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Milan, Indiana
Town of Milan
Milan's historic Masonic lodge building
Milan's historic Masonic lodge building
Location of Milan in Ripley County, Indiana.
Location of Milan in Ripley County, Indiana.
Country United States
State Indiana
County Ripley
Townships Franklin, Washington
 • Total 2.02 sq mi (5.24 km2)
 • Land 1.99 sq mi (5.15 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.09 km2)
991 ft (302 m)
 • Total 1,823
 • Density 916.08/sq mi (353.71/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code 812 & 930
FIPS code 18-49266
GNIS feature ID 439132

Milan ( MY-lən) is a town in Franklin and Washington townships, Ripley County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 1,899 at the 2010 census.

Milan High School won the Indiana state basketball championship against Muncie Central High School in 1954, the victory being significant as Milan was one of the smallest towns to win a state championship in the United States at that time. The 1986 film Hoosiers is based on the story of the 1954 Milan Team.

While it is often claimed that Milan is the subject of a volume of poetry entitled "Pop. 359" written in 1941 by Carl Wilson under the pseudonym of Tramp Starr, that book is actually about the nearby town of Moores Hill.


Milan was laid out in 1854 when the railroad was extended to that point. The town, like its predecessor Old Milan, was named after Milan, in Italy.

Milan, Indiana
Photo from Small Town Indiana photo survey.

Milan Masonic Lodge No. 31 was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.


Milan is located at 39°7′22″N 85°7′50″W / 39.12278°N 85.13056°W / 39.12278; -85.13056 (39.122730, -85.130653).

According to the 2010 census, Milan has a total area of 1.98 square miles (5.13 km2), of which 1.95 square miles (5.05 km2) (or 98.48%) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) (or 1.52%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 106
1890 318 200.0%
1900 422 32.7%
1910 557 32.0%
1920 718 28.9%
1930 877 22.1%
1940 1,000 14.0%
1950 1,014 1.4%
1960 1,174 15.8%
1970 1,260 7.3%
1980 1,566 24.3%
1990 1,529 −2.4%
2000 1,816 18.8%
2010 1,899 4.6%
2020 1,823 −4.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,899 people, 706 households, and 476 families living in the town. The population density was 973.8 inhabitants per square mile (376.0/km2). There were 795 housing units at an average density of 407.7 per square mile (157.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.7% White, 0.3% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.8% of the population.

There were 706 households, of which 38.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.2% were married couples living together, 16.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.6% were non-families. 28.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.06.

The median age in the town was 36.7 years. 28.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.7% were from 25 to 44; 21.5% were from 45 to 64; and 17.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 46.6% male and 53.4% female.


Milan Community School Corporation is organized of three schools - Milan Elementary, Milan Middle, and Milan High School. The corporation was a 2006 Indiana Department of Education Exemplary Progress School Corporation.

Milan has a public library, a branch of the Osgood Public Library.

Notable people

  • Gene White - Member of the 1954 Milan High School Indiana State Championship Basketball team.
  • William Jordan - Actor (forty-five year career of more than 50 notable movie and TV show credits; most notably played Major Jake Gatlin in Project U.F.O.), and member of the 1954 Milan High School Indiana State Championship basketball team.
  • Bobby Plump - Member of the 1954 Milan High School Indiana State Championship basketball team; "Mr. Basketball", 1954; Trester award winner, 1954; Most Valuable Player, Butler University, 1957, 1958; College Basketball All-Star Team, 1958; named one of the 50 greatest sports figures from Indiana in the 20th century, according to Sports Illustrated; Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee, 1981; author; restaurateur.
  • Jamie Johnson - Member of the Grascals, three time Grammy Nominated with 150 appearances on the Grand Ole Opry and the 2005 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Emerging Artist of the Year Award, as well as the Song of the Year award for "Me and John and Paul". In 2006 and 2007, they won the IBMA Entertainer of the Year award.
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