Location of Shepherd, Michigan
|• Total||0.97 sq mi (2.51 km2)|
|• Land||0.97 sq mi (2.51 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||774 ft (236 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||1,523|
|• Density||1,561.9/sq mi (603.1/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0637740|
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,515 people, 640 households, and 412 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,561.9 inhabitants per square mile (603.1 /km2). There were 699 housing units at an average density of 720.6 per square mile (278.2 /km2). The racial makeup of the village was 94.2% White, 0.5% African American, 1.3% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.9% from other races, and 2.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.2% of the population.
There were 640 households of which 31.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.3% were married couples living together, 14.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.6% were non-families. 30.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.92.
The median age in the village was 37.5 years. 24.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.7% were from 25 to 44; 27.8% were from 45 to 64; and 13% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 46.7% male and 53.3% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,536 people, 619 households, and 417 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,586.7 per square mile (611.4/km²). There were 641 housing units at an average density of 662.2 per square mile (255.1/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.35% White, 0.46% African American, 0.52% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.65% from other races, and 1.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.34% of the population.
There were 619 households out of which 36.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.9% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.5% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.07.
In the village the population was spread out with 27.5% under the age of 18, 10.9% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 19.5% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 89.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.5 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $40,804, and the median income for a family was $49,135. Males had a median income of $33,011 versus $21,950 for females. The per capita income for the village was $17,689. About 9.2% of families and 10.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.7% of those under age 18 and 4.7% of those age 65 or over.
Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival
The village has a well-attended Maple Syrup Festival the last full weekend of April. The annual tradition began in 1959 and includes arts, crafts, music, food and a parade featuring the Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival Queen. 2,375.1 gallons of syrup were produced in 2013, a new record for the town. http://www.shepherdmaplesyrupfest.org/
Len Kasper is from Shepherd and is a radio announcer for the Chicago Cubs.
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, Shepherd has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.
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- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Shepherd, Michigan
- Climate Summary for Shepherd, Michigan