Blissfield, Michigan

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Blissfield, Michigan
Village
Village Hall and Police Station
Village Hall and Police Station
Location of Blissfield within Lenawee County, Michigan
Location of Blissfield within Lenawee County, Michigan
Coordinates: 41°49′54″N 83°51′50″W / 41.83167°N 83.86389°W / 41.83167; -83.86389Coordinates: 41°49′54″N 83°51′50″W / 41.83167°N 83.86389°W / 41.83167; -83.86389
Country United States
State Michigan
County Lenawee
Area[1]
 • Total 2.30 sq mi (5.96 km2)
 • Land 2.24 sq mi (5.80 km2)
 • Water 0.06 sq mi (0.16 km2)
Elevation 689 ft (210 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 3,340
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 3,291
 • Density 1,491.1/sq mi (575.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 49228
Area code(s) 517
FIPS code 26-09000[4]
GNIS feature ID 2398133[5]
Website http://www.blissfieldmichigan.gov/

Blissfield is a village in Lenawee County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 3,340 at the 2010 census. The village is located within Blissfield Township. The Blissfield post office first opened March 28, 1828.[6]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.30 square miles (5.96 km2), of which, 2.24 square miles (5.80 km2) of it is land and 0.06 square miles (0.16 km2) is water.[1]

Demographics[edit]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 3,340 people, 1,349 households, and 924 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,491.1 inhabitants per square mile (575.7 /km2). There were 1,470 housing units at an average density of 656.2 per square mile (253.4 /km2). The racial makeup of the village was 96.6% White, 0.3% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.8% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.1% of the population.

There were 1,349 households of which 34.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.2% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.5% were non-families. 27.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.00.

The median age in the village was 38.8 years. 25.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.3% were from 25 to 44; 26.2% were from 45 to 64; and 15.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 48.3% male and 51.7% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 3,223 people, 1,319 households, and 903 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,520.7 per square mile (587.0/km²). There were 1,388 housing units at an average density of 654.9 per square mile (252.8/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.59% White, 0.06% African American, 0.03% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 2.61% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.14% of the population.

There were 1,319 households out of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.9% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.5% were non-families. 27.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the village the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 90.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.6 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $39,438, and the median income for a family was $48,964. Males had a median income of $37,218 versus $25,069 for females. The per capita income for the village was $19,255. About 6.9% of families and 8.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.0% of those under age 18 and 9.4% of those age 65 or over.

Local culture[edit]

The annual River Raisin Festival is held at Ellis Park in downtown Blissfield during mid-July. Activities include the Miss River Raisin Contest, carnival rides and games, arts and crafts vendors, a large variety of food, a softball tournament, a car show, tractor pulls, and a beer tent.

Blissfield is known for having many antique stores in the downtown district. Vintage items range from jewelry to furniture to baseball cards to slot machines, and more.

Another favorite attraction is the Murder Mystery Dinner Train operated by the Adrian and Blissfield Railroad. While enjoying a leisurely 12-mile (19 km) trip through the countryside, a five course meal is served as actors and actresses perform a comical, and interactive murder mystery.

Blissfield is also home to the Blissfield Model Railroad Club, a non-profit organization in downtown Blissfield. The 2,300-square-foot (210 m2) HO scale model railroad has over 1,500 feet (460 m) of mainline track on two levels. The BMRC is a group of enthusiastic model railroaders who are actively working on building and operating a large model railroad which represents the northern extremity of the Clinchfield Railroad and the connecting C&O Railroad.

Popular meeting places in town are the Hathaway House and Stable Restaurant, adjacent bistros located on 223, just west of the River Raisin.

The Ellis Inn Bed & Breakfast occupies an 1883 Italianate brick home, and located across from the Hathaway House.

High school sports[edit]

Blissfield High School is the home of the Royals. Best known as a perennial baseball powerhouse with seven state titles, many other sports have also been very successful. Girls cross country has dominated their league and had strong showings in state meets for much of the past two decades. The girls volleyball team has also seen success, recently winning their first state title in 2005. In recent years, the football team has turned around their program to become an annual playoff contender. The Class of 2006 started a football craze after having the most successful regular season the school has seen. The power up front led the way to the playoffs for the third time in school history, but was interrupted in the second round. The following year Blissfield made an appearance in the 2007 state finals.

To round out the sports line-up, Blissfield High School also fields Varsity teams in boys and girls soccer, boys cross country, boys and girls basketball, girls competitive cheer, boys and girls track, boys golf, boys wrestling, girls softball, and girls volleyball.

History[edit]

During World War II, 16 German POWs, who were working on a sugar beet farm near Blissfield, were killed in an accident when their truck collided with a train as they were returning to Fort Custer. They are now buried at Fort Custer National Cemetery where they, along with ten of their comrades, remain the only members of another nation's armed forces who are buried in a US National Cemetery.

According to local legend, Blissfield was home to the first set of Triple Bridges in the world. These three bridges stood directly next to each other and crossed the River Raisin to accommodate train and vehicular travel. Throughout time, the two vehicular bridges were replaced with one. Recently though, a pedestrian bridge was erected to restore the heritage of the Triple Bridges.[citation needed]

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