second largest municipality solely in Hancock County. Incorporated in 1988, McCordsville is beginning to feel the effects of being conveniently located near several thriving cities and towns, including Indianapolis and Fishers. McCordsville is located in the northwest corner of Hancock County just south of Geist Reservoir, bordering both the City of Lawrence in Marion County and the Town of Fishers in Hamilton County. We are conveniently located off of State Highway 67 and less than 10 minutes from I-70, I-69, I-465 and SR 234. Check out our McCordsville’s Economic Development Plan here.

The Town of New Palestine was founded in 1871 in Sugar Creek Township, Hancock County, with a population of approximately 2055 folks in 2010 and growing steadily. We are proud of the growth in our community! New Palestine is a Blue Star Community. When you drive through our town, you will notice that many of our street light banners have a Name, Rank and Branch of Service on them.  Each one of these banners represents a man or woman currently serving our country outside of the state of Indiana.

Shirley is a town in Brown Township, Hancock County and Greensboro Township, Henry County in the U.S. state of Indiana. Shirley had its start in the year 1890 when the Cincinnati, Wabash and Michigan Railway was extended to that point. It was named for Joseph A. Shirley, a railroad official.

Located in the northeast corner of Hancock County, the town of Wilkinson sits along Indiana State Road 109, which runs north to Anderson and south to I-70 and Knightstown. Wilkinson is about 30 miles east of Indianapolis, and about 12 miles northeast of Greenfield.

Hancock County’s Chambers of Commerce
Greenfield Area Chamber of Commerce
One Courthouse Plaza
Greenfield, IN 46140

New Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce
42 E Main
New Palestine, IN 46163
(317) 861-2345

Fortville/McCordsville Area Chamber of Commerce
10 West Church St, Suite 5
Fortville, IN 46040
(317) 485-0410

Hancock County’s Main Street Organizations
Greenfield Main Street
One Courthouse Plaza, Suite 1
Greenfield, IN 46140
Shelley Swift
(317) 649-0890

Fortville Action Inc.
P.O. Box 424
Fortville, IN 46040
Dave Beatson
(317) 407-0316

New Palestine Main Street
P.O. Box 407
New Palestine, IN 46163
Michael Dean
(317) 407-0010