Utica, Indiana

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Utica is a town in Utica Township, Clark County, Indiana, United States. The population was 591 at the 2000 census.

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History

Between 1794-1825, Utica was a popular ferry crossing, as ferry crossings were considered too dangerous at Jeffersonville, due to inexperienced ferry operators and the Falls of the Ohio. James Noble Wood, the founder of Utica, was the first ferryman in the area, and he served as one of only a handful of territorial judges in "Indian Territory" during this period.

After a flood in 1997, Utica saw growth because it had to strengthen its building, planning, and zoning laws in order to get the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Indiana DNR rebuilding funds. However, Utica is unlikely to see much more growth due to being surrounded by Jeffersonville, Charlestown State Park, the Ohio River, and the River Ridge Commerce Center.[1]

Geography

Utica is located at 38°20′4″N 85°39′18″W / 38.33444°N 85.655°W / 38.33444; -85.655 (38.334556, -85.654961)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 591 people, 254 households, and 164 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,361.7 people per square mile (530.7/km²). There were 279 housing units at an average density of 642.8/sq mi (250.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.63% White, 1.02% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.51% from other races, and 0.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.18% of the population.

There were 254 households out of which 23.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.4% were non-families. 30.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.85.

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