Milan, Illinois

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Milan (pronounced MY-lan) is a village in Rock Island County, Illinois, United States. The population was 5,257 at the 2000 census.

The village is located near the Quad Cities of Illinois and Iowa. Before ceasing operations in 2003, Eagle Food Centers was based out of Milan.



The village is on the Rock River in northwest Illinois, about 4 miles upstream of its outlet to the Mississippi. The village is the site of the south campsites which comprised the Sauk and Fox village of Saukenuk, once the second-largest Native American inhabitation in North America.

Originally platted along the right-of-way for the Hennepin Canal, in 1837, the village site was called in land speculation papers "Hampton" (not the town in Illinois, approximately 13 miles north-northeast, on the Mississippi River--see Hampton, Illinois for more). "Hampton's" land speculators, George Camden and Franklin Vandruff, sold land along the Rock River, along a north-west flowing creek, which was re-routed north into the Rock's main channel. Along Mill Creek, the industries of wool-carding and (river clamshell) "pearl" button-making helped rename the village by 1841 as Camden Mills.

The village has "sister cities" in Missouri, Tennessee, and Michigan.


Milan is located at 41°26′47″N 90°33′56″W / 41.44639°N 90.56556°W / 41.44639; -90.56556 (41.446333, -90.565487)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 6.1 square miles (15.7 km²), of which, 5.5 square miles (14.3 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²) of it (8.43%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 5,348 people, 2,310 households, and 1,457 families residing in the village. The population density was 965.9 people per square mile (372.7/km²). There were 2,378 housing units at an average density of 429.5/sq mi (165.7/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 92.46% White, 4.32% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.08% from other races, and 1.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.92% of the population.

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