Decatur, Michigan

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Decatur, Michigan
Village
Location of Decatur, Michigan
Location of Decatur, Michigan
Coordinates: 42°6′35″N 85°58′24″W / 42.10972°N 85.97333°W / 42.10972; -85.97333
Country United States
State Michigan
County Van Buren
Area[1]
 • Total 1.43 sq mi (3.70 km2)
 • Land 1.35 sq mi (3.50 km2)
 • Water 0.08 sq mi (0.21 km2)
Elevation 787 ft (240 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 1,819
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 1,785
 • Density 1,347.4/sq mi (520.2/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 49045
Area code(s) 269
FIPS code 26-21040[4]
GNIS feature ID 0624435[5]

Decatur is a village in Van Buren County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,819 at the 2010 census. The village is located within Decatur Township.

History[edit]

Decatur Township and the Village of Decatur are named after Stephen Decatur, Jr., celebrated as a hero of the War of 1812.[6]

Decatur was founded in 1847 and incorporated as a village in 1859.[7]

Churches[edit]

Decatur is home to a variety of Churches. Decatur contains many denominations including one of Decatur's oldest churches, Decatur First Reformed Church[8]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.43 square miles (3.70 km2), of which, 1.35 square miles (3.50 km2) of it is land and 0.08 square miles (0.21 km2) is water.[1]

Demographics[edit]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 1,819 people, 701 households, and 448 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,347.4 inhabitants per square mile (520.2 /km2). There were 781 housing units at an average density of 578.5 per square mile (223.4 /km2). The racial makeup of the village was 87.6% White, 2.7% African American, 1.2% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 4.1% from other races, and 4.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.4% of the population.

There were 701 households of which 36.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.1% were married couples living together, 18.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.1% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 12% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.10.

The median age in the village was 34.6 years. 28.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.9% were from 25 to 44; 23.2% were from 45 to 64; and 13.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 47.6% male and 52.4% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,838 people, 725 households, and 458 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,599.1 per square mile (617.1/km²). There were 792 housing units at an average density of 689.1 per square mile (265.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 87.65% White, 5.82% African American, 1.41% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 1.85% from other races, and 2.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.08% of the population.

There were 725 households out of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.5% were married couples living together, 15.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.7% were non-families. 31.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the village the population was spread out with 28.6% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 18.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 92.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.9 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $30,550, and the median income for a family was $36,417. Males had a median income of $27,566 versus $20,703 for females. The per capita income for the village was $14,098. About 18.2% of families and 20.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.7% of those under age 18 and 12.0% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Decatur Public Schools are part of the Decatur Public Schools school district. The district has one elementary school, one middle school and one high school. Students attend Decatur High School.[9]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Profile for Decatur, Michigan, MI". ePodunk. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  7. ^ Walter Romig, Michigan Place Names, p. 149
  8. ^ "Decatur First Reformed Church". 
  9. ^ "Decatur Public Schools". Decatur Public Schools. Retrieved August 25, 2012. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 42°06′29″N 85°58′28″W / 42.10806°N 85.97444°W / 42.10806; -85.97444