Vermillion County's location in Indiana
Map of Dana
|• Total||0.29 sq mi (0.75 km2)|
|• Land||0.29 sq mi (0.75 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||640 ft (195 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||600|
|• Density||2,096.6/sq mi (809.5/km2)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EST (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0433305|
Famed World War II war correspondent Ernie Pyle was born on a tenant farm near Dana. Bert Shepard, a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Washington Senators who had lost his leg in WWII, was also born in Dana.
The town was laid out in 1874 and was named for Charles Dana who was a local railroad stockholder and famous newspaper editor.
According to the 2010 census, the town has a total area of 0.29 square miles (0.75 km2), all land.
As of the census of 2010, there were 608 people, 241 households, and 173 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,096.6 inhabitants per square mile (809.5/km2). There were 290 housing units at an average density of 1,000.0 per square mile (386.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.5% White, 0.2% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.3% of the population.
There were 241 households of which 34.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.8% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 28.2% were non-families. 25.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.00.
The median age in the town was 40.7 years. 24.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25% were from 25 to 44; 25.4% were from 45 to 64; and 18.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 46.2% male and 53.8% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 662 people, 252 households, and 187 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,255.4 people per square mile (881.4/km²). There were 288 housing units at an average density of 981.2 per square mile (383.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.58% White, 0.60% African American, 0.30% Asian, 0.76% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.66% of the population.
There were 252 households out of which 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.7% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.4% were non-families. 23.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.05.
In the town the population was spread out with 28.4% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.3 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $34,750, and the median income for a family was $38,182. Males had a median income of $30,313 versus $21,875 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,603. About 6.6% of families and 9.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.4% of those under age 18 and 9.5% of those age 65 or over.
War correspondent Ernie Pyle grew up just outside Dana. Today the town boasts a museum that celebrates Pyle's life and career.
The United States developed the Girdler Sulfide chemical exchange production process, which was first demonstrated on a large scale at the Dana plant in 1945.
The last locomotive built by the American Locomotive Company (ALCO) currently is in use in Dana at the Cargill Ag Horizons elevator. The locomotive, a model ALCO T-6 switcher originally built for the Newburgh & South Shore in 1969, retains its original road number of 1017.
- "Places: Indiana". 2010 Census Gazetteer Files. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-04-21.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-11.
- "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Baker, Ronald L.; Marvin Carmony (1975). Indiana Place Names. Indiana University Press. p. 38. ISBN 0-253-14167-2.