Dana, Indiana

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Dana is a town in Helt Township, Vermillion County, Indiana, United States. The population was 662 at the 2000 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.



The town was laid out in 1874 and was named for Charles Dana who was a local railroad stockholder.[3]


Dana is located at 39°48′24″N 87°29′39″W / 39.80667°N 87.49417°W / 39.80667; -87.49417 (39.806714, -87.494256)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] 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/sq mi (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.

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