Location of Gobles, Michigan
|• Total||1.03 sq mi (2.67 km2)|
|• Land||1.03 sq mi (2.67 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||817 ft (249 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||818|
|• Density||804.9/sq mi (310.8/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0626910|
1n 1864-1865, John Goble built a hotel at this location. In 1870 it was platted as Gobleville by Hiram E. Goble. Hiram Goble also became the first postmaster on April 16, 1872. Gobleville was platted as a village in 1893. The current name of Gobles was adopted on April 10, 1922. Gobles was incorporated as a city in 1957. In 2012, a fire raged throughout the town, causing damage to economic highlights like Jan's trailside cafe, Jan's Oasis, and CCC Bait and Tackle (Kalamazoo News 4-6-12)
In the early 1950s, movies were shown every Saturday night in the Gobles' Town Park. Many of the movies were science-fiction and provided many a scare to the children watching. It was a wonderful experience for the children and one that continues to live in their childhood memories.
On Sundays, after attending church, the town residents and the vacationers from nearby Mill Lake, went to Spades' Drug Store and had a soda at the soda fountain. This treat was the highlight of the week for many children.
As of the census of 2010, there were 829 people, 320 households, and 210 families residing in the city. The population density was 804.9 inhabitants per square mile (310.8/km2). There were 347 housing units at an average density of 336.9 per square mile (130.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.1% White, 0.6% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.7% from other races, and 4.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.9% of the population.
There were 320 households of which 35.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.3% were married couples living together, 14.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.4% were non-families. 29.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 15% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.24.
The median age in the city was 37.7 years. 27.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26% were from 25 to 44; 26.7% were from 45 to 64; and 12.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.6% male and 52.4% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 815 people, 314 households, and 209 families residing in the city. The population density was 786.9 per square mile (302.6/km²). There were 333 housing units at an average density of 321.5 per square mile (123.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.11% White, 1.84% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 1.10% from other races, and 2.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.33% of the population.
There were 314 households out of which 35.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.9% were married couples living together, 16.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.4% were non-families. 28.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.13.
In the city the population was spread out with 30.6% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 29.2% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 81.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $26,917, and the median income for a family was $33,194. Males had a median income of $31,250 versus $21,818 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,804. About 16.4% of families and 18.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.0% of those under age 18 and 17.8% of those age 65 or over.
- "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.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Romig, Walter. Michigan Place Names. Wayne State University Press (1986), p. 227.