In an article published in the Deseret News on 8 November 1914, Joseph Hickman claimed that "Milford has been Utah's most thorough representative of all types of frontier life." This statement describes the diverse nature of Milford's social, cultural, and economic life. Established first to service local mines, it quickly became an agricultural and stock-raising center of significance. This diversification is what allowed Milford to survive the closure of the mines, local smelters, and the slow-down of the mining industry.
Since 1950, when Milford's population was at its highest number--1,673 residents--the number of residents has declined steadily--to 1,106 in 1990. Still, the community has a high school, library, Southern Baptist church, Catholic church, and two LDS wards. The Union Pacific Railroad is the community's largest employer.
Martha Sonntag Bradley