Milan, Indiana

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Milan (pronounced /ˈmaɪlən/) is a town in Franklin and Washington townships, Ripley County, Indiana, United States. The population was 1,816 at the 2000 census.

The town's name is pronounced differently from the English name for the Italian city of the same name.

Milan High School won the Indiana state basketball championship against Muncie Central High School in 1954. The signifance of their victory was that Milan was the smallest-populated high school in the U.S. to win a state championship in national history. The 1986 film Hoosiers is based on the story of the 1954 Milan Team.[3]

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.[4]



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)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.9 square miles (5.0 km²), of which, 1.9 square miles (4.9 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (1.55%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,816 people, 693 households, and 460 families residing in the town. The population density was 955.2 people per square mile (369.0/km²). There were 768 housing units at an average density of 404.0/sq mi (156.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.51% White, 0.22% African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.33% Asian, and 0.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.50% of the population.

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