Location of Blissfield within Lenawee County, Michigan
|• 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)|
|• Estimate (2012)||3,291|
|• Density||1,491.1/sq mi (575.7/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||2398133|
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. Hervey Bliss, who was the first white settler in 1824 and for whom the town is named, was the first postmaster.
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.
In September–October 2014 Blissfield's village hall was moved to a former Key Bank location in the business district of the village. It is now two doors down from the Township offices. The police task force was also moved with it as well.
Blissfield High School is the home of the Royals. The baseball team has won seven state titles, while the girls volleyball team won their first state title in 2005.
As of the census 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.
As of the census 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.
River Raisin from bridge on Adrian St.
Central business district, Lane St.
First United Methodist Church, Adrian St.
The Old Road dinner train, Adrian St.
- "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: Blissfield, Michigan
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Blissfield Post Office
- 1999 Michigan Encyclopedia, retrieved 3-Nov-2014
- Official Village of Blissfield site
- Blissfield Area Chamber of Commerce
- Blissfield Downtown Development Authority
- Blissfield Area Business & Tourism Directory
- Blissfield High School
- Lenawee County government site
- Lenawee County Conference & Visitors Bureau
- Complete text of History of Lenawee County published in 1909 by the Western Historical Society