Location of Baldwin in Lake County, Michigan
|• Total||1.26 sq mi (3.26 km2)|
|• Land||1.26 sq mi (3.26 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||856 ft (261 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||1,216|
|• Density||958.7/sq mi (370.2/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||2398022|
Baldwin is a village in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,208 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Lake County. The village is located on the boundary between Webber Township on the north and Pleasant Plains Township on the south, with the larger portion lying in Pleasant Plains.
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,208 people, 404 households, and 190 families residing in the village. The population density was 958.7 inhabitants per square mile (370.2 /km2). There were 478 housing units at an average density of 379.4 per square mile (146.5 /km2). The racial makeup of the village was 62.8% White, 29.0% African American, 0.9% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 6.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.1% of the population.
There were 404 households of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 24.0% were married couples living together, 19.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 53.0% were non-families. 49.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.07 and the average family size was 3.06.
The median age in the village was 36.8 years. 20.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 31.5% were from 25 to 44; 23% were from 45 to 64; and 15.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 53.3% male and 46.7% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,107 people, 397 households, and 183 families residing in the village. The population density was 873.2 per square mile (336.5/km²). There were 479 housing units at an average density of 377.8 per square mile (145.6/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 59.62% White, 34.33% African American, 1.36% Native American, 0.45% from other races, and 4.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.71% of the population.
There were 397 households out of which 26.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 27.0% were married couples living together, 17.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 53.9% were non-families. 49.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 27.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.12 and the average family size was 3.19.
In the village the population was spread out with 22.2% under the age of 18, 12.8% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 16.4% from 45 to 64, and 21.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 113.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 112.1 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $15,550, and the median income for a family was $22,857. Males had a median income of $26,042 versus $21,364 for females. The per capita income for the village was $9,619. About 32.0% of families and 35.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 44.7% of those under age 18 and 21.1% of those age 65 or over.
Baldwin is primarily a tourist town. As such, much of its economy is based around the summer months. Lake County sports many lakes and rivers, as well as the vast wilderness of the Manistee National Forest. Many come to Baldwin on vacation to camp, canoe, fish, or hunt. Others come to take in some of the local festivities which include the annual Blessing of the Bikes (in which thousands of motorcyclists come from around the United States) and Troutarama, in which two of the biggest events are the annual parade and the Miss Lake County pageant.
Baldwin also hosts a summer music series. Concerts, featuring jazz and blues artists from around the country, are held every Wednesday and Saturday evenings from June to September at Wenger Pavilion in downtown Baldwin. Concerts are free and open to the public and have been held every summer since 1990.
Baldwin has much to offer on its main street, don't forget to stop and dine and shop!!
Restaurants: Edie's Log Bar, serving breakfast and lunch. Gramma's Treats, serving fresh made fudge and donuts daily. Sportman's, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. Government Lake Lodge, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. Cattail Cafe, serving breakfast and lunch. All Seasons, serving breakfast and lunch.
Shops: Pandora's Box, Katt's Meow, Pamela Tripp Gallery and gifts and Northern Treasures.
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- Shrine of the Pines