Location of Lowell, Michigan
|• Mayor||Jim Hodges|
|• City Manager||Mark Howe|
|• Public Works Director||Dan Desjarden|
|• Chief Of Police||Steve Bukala|
|• Total||3.10 sq mi (8.03 km2)|
|• Land||2.88 sq mi (7.46 km2)|
|• Water||0.22 sq mi (0.57 km2)|
|Elevation||636 ft (194 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||3,839|
|• Density||1,313.5/sq mi (507.1/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0631155|
Downtown Lowell Historic District
|Location||Roughly along Main St. bet. Hudson and Washington, Lowell, Michigan|
|Architect||McDole, Shaw, et al.; Vinton, Colonel H.H., et al|
|Architectural style||Late Victorian, Art Deco|
|NRHP Reference #||
|Added to NRHP||December 09, 1999|
Lowell is a city in Kent County of the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 3,783 at the 2010 census. The city is in the northern portion of Lowell Township, but is politically independent. Lowell's economy is a mix of manufacturing, restaurants and locally owned businesses.
Lowell was founded as a trading post on the south bank of the Grand River in 1831 by Daniel Marsac. In 1847, he purchased land on the north side of the river and platted it as "Dansville". In 1851, a post office was established there named "Lowell" after the township. The community was replatted in 1854 and renamed after the post office. It incorporated as a village in 1861. Lowell is the home of a retired showboat, the Robert E. Lee.
As of the census of 2010, there were 3,783 people, 1,457 households, and 962 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,313.5 inhabitants per square mile (507.1/km2). There were 1,581 housing units at an average density of 549.0 per square mile (212.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.1% White, 1.3% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 1.1% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.0% of the population.
There were 1,457 households of which 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.8% were married couples living together, 15.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.0% were non-families. 29.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.04.
The median age in the city was 37.1 years. 25.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.1% were from 25 to 44; 25.2% were from 45 to 64; and 15% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.3% male and 53.7% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 4,013 people, 1,492 households, and 1,008 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,391.2 per square mile (538.0/km²). There were 1,564 housing units at an average density of 542.2 per square mile (209.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.21% White, 0.57% African American, 0.62% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 0.72% from other races, and 1.32% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.14% of the population.
There were 1,492 households out of which 38.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.4% were non-families. 26.7% 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 2.59 and the average family size was 3.17.
In the city, the population was spread out with 29.3% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 17.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 89.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.8 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $42,326, and the median income for a family was $49,145. Males had a median income of $36,525 versus $25,625 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,843. About 4.4% of families and 6.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.3% of those under age 18 and 7.5% of those age 65 or over.
Schools and athletics
Lowell Area Schools maintains eight school buildings: Lowell High, Lowell High Freshman Center, Lowell Middle, Alto Elementary, Bushnell Elementary, Cherry Creek Elementary, Murray Lake Elementary, and Unity High. The district excels in Michigan educational assessment program (MEAP), with only 8.3% of Michigan Schools scoring higher, and 95% of students are excelling in reading and math. They have around 4000 students in the district with a growth rate of 75 per year. The school district covers 130 square miles (340 km2). Greg Pratt is the current Lowell Area Schools Superintendent.
One private school, St. Patrick School, is also located within the Lowell Area School district. This school serves children from preschool through 8th grade and is affiliated with St. Patrick Catholic Church in Parnell. The school provides a comprehensive, faith-based curriculum.
The Lowell High School mascot is the Red Arrow. Lowell High School participates in Division 2 for all sports according to the Michigan High School Athletic Association. The football team is known for being a powerhouse, winning three state titles in 2002, 2004 and 2009. The Equestrian team won Lowell's first state championship then went on to win three more state titles, in 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2007. The High School wrestling program also has become a powerhouse in the state, holding four state championships, in 2002, 2004, 2009, and 2014.
Police and fire
The City of Lowell staffs a full-time police department located at 111 N. Monroe St. With a sworn staff of four full-time officers, six part-time officers, an investigator, a police sergeant, and the Police Chief. Two non-sworn employees provide additional support for the department. The Police Department also supports a Senior Volunteer Patrol which provides complementary services with in the City, including crossing guard details and property checks.
The Lowell Area Fire Department maintains a firehouse within the City on Hudson St. (M-50) south of downtown.
|CreeksidePark||Located in the 1600 block of Gee Dr.|
|Rec Park||Located in the 300 block of S. Broadway St.|
|Richards Park||Located in the 300 block of N. Hudson St.|
|Stoney Lakeside Park||Located in the 1200 block of Bowes Rd.|
|Lowell Dog Park||Located in the 1200 block of Bowes Rd.|
- William Seward Burroughs I, adding machine inventor, founder of the Burroughs Corporation and grandfather of Beat Generation author William S. Burroughs lived in Lowell in the 1860s and graduated from Lowell High School.
- David Christenson, distinguished classical scholar, grew up in Lowell (1960–74)
- Mike Dumas, professional football player (retired)
- Dave Hildenbrand, Michigan politician
- Anthony Kiedis, "Red Hot Chili Peppers" lead singer
- Glendon Swarthout, novelist, The Shootist, etc., graduated from Lowell High School.
- Daniel Vosovic, a fashion designer and a finalist in season 2 of the reality show, Project Runway.
This climatic region is typified by 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, Lowell has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.
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