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Location of Sturgis, Michigan
|• Total||6.49 sq mi (16.81 km2)|
|• Land||6.49 sq mi (16.81 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||915 ft (279 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||10,884|
|• Density||1,694.0/sq mi (654.1/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1624965|
Sturgis is a city in St. Joseph County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 10,994 at the 2010 census. The city is located at the northeast corner of Sturgis Township and at the intersection of U.S. Highway 12 (US 12) and M-66.
In 1827, Judge John Sturgis came to the St. Joseph Valley area in southern Michigan territory and settled in what is now Sturgis. The original site of his home can be seen at Pioneer Park, maintained by the City of Sturgis. The area's population grew in size and, in 1896, the town became a city. Just north of Sturgis is Kirsch Municipal Airport.
Each year, in the third week of May, Sturgis served as the kickoff city for Michigan Week. Many prominent political figures walked in the parade annually. These included State Representative from the 59th District Matt Lori, State Senator from the 16th District Cameron Brown, and 6th District U.S. Representative Fred Upton. In the past, this has also included the then Governor of Michigan, John Engler, who walked in the city's kickoff parade annually. In 2010, Sturgis ended the tradition of holding the Michigan Kick-Off, opting instead to celebrate in June, Sturgis Dam Days. Sturgis Dam Days is now held in honor of the hydro-electric dam that opened in 1911, located near Centerville, MI, but is owned by the city of Sturgis. The one hundred year anniversary of this Dam was celebrated at the city's final Sturgis Dam Days in 2011.
As of the census of 2010, there were 10,994 people, 4,088 households, and 2,632 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,694.0 inhabitants per square mile (654.1 /km2). There were 4,595 housing units at an average density of 708.0 per square mile (273.4 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 80.6% White, 1.4% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 13.6% from other races, and 3.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 22.8% of the population.
There were 4,088 households of which 39.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.8% were married couples living together, 15.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.6% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 13% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.28.
The median age in the city was 32.3 years. 30% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.1% were from 25 to 44; 22% were from 45 to 64; and 12.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.3% male and 52.7% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 11,285 people, 4,293 households, and 2,726 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,894.5 inhabitants per square mile (731.5 /km2). There were 4,529 housing units at an average density of 760.3 per square mile (293.6 /km2). As of 2011, the racial makeup of the city was 91% White, 1% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.4% Asian, 4.4% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 20% of the population.
There were 4,293 households out of which 35.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.6% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.5% were non-families. 30.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.6% 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 3.20.
In the city the population was spread out with 28.2% under the age of 18, 11.5% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 17.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 92.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $33,838, and the median income for a family was $43,381. Males had a median income of $29,508 versus $21,810 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,990. About 11.2% of families and 16.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.5% of those under age 18 and 10.0% of those age 65 or over.
- Tom Bodett, American author, voice actor, and radio host and spokesperson for Motel 6.
- Cameron S. Brown, former state senator of the 16th Senate District of Michigan, is from Sturgis.
- Walter T. Kelley, innovator of beekeeping methods and materials.
- Perle Mesta, socialite and Ambassador to Luxembourg, was born in Sturgis.
- Verne Troyer, actor, was born in Sturgis, but grew up in Centreville, Michigan.
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- ZIP code lookup, USPS.com
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|Wikisource has the text of the 1920 Encyclopedia Americana article Sturgis.|