Milford, Illinois

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Milford
Village (United States)
Milford, Illinois Village Hall and Grain Elevator.
Milford, Illinois Village Hall and Grain Elevator.
Iroquois County's location in Illinois
Iroquois County's location in Illinois
Map of Milford
Map of Milford
Milford is located in Iroquois County, Illinois
Milford
Milford
Milford's location in Iroquois County
Coordinates: 40°37′42″N 87°41′46″W / 40.62833°N 87.69611°W / 40.62833; -87.69611Coordinates: 40°37′42″N 87°41′46″W / 40.62833°N 87.69611°W / 40.62833; -87.69611
Country  United States
State  Illinois
County Iroquois
Township Milford
Area
 • Total 0.64 sq mi (1.7 km2)
 • Land 0.64 sq mi (1.7 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 669 ft (204 m)
Population (2009)
 • Total 1,257
ZIP code 60953
Area code(s) 815
GNIS feature ID 0413532[1]

Milford is a village in Milford Township, Iroquois County, Illinois, United States. The population was 1,369 at the 2000 census, and 1,257 in 2009. The village's name comes from its location, where the Old Hubbard Trail forded the Sugar Creek and where a grist mill stood in 1836 ("the mill at the ford").

Geography[edit]

Milford is located on Illinois Route 1 about 9 miles (14 km) north of the Vermilion County border and about 9 miles (14 km) west of the Indiana border.

According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 0.64 square miles (1.7 km2), all land.[2]

Demographics[edit]

Post office in Milford.

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,369 people, 616 households, and 391 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,166.8 people per square mile (839.0/km²). There were 666 housing units at an average density of 1,054.1 per square mile (408.2/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 99.20% White, 0.44% from other races, and 0.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.90% of the population.

There were 616 households out of which 24.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.6% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.4% were non-families. 32.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the village the population was spread out with 20.4% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 22.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 97.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.9 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $30,109, and the median income for a family was $40,750. Males had a median income of $29,583 versus $19,453 for females. The per capita income for the village was $19,078. About 4.1% of families and 7.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.6% of those under age 18 and 8.7% of those age 65 or over.

High school athletics[edit]

Milford High School, which also brings in students from nearby communities of Stockland, Wellington and Sheldon, fields varsity level teams in; golf, baseball, softball, football, volleyball, cheer leading, and basketball. Teams play under the nickname "Bearcats" (boys) and "Lady Cats" (girls).

Football cooperative agreements: In the spring of 2009 it was announced that Cissna Park and Milford would form a high school football cooperative to become more competitive. Previously, the football program had co-oped with Sheldon (from 1993 through Sheldon's becoming part of the Milford school district) and Donovan (in 1997 and 1998).

Gymnasium: The school was also one of few nationally to feature a carpeted gym floor used for varsity level basketball and volleyball. The carpet was removed in the summer of 1997 and replaced by a plastic surface manufactured by Sport Court.

Night Football: The Bearcat football team took part in the first night football game in America. The contest took place on September 21, 1928 in Westville IL. Westville won the game 26-6. This is recognized by the Illinois High School Association as the first "modern" football game played under lights.

Notable people[edit]

  • James E. Martin, leading special education scholar and expert on postsecondary transition.
  • Claude Rothgeb, outfielder for the Washington Senators, college football, basketball and baseball coach; born in Milford
  • Jessie Sumner, Iroquois county judge, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois' 18th district through the 76th to 78th US congress.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Milford". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2010-09-01. 
  2. ^ "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer Files for Places – Illinois". United States Census. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.