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Riley, Indiana
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Location of Riley in Vigo County, Indiana.
Location of Riley in Vigo County, Indiana.
Country United States
State Indiana
County Vigo
Township Riley
 • Total 0.09 sq mi (0.23 km2)
 • Land 0.09 sq mi (0.23 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
564 ft (172 m)
 • Total 238
 • Density 2,644.44/sq mi (1,025.32/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 812
FIPS code 18-64512
GNIS feature ID 442015

Riley, once known as Lockport, is a town in Riley Township, Vigo County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 221 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Terre Haute Metropolitan Statistical Area.


The original town of Lockport was platted on November 23, 1836, by Nathaniel Donham. It was known as Lockport due to its importance during the building of the Wabash and Erie Canal from 1847-1850. The canal town became a significant trading point along the waterway. Though the canal closed in 1873, the building of several different railroads kept the community as a place for trade. The town originally had various mills, sawmills and tanneries, but all were burned at different times. It was also notable in the grain market.

In 1911, the town took the name of its post office and became Riley. For several decades, Riley sustained a healthy coal mining industry including a strip mine just south of town, operated by the Maumee Colleries Company as late as 1936. In the second half of the twentieth century, Riley included a small suburban residential community.


Riley is located at 39°23′23″N 87°18′2″W / 39.38972°N 87.30056°W / 39.38972; -87.30056 (39.389838, -87.300420).

At one time, the Wabash and Erie Canal ran through Riley and there are remnants of locks and the canal in several places.

According to the 2010 census, Riley has a total area of 0.09 square miles (0.23 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 260
1940 287 10.4%
1950 251 −12.5%
1960 248 −1.2%
1970 257 3.6%
1980 269 4.7%
1990 232 −13.8%
2000 160 −31.0%
2010 221 38.1%
2020 238 7.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

At the 2020 census, there were 221 people, 93 households and 57 families living in the town. The population density was 2,455.6 inhabitants per square mile (948.1/km2). There were 103 housing units at an average density of 1,144.4 per square mile (441.9/km2). The racial make-up of the town was 100% White, 0% African American, 0% Native American, and 0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0% of the population.

There were 93 households, of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.1% were married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.7% were non-families. 35.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 3.07.

The median age in the town was 32.8 years. 27.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.4% were from 25 to 44; 18.1% were from 45 to 64; and 14.9% were 65 years of age or older. The sex make-up of the town was 50.7% male and 49.3% female.

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