Howard City, Michigan

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Howard City, Michigan
Village
Location of Howard City, Michigan
Location of Howard City, Michigan
Coordinates: 43°23′44″N 85°28′4″W / 43.39556°N 85.46778°W / 43.39556; -85.46778Coordinates: 43°23′44″N 85°28′4″W / 43.39556°N 85.46778°W / 43.39556; -85.46778
Country United States
State Michigan
County Montcalm
Founded 1868
Incorporated 1873 (village)
Area[1]
 • Total 2.56 sq mi (6.63 km2)
 • Land 2.53 sq mi (6.55 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
Elevation 889 ft (271 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 1,808
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 1,791
 • Density 714.6/sq mi (275.9/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 49329
Area code(s) 231
FIPS code 26-39500[4]
GNIS feature ID 1620259[5]

Howard City is a village in Montcalm County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,808 at the 2010 census. The village is within Reynolds Township.

History[edit]

Benjamin Ensley owned the land on which he, E. W. Muenscher, and Mr. Shaw began the settlement that Muenscher platted in 1868. It was named for William A. Howard, a Detroit railroad attorney. The Detroit, Grand Rapids and Western Railroad depot opened in 1869. A post office was established on January 12, 1870, with John B. Spencer as the first postmaster. It incorporated as a village in 1873. The post office name was shortened to "Howard" on February 2, 1895, but restored to Howard City on January 19, 1899.[6]

Main street was initially constructed on Ensley street, which was named after early settler Benjamin Ensley, but in 1883 many of the wooden buildings on Ensley street burned down. Main street was then shifted over to Edgerton street, where it still stands today. The Hudson Knife factory and The Skinner and Steenman sideboard factory were two of the earliest businesses. Later, Hudson Knife Co. went through changes and became the Joslin and eventually Olsen Knife Company, which had somewhat famous jingle "Fatty Fatty run for your life, here comes Skinny with an Olsen Knife." Howard City schools were combined with Sand Lake schools to the south in 1962, and renamed Tri County, because students from Kent, Montcalm, and Newaygo counties all attended. The school still runs under the same moniker today.

Schools[edit]

Tri County schools, located 3 miles southwest of Howard City, is the main school district in Howard City. Schools include Tri County Highschool, Tri County Middle School, MacNaughten Elementary, Sand Lake Elementary and Edgerton Upper Elementary. The School mascot is the Viking. Sports include football, basketball, softball, baseball, sideline cheer, competitive cheer, golf, track and field, cross country, bowling, poms and soccer. In 2009, the varsity softball team took a District title, but fell short at regionals to Petosky. Area schools include Newaygo, Morley-Stanwood, Lakeview and Cedar Springs.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.56 square miles (6.63 km2), of which, 2.53 square miles (6.55 km2) of it is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.[1]

The Howard City post office, with ZIP code 49329, also serves much of southern Reynolds Township, as well as a large part of Winfield Township to the east, a small area of Maple Valley Township to the southeast, portions of Pierson Township to the south. It also serves parts of Croton Township to the west and Ensley Township to the southwest in Newaygo County.[7]

Demographics[edit]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 1,808 people, 685 households, and 464 families residing in the village. The population density was 714.6 inhabitants per square mile (275.9/km2). There were 743 housing units at an average density of 293.7 per square mile (113.4/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 96.3% White, 0.6% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.8% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.4% of the population.

There were 685 households of which 39.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.1% were married couples living together, 17.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.3% were non-families. 26.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.13.

The median age in the village was 33.6 years. 29.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.9% were from 25 to 44; 21.8% were from 45 to 64; and 12.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 46.6% male and 53.4% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,585 people, 576 households, and 410 families residing in the village. The population density was 631.5 per square mile (243.8/km²). There were 626 housing units at an average density of 249.4 per square mile (96.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 95.90% White, 0.19% African American, 0.57% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.95% from other races, and 2.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.59% of the population.

There were 576 households out of which 38.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.4% were married couples living together, 14.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.8% were non-families. 25.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the village the population was spread out with 32.3% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 17.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 84.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.4 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $34,556, and the median income for a family was $41,250. Males had a median income of $32,241 versus $22,917 for females. The per capita income for the village was $14,076. About 5.7% of families and 10.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.4% of those under age 18 and 13.1% of those age 65 or over.

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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. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Howard City, Michigan
  6. ^ Romig, Walter (1986) [1973]. Michigan Place Names. Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-1838-X. 
  7. ^ ZCTA Reference Map for 49329, U.S. Census Bureau, 2000 census
  8. ^ "GRAND RAPIDS-CADILLAC-TRAVERSE CITY-PETOSKEY". Indian Trails. January 15, 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-09.