Cass City, Michigan

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Cass City, Michigan
Village
Cass City and its surrounding communities
Cass City and its surrounding communities
Motto: "each step in the right direction"[1]
Location of Cass City, Michigan
Location of Cass City, Michigan
Coordinates: 43°35′58″N 83°10′35″W / 43.59944°N 83.17639°W / 43.59944; -83.17639Coordinates: 43°35′58″N 83°10′35″W / 43.59944°N 83.17639°W / 43.59944; -83.17639
Country United States
State Michigan
County Tuscola
Named for Cass River
Area[2]
 • Total 1.79 sq mi (4.64 km2)
 • Land 1.78 sq mi (4.61 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation 745 ft (227 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 2,428
 • Estimate (2012[4]) 2,385
 • Density 1,364.0/sq mi (526.6/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 48726
Area code(s) 989
FIPS code 26-13880[5]
GNIS feature ID 0622846[6]
Website Village of Cass City, Michigan

Cass City is a village in Tuscola County in the Flint/Tri-Cities area of the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 2,428 at the 2010 U.S. Census and 2,643 at the 2000 U.S. Census (a decrease of about 8%). It is located along M-81 approximately four miles (6.4 km) west of that highway's intersection with M-53. Cass City is surrounded by several communities including Colwood, Deford, Elmwood and Ellington.

History[edit]

The village and the nearby Cass River are both named after General Lewis Cass,[7] the territorial governor of Michigan in the earlier 19th century and the Democratic nominee for President of the United States in 1848.[8][9] It is currently within Michigan's 10th congressional district.

A sawmill was established at this location in 1851. Farming settlers first came here in 1855. Cass City was incorporated as a village in 1883.[10]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.79 square miles (4.64 km2), of which 1.78 square miles (4.61 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.[2]

Demographics[edit]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 2,428 people, 1,024 households, and 627 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,364.0 inhabitants per square mile (526.6 /km2). There were 1,177 housing units at an average density of 661.2 per square mile (255.3 /km2). The racial makeup of the village was 96.9% White, 0.2% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.5% of the population.

There were 1,024 households of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.8% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.8% were non-families. 33.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.88.

The median age in the village was 43.7 years. 21.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.8% were from 25 to 44; 25.8% were from 45 to 64; and 22.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 47.0% male and 53.0% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 6,481, 4,670 households, and 3,892 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,523.7 per square mile (589.9/km²). There were 1,159 housing units at an average density of 668.2 per square mile (258.7/km²).

There were 1,670 households out of which 38.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.3% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.2% were non-families. 32.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the village the population was spread out with 34.3% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 86.1 males; for every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.1 males 18 and over.

The median income for a household in the village was $33,397, and the median income for a family was $41,289. Males had a median income of $31,714 versus $24,853 for females. The per capita income for the village was $17,159. About 8.1% of families and 10.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.4% of those under age 18 and 7.1% of those age 65 or over.

Economy[edit]

Agriculture is a central part of the Cass City economy, along with a small amount of industry (including Marshall Distributing and Walbro Corp.).[9]

Education[edit]

Cass City is home to one of the campuses of the Baker College System, with programs that include the Accelerated Bachelor of Business degree as well as classes in health science, early childhood education, and automotive services technology.[11] Public schools are managed by Cass City Public Schools.

Library facilities[edit]

Cass City is the home of the Rawson Memorial Library, a district library that serves Cass City, Elkland Township, Elmwood Township and Novesta Township. The library also contracts with Ellington Township, Evergreen Township, Grant Township and Greenleaf Township for library services.[12] The library started in 1910 as a project of a local Women's Study Club and was reorganized in 1966 as the Cass City and Elkland Township Library, a district library.

The library maintains an online archives of two local newspapers,[13] the Cass City Chronicle (published since 1899)[14] and the Cass City Enterprise (published 1881-1906).

In 2007, Rawson Memorial Library was the recipient of the 2007 State Librarian's Excellence Award for exemplary public service.[15] It was recognized for creating its own online bookstore, a traveling Business Resource Center, home delivery, one-on-one computer training, and a "very successful young-adult section" with "more than 750 books, magazines and paperbacks and seating for 14 people."[15]

Notable people[edit]

In the media[edit]

Parts of the 1983 film Going Back were filmed in and around Cass City.[18] The marquee of the historic Cass movie theater appears in one of the film's segments.

Climate[edit]

This climatic region has large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Cass City has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.[19]

Climate data for Cass City, Michigan
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) −1
(30)
1
(33)
6
(43)
14
(57)
20
(68)
26
(78)
27
(81)
27
(80)
23
(74)
16
(60)
8
(47)
1
(34)
14
(57.1)
Average low °C (°F) −10
(14)
−9
(16)
−5
(23)
1
(34)
7
(44)
13
(56)
15
(59)
14
(57)
10
(50)
4
(40)
−1
(31)
−7
(20)
2.7
(37)
Precipitation mm (inches) 46
(1.8)
43
(1.7)
50
(2)
79
(3.1)
81
(3.2)
84
(3.3)
74
(2.9)
84
(3.3)
107
(4.2)
69
(2.7)
71
(2.8)
53
(2.1)
841
(33.1)
Source: Weatherbase[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Village of Cass City, Michigan". Village of Cass City, Michigan. Retrieved August 25, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  4. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ "Profile for Cass City, Michigan, MI". ePodunk. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  8. ^ Cass City Hydrograph for the Cass River from a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website
  9. ^ a b Cass City, Michigan at InfoMI.com
  10. ^ Walter Romig, Michigan Place Names, p. 103
  11. ^ Baker College of Cass City from the Baker College website
  12. ^ About Rawson Memorial Library from the library's website
  13. ^ Portal to Archived Newspapers from the Rawson Memorial Library website
  14. ^ News from the Cass City Chronicle website
  15. ^ a b Rawson Memorial District Library in Cass City Wins 2007 State Librarian's Excellence Award, a November 2007 article from the State of Michigan website
  16. ^ Larry MacPhail from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum website
  17. ^ Brewster H. Shaw, Jr. from the Johnson Space Center website
  18. ^ Filming locations for Going Back from the Internet Movie Database
  19. ^ Climate Summary Cass City
  20. ^ "Weatherbase.com". Weatherbase. 2013.  Retrieved on September 21, 2013.

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