Addison Village Hall and Library
Location of Addison in Lenawee County, Michigan
|• Total||1.00 sq mi (2.59 km2)|
|• Land||0.96 sq mi (2.49 km2)|
|• Water||0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)|
|Elevation||1,066 ft (325 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||596|
|• Density||630.2/sq mi (243.3/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||2397912|
Addison is a village in Lenawee County of the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 605 at the 2010 census. The village is located on the boundary between Rollin Township on the south and Woodstock Township on the north.
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In 1834, when John Talbot settled along a winding creek in the infancy of southeast Michigan’s history, the area was a vast forest, dotted with clear blue lakes and occupied by the Potawatomi. With the raising of a simple grist mill along Bean Creek around December 1835, Addison’s history was started, operating under the settlement name “Manetue”.
Having failed to secure a spot along the river that provided enough water power to run his mill, Talbot dismantled the settlement and moved to the present location of Addison, and by the fall of 1836, milling operations restarted. The town was renamed “Peru” by 1838, and over the next generation would be given several other monikers before the final name of Addison was entered onto plat maps in 1851. Addison J. Comstock, a banker from Adrian, Michigan, purchased a sizable plat of the pioneer town and changed the identity to reflect this acquisition. The village itself was incorporated as such in 1893.
The village grew sufficiently to attract the railroad in 1883, an event which contributed to a sudden expanse of Addison’s local economy. Businesses came to Addison in great numbers, as well as a three-story hotel, designed to cater to the visiting tourist. The Addison Courier newspaper started its 76-year run in 1884, and the economic upturn brought on by the railroad continued well after the line ceased to operate through Addison.
One of Addison’s last landmarks, the old grist mill built in 1848, was removed in 1980. Despite the economic downturn of the village in the last half of the 20th century, a large 3-day sesquicentennial celebration was held in 1984. Additionally, a 175th Anniversary celebration spanning only one day was held in the village on August 8, 2009.
Today, Addison is a quiet burg, comparable to the size it was in the 1860s. Around two-dozen businesses and institutions occupy the town limits.
In 1976, a small booklet on the town history was assembled by Addison historian Alice Slocum, followed in 1997 by a 225 page illustrated book by local author Dan Cherry. A follow-up companion volume is in the works and is expected to be released later in 2013.
As of the census of 2010, there were 605 people, 245 households, and 156 families residing in the village. The population density was 630.2 inhabitants per square mile (243.3/km2). There were 274 housing units at an average density of 285.4 per square mile (110.2/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.0% White, 0.5% African American, 0.3% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.0% of the population.
There were 245 households of which 35.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.0% were married couples living together, 16.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.3% were non-families. 28.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.06.
The median age in the village was 35.1 years. 26.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 10% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.3% were from 25 to 44; 26.1% were from 45 to 64; and 10.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 46.8% male and 53.2% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 627 people, 247 households, and 164 families residing in the village. The population density was 642.6 per square mile (247.0/km²). There were 265 housing units at an average density of 271.6 per square mile (104.4/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.41% White, 0.16% Native American, 0.96% Asian, 0.16% from other races, and 0.32% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.07% of the population.
There were 247 households out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.2% were married couples living together, 13.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.2% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.17.
In the village the population was spread out with 31.1% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.8 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $35,781, and the median income for a family was $45,313. Males had a median income of $31,875 versus $23,000 for females. The per capita income for the village was $15,883. About 6.0% of families and 8.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.2% of those under age 18 and 7.8% of those age 65 or over.
The top 10 ancestry reported during the U.S. census
- US 127 (Steer Street) intersects Main Street.
- "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-03.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Addison, Michigan
- The History of Addison, Michigan, ©1996 Dan Cherry
- The History of Addison, Michigan, a historical chronicle of the village, ©1996 Dan Cherry
- Lenawee County government site
- Complete text of History of Lenawee County published in 1909 by the Western Historical Society
- Addison Community Schools web site
- Lenawee Directory Service