Location of Baldwin in Lake County, Michigan
|• Total||1.26 sq mi (3.26 km2)|
|• Land||1.26 sq mi (3.26 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||856 ft (261 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||1,216|
|• Density||958.7/sq mi (370.2/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||2398022|
Baldwin is a village in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,208 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Lake County. The village is located on the boundary between Webber Township on the north and Pleasant Plains Township on the south, with the larger portion lying in Pleasant Plains.
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,208 people, 404 households, and 190 families residing in the village. The population density was 958.7 inhabitants per square mile (370.2/km2). There were 478 housing units at an average density of 379.4 per square mile (146.5/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 62.8% White, 29.0% African American, 0.9% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 6.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.1% of the population.
There were 404 households of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 24.0% were married couples living together, 19.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 53.0% were non-families. 49.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.07 and the average family size was 3.06.
The median age in the village was 36.8 years. 20.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 31.5% were from 25 to 44; 23% were from 45 to 64; and 15.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 53.3% male and 46.7% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,107 people, 397 households, and 183 families residing in the village. The population density was 873.2 per square mile (336.5/km²). There were 479 housing units at an average density of 377.8 per square mile (145.6/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 59.62% White, 34.33% African American, 1.36% Native American, 0.45% from other races, and 4.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.71% of the population.
There were 397 households out of which 26.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 27.0% were married couples living together, 17.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 53.9% were non-families. 49.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 27.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.12 and the average family size was 3.19.
In the village the population was spread out with 22.2% under the age of 18, 12.8% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 16.4% from 45 to 64, and 21.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 113.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 112.1 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $15,550, and the median income for a family was $22,857. Males had a median income of $26,042 versus $21,364 for females. The per capita income for the village was $9,619. About 32.0% of families and 35.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 44.7% of those under age 18 and 21.1% of those age 65 or over.
Baldwin is served by the Baldwin Community Schools school district, including Baldwin High School. A "Baldwin Promise" promises funding for college education in Michigan of all Baldwin High School graduates.
Baldwin is primarily a tourist town. As such, much of its economy is based around the summer months. Lake County sports many lakes and rivers, as well as the vast wilderness of the Manistee National Forest. Many come to Baldwin on vacation to camp, canoe, fish, or hunt.
The North Lake Correctional Facility is a private, for-profit, maximum security prison that was constructed in the late 1990s by the Wackenhut Corrections Co., which has since become the GEO Group. The prison was originally built to house Michigan’s youth offenders. The GEO group expanded the prison from 500 to 1,700 beds in the late 2000s.
In June 2015, 280 high security inmates convicted of crimes in the state of Vermont arrived from out-of-state prisons to the Baldwin facility. Lake Country Republican Rep. Jon Bumstead sponsored a bill in the Michigan Legislature to raise the North Lake facility to Michigan's highest security rating. The Michigan Senate voted 23-14 to remove the former restrictive provision, making it legal for the GEO Group to house out-of-state prisoners of all security classifications in Baldwin. As Lake County has high poverty and unemployment rates, the employment possibilities at the private prison have been seen as a positive for the residents. County Commissioner Dan Sloan stated that as many as 150 jobs would result from the influx of out-of-state prisoners to the facility.
Among the people who have resided in the Baldwin area are:
- Robert F. Williams who was an associate of the National Rifle Association, an activist for African American causes and the author of the 1962 book Negroes with Guns
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