Evart, Michigan

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Evart, Michigan
City
Location of Evart, Michigan
Location of Evart, Michigan
Coordinates: 43°54′9″N 85°15′50″W / 43.90250°N 85.26389°W / 43.90250; -85.26389
Country United States
State Michigan
County Osceola
Founded 1871
Founded by D. A. Blodgett and James Kennedy
Named for James Evart
Government
 • Type Council-manager
 • Mayor Eric Schmidt
 • City Manager Zach Szakacs
Area[1]
 • Total 2.27 sq mi (5.88 km2)
 • Land 2.24 sq mi (5.80 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
Elevation 1,007 ft (307 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 1,903
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 1,883
 • Density 849.6/sq mi (328.0/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 49631
Area code(s) 231
FIPS code 26-26640[4]
GNIS feature ID 0625681[5]

Evart is a city in Osceola County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,903 at the 2010 census. The city lies on the northern edge of Evart Township and is partially within neighboring Osceola Township.

History[edit]

Evart was founded in 1871 by D. A. Blodgett and James Kennedy. It was named for Frank Evart, an early pioneer of Osceola Township.[6] The village was platted in 1872, incorporated in 1873, and re-incorporated in 1875. Its population in 1884 was estimated to be 1,500.[7]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.27 square miles (5.88 km2), of which 2.24 square miles (5.80 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.[1]

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, Evart has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.[8]

Climate data for Evart, Michigan
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) −3
(27)
−1
(31)
5
(41)
12
(54)
20
(68)
24
(76)
27
(81)
26
(78)
21
(70)
14
(58)
6
(43)
0
(32)
12.6
(54.9)
Average low °C (°F) −13
(8)
−13
(9)
−8
(18)
−1
(31)
5
(41)
10
(50)
12
(54)
12
(53)
7
(45)
1
(33)
−4
(25)
−9
(16)
−0.1
(31.9)
Precipitation cm (inches) 5
(2)
3.8
(1.5)
5.6
(2.2)
7.4
(2.9)
7.4
(2.9)
8.1
(3.2)
6.4
(2.5)
10
(4)
10.9
(4.3)
7.1
(2.8)
5.8
(2.3)
5.3
(2.1)
82.8
(32.7)
Source: Weatherbase [9]

Demographics[edit]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 1,903 people, 767 households, and 466 families residing in the city. The population density was 849.6 inhabitants per square mile (328.0/km2). There were 889 housing units at an average density of 396.9 per square mile (153.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.7% White, 0.8% African American, 0.8% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.1% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.2% of the population.

There were 767 households of which 35.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.8% were married couples living together, 18.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.2% were non-families. 34.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 16% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.11.

The median age in the city was 33.5 years. 28.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 11% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.6% were from 25 to 44; 22.1% were from 45 to 64; and 15.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 45.3% male and 54.7% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,738 people, 699 households, and 452 families residing in the city. The population density was 866.8 per square mile (333.9/km²). There were 794 housing units at an average density of 396.0 per square mile (152.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.61% White, 0.52% African American, 0.98% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 0.29% from other races, and 1.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.27% of the population.

There were 699 households out of which 34.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.5% were married couples living together, 17.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.2% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the city the population was spread out with 29.2% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 81.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $23,348, and the median income for a family was $28,100. Males had a median income of $26,105 versus $20,063 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,691. About 18.8% of families and 24.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.0% of those under age 18 and 15.5% of those age 65 or over.

Government[edit]

Eric Schmidt is the current mayor of Evart, elected on November 6, 2007, The Evart City Council consists of a Mayor, Mayor Pro-Tem, and 4 council members. Evart has a City Manager form of local government.2007.

The City of Evart also provides a police department and other municipal services such as the Dept. of Public Works & Streets, Water and Sewer, City Hall, Parks & Recreation Dept., the Local Development Financial Authority and the Downtown Development Authority.

Recreation and tourism[edit]

The Muskegon River flows through the city of Evart and is a major source of recreation in the summer months, providing an environment hospitable to canoeing, kayaking, swimming, fishing, and other activities.

Evart is the home of a popular acoustic instrument festival, featuring many dulcimers, that takes place during the summer. Evart also hosts the Bob Holihan annual shuffleboard tournament which takes place at the city's Riverside Park. These two events attract people from all over the country.

US Highway 10 divides Evart into northern and southern portions and is responsible for bringing a fair amount of tourism-related commerce to the city.

Evart is home to SpringHill Camps' main camp site, just two miles north of the main road.

Brad Morgan, an Evart dairy farmer and compost manufacturer, was featured prominently in the 2007 documentary The Call of the Entrepreneur produced by the Acton Institute.

Notable people[edit]

  • Joseph William Guyton, the first American soldier to be killed on foreign soil during World War I, was born in Evart.
  • George Seman, better known as Ted, Police Chief in Evart, killed in the line of duty. A portion of US 10 in Evart was designated the George Edward (Ted) Seman Memorial Highway".[10]

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. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 122. 
  7. ^ Chapman Brothers (1884). Portrait and Biographical Album of Osceola County, pp. 368-69.
  8. ^ Climate Summary for Evart, Michigan
  9. ^ "Weatherbase.com". Weatherbase. 2013.  Retrieved on September 22, 2013.
  10. ^ PUBLIC ACT 292 of 2008, Bill Analysis, Senate Fiscal Agency, Michigan Legislature

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 43°54′02″N 85°15′29″W / 43.90056°N 85.25806°W / 43.90056; -85.25806