Gobles, Michigan

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Gobles, Michigan
City
Location of Gobles, Michigan
Location of Gobles, Michigan
Coordinates: 42°21′36″N 85°52′46″W / 42.36000°N 85.87944°W / 42.36000; -85.87944
Country United States
State Michigan
County Van Buren
Area[1]
 • 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)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 829
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 818
 • Density 804.9/sq mi (310.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 49055
Area code(s) 269
FIPS code 26-32640[4]
GNIS feature ID 0626910[5]

Gobles is a city in Van Buren County of the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 829. It was originally called Gobleville, after its founders, the Goble family.

History[edit]

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.[6] 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.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.03 square miles (2.67 km2), all of it land.[1]

Demographics[edit]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] 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.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] 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.

Attractions[edit]

The popular Kal-Haven Trail, which runs from Kalamazoo to South Haven, Michigan, goes through the city's business district. Gobles is also home to Timber Ridge Ski Area.

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. ^ Romig, Walter. Michigan Place Names. Wayne State University Press (1986), p. 227.

Coordinates: 42°21′39″N 85°52′46″W / 42.36083°N 85.87944°W / 42.36083; -85.87944 http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2012/04/heart_of_gobles_burns_in_major.html