Location of Darlington in Montgomery County, Indiana.
|• Total||0.33 sq mi (0.84 km2)|
|• Land||0.33 sq mi (0.84 km2)|
|• Water||0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)|
|Elevation||761 ft (232 m)|
|• Estimate (2016)||842|
|• Density||2,590.77/sq mi (999.34/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||433318|
The Pennsylvania Rail Road (Vandalia district) made stops in Darlington for many years from the late 19th century up until the 1960s. The right-of-way can still be seen to this day along state road 47 with its numerous wood-pile trestles. Many people in Darlington would ride the PRR to Lake Maxinkuckee on weekends during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The Vandalia District started southwest of Terre Haute and bi-sected Montgomery County from Waveland, through Crawfordsville, to Darlington, continuing on to Colfax where it crossed the NYC Big Four branch.
A man named Arthur Baird II killed his parents, Arthur and Katherine, and his pregnant wife Nadine on September 6–7, 1985; this was the first triple murder to occur in Montgomery County, as well as the first murder in the county since 1978.
On June 2, 1990, an F-3 tornado touched down southwest of Darlington and destroyed multiple homes, barns, and property around the area. The town suffered significant damage from the storm.
Darlington is located at (40.108218, -86.776555).
According to the 2010 census, Darlington has a total area of 0.33 square miles (0.85 km2), all land.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 843 people, 327 households, and 226 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,554.5 inhabitants per square mile (986.3/km2). There were 364 housing units at an average density of 1,103.0 per square mile (425.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.9% White, 0.1% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.1% Asian, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.2% of the population.
There were 327 households of which 40.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.8% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 8.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.9% were non-families. 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.10.
The median age in the town was 35.8 years. 28.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.7% were from 25 to 44; 24.4% were from 45 to 64; and 11% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 50.5% male and 49.5% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 854 people, 331 households, and 232 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,706.9 people per square mile (1,030.4/km²). There were 359 housing units at an average density of 1,137.9 per square mile (433.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.18% White, 0.12% Asian, 0.23% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.47% of the population.
There were 331 households out of which 36.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.1% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.9% were non-families. 27.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.13. The town has a local Mini Mart where many regulars eat lunch and breakfast.
In the town, the population was spread out with 31.6% under the age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 18.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.8 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $36,250, and the median income for a family was $43,462. Males had a median income of $35,463 versus $21,310 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,154. About 5.3% of families and 7.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.1% of those under age 18 and 8.5% of those age 65 or over.
Currently the town utilizes a three-member town board who oversees operations of the town's municipal utilities including electric, wastewater, stormwater, parks, and street maintenance. The town's drinking water is provided by Aqua corporation.
The Darlington Police Department consists of two contracted Crawfordsville City Police officers and one Montgomery County Deputy who patrol forty hours per week to respond to emergencies only. The sheriff's department is responsible for criminal investigations and traffic enforcement.
Fire service is provided by Darlington Community Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. The Fire department exists as its own entity.
Early each fall, the town hosts Darlington Fish Fry & Festival in the downtown areas.
The Darlington Covered Bridge is 0.6 miles west of town. It was built in 1868 and is 166' long.
It was built as a result of donations from Darlington citizens who saw a need for a bridge over Sugar Creek and raised $1,585 in 1866. There was both the bridge and a mill on the site. Only the bridge remains.
As of January 2012, the Montgomery County Commissioners have transferred over $30,000 in funds to the town of Darlington for the restoration and preservation of the historic bridge.
North Montgomery School Corporation serves Darlington. Elementary students are zoned to Sugar Creek Elementary School. Secondary school students attend Northridge Middle School and North Montgomery High School.
The town has a lending library, the Darlington Public Library.
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