Spencer is a town in Washington Township, Owen County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 2,217 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Owen County.
Spencer is part of the Bloomington, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Spencer was platted in 1820, and named for Captain Spier Spencer, who fell at the Battle of Tippecanoe, after whom Spencer County is also named. A post office has been in operation at Spencer since 1821.
The Allison-Robinson House, David Enoch Beem House, Owen County Courthouse, Spencer Public Library, and Spencer Town Hall and Fire Station are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The annual Spencer Pride Festival takes place in downtown Spencer. The event, which began in 2007, has received international acclaim for its inclusive, family-friendly atmosphere in its rural community. Other downtown events include Christmas at the Square and the Rev20 Christian Music Festival.
Spencer, Indiana is the smallest community in America with a dedicated LGBTQ+ center. The Spencer Pride commUnity center opened in 2006 and is located on the downtown square in the 1898 IORM building.
According to the 2010 census, Spencer has a total area of 1.26 square miles (3.26 km2), all land.
The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters.