Dana, Indiana

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Dana
Town
Vermillion County's location in Indiana
Vermillion County's location in Indiana
Map of Dana
Map of Dana
Dana is located in Vermillion County, Indiana
Dana
Dana
Dana's location in Vermillion County
Coordinates: 39°48′24″N 87°29′39″W / 39.80667°N 87.49417°W / 39.80667; -87.49417Coordinates: 39°48′24″N 87°29′39″W / 39.80667°N 87.49417°W / 39.80667; -87.49417
Country United States
State Indiana
County Vermillion
Township Helt
Established 1874
Area[1]
 • 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)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 608
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 600
 • Density 2,096.6/sq mi (809.5/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EST (UTC-5)
ZIP code 47847
Area code(s) 765
FIPS code 18-16732[4]
GNIS feature ID 0433305[5]

Dana is a town in Helt Township, Vermillion County, Indiana, United States. The population was 608 at the 2010 census. It is primarily a farming community.

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.

History[edit]

The town was laid out in 1874 and was named for Charles Dana who was a local railroad stockholder and famous newspaper editor.[6]

Geography[edit]

Dana is located in the central part of the county, on Indiana State Road 71 less than 0.5 miles (0.80 km) north of U.S. Route 36.

According to the 2010 census, Dana has a total area of 0.29 square miles (0.75 km2), all land.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 183
1890 495 170.5%
1900 893 80.4%
1910 748 −16.2%
1920 884 18.2%
1930 859 −2.8%
1940 845 −1.6%
1950 854 1.1%
1960 811 −5.0%
1970 720 −11.2%
1980 803 11.5%
1990 612 −23.8%
2000 662 8.2%
2010 608 −8.2%
Est. 2014 581 [7] −4.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] 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.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] 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.

Facts[edit]

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.

Although miles from any major body of water, Dana was home to a Coast Guard LORAN navigation transmitter station until it was closed in 2010.

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.

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