Beal City, Michigan

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Beal City, Michigan
Location of Beal City, Michigan
Location of Beal City, Michigan
Coordinates: 43°40′9″N 84°54′31″W / 43.66917°N 84.90861°W / 43.66917; -84.90861Coordinates: 43°40′9″N 84°54′31″W / 43.66917°N 84.90861°W / 43.66917; -84.90861
CountryUnited States
 • Total4.0 sq mi (10.4 km2)
 • Land4.0 sq mi (10.4 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation863 ft (263 m)
 • Total357
 • Density89/sq mi (34.3/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
48858 (Mount Pleasant),
48893 (Weidman)
Area code(s)989
FIPS code26-06360[2]
GNIS feature ID0620813[1]

Beal City is an unincorporated community in Isabella County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is a census-designated place (CDP) for statistical purposes, but is not an incorporated municipality. The population was 357 at the 2010 census.[3] It is in Nottawa Township within the Isabella Indian Reservation of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Council.


Beal City is 12 miles (19 km) by road northwest of Mount Pleasant, the Isabella County seat, and 4 miles (6 km) southeast of Weidman. According to the United States Census Bureau, the Beal City CDP has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10.4 km2), all land.[3] The land drains east toward the North Branch of the Chippewa River, part of the Saginaw River watershed.


Beal City was established in 1880 and given a post office in 1892.[4]


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 345 people, 124 households, and 91 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 86.1 per square mile (33.2/km²). There were 131 housing units at an average density of 32.7 per square mile (12.6/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 98.84% White, 0.29% Native American, 0.29% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.29% of the population.

There were 124 households out of which 38.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.7% were married couples living together, 4.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.6% were non-families. 20.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.24.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 31.3% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 16.2% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.2 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $37,500, and the median income for a family was $50,250. Males had a median income of $31,875 versus $33,750 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $16,185. About 5.5% of families and 10.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.2% of those under age 18 and 8.5% of those age 65 or over.

Coldwater Lake[edit]

Coldwater Lake is located 2 miles (3 km) west of Beal City. The lake was once filled with floating logs from the local saw mills; there are still two sawmills in Beal City. Now Coldwater Lake attracts people from all across Isabella County to come swim, boat and camp at Coldwater Lake County Park.[5] The park offers modern campsites, rustic cabin rentals, and pull-through RV sites.

Beal City Public Schools[edit]

Beal City Public Schools is a kindergarten through 12th grade public school. In the 2009-2010 school year there were 338 enrolled students from all over Isabella County. The mascot of Beal City Public Schools is the Aggie, which happens to be a Pegasus. In 2009 the Beal City Aggies won the Division 8 Football State Championship held in Ford Field in Detroit. In 1993, 2009 and 2010 the Aggies won the Division IV Baseball State Championship. In 2010 Beal City High School has been awarded the bronze medal in the annual list of America's Best High Schools put out by U.S. News & World Report.[6]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Beal City, Michigan
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Beal City CDP, Michigan". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  4. ^ Walter Romig, Michigan Place Names, p. 49
  5. ^ Coldwater Lake County Park Archived July 15, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
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