Elk Rapids, Michigan

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Elk Rapids, Michigan
Village of Elk Rapids
Welcome sign
Welcome sign
Nickname: 
"E.R."
Location within Antrim County
Location within Antrim County
Elk Rapids is located in Michigan
Elk Rapids
Elk Rapids
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 44°53′49″N 85°24′38″W / 44.89694°N 85.41056°W / 44.89694; -85.41056
Country United States
State Michigan
CountyAntrim
TownshipElk Rapids
Platted1852
Incorporated1900
Government
 • TypeVillage council
 • PresidentJames Janisse
 • ClerkCaroline Kennedy
Area
 • Total2.01 sq mi (5.20 km2)
 • Land1.65 sq mi (4.27 km2)
 • Water0.36 sq mi (0.93 km2)
Elevation
597 ft (182 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total1,529
 • Density926.67/sq mi (357.68/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
49629
Area code231
FIPS code26-25320[2]
GNIS feature ID0625459[3]
WebsiteOfficial website

Elk Rapids is a village in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,529 at the 2020 census. Located in the southwest of Antrim County, Elk Rapids lies between Elk Lake and the East Arm of Grand Traverse Bay, a bay of Lake Michigan. The Elk River bisects the village, flowing west. The village is located within Elk Rapids Township, about 15 miles (24 km) northeast of Traverse City.

History[edit]

The first settler in the Elk Rapids area was Abram S. Wadsworth, from Connecticut. Wadsworth platted the area in 1852, calling it Stevens. A post office opened in 1854. In 1858, Wadsworth renamed the area to Elk Rapids, after finding a pair of elk antlers near the mouth of the later-named Elk River.[4] In 1863, Antrim County was organized, and Elk Rapids was made the county seat. However, the seat was moved to the more centrally-located Bellaire in 1879.[5] In 1892, Elk Rapids became a station on a spur of the Chicago and West Michigan Railway.[6] The town was incorporated as a village in 1900.[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.01 square miles (5.21 km2), of which, 1.65 square miles (4.27 km2) of it is land and 0.36 square miles (0.93 km2) is water.[7]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
CensusPop.Note
1880620
19101,673
1920684−59.1%
1930615−10.1%
194069012.2%
195088928.8%
19601,01514.2%
19701,24923.1%
19801,50420.4%
19901,6268.1%
20001,7004.6%
20101,642−3.4%
20201,529−6.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[9] of 2010, there were 1,642 people, 791 households, and 478 families residing in the village. The population density was 995.2 inhabitants per square mile (384.2/km2). There were 1,179 housing units at an average density of 714.5 per square mile (275.9/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 96.6% White, 0.7% African American, 1.2% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.2% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.3% of the population.

There were 791 households, of which 21.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.4% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.6% were non-families. 34.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.9% 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 2.63.

The median age in the village was 52.4 years. 18.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 16.3% were from 25 to 44; 30.9% were from 45 to 64; and 28.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 46.5% male and 53.5% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,700 people, 769 households, and 483 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,014.3 inhabitants per square mile (391.6/km2). There were 1,056 housing units at an average density of 630.1 per square mile (243.3/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.00% White, 0.29% African American, 1.00% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.24% Pacific Islander, 0.59% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.12% of the population.

There were 769 households, out of which 27.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.7% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.1% were non-families. 34.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 24.2% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 23.2% from 25 to 44, 27.5% from 45 to 64, and 19.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.2 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $31,382, and the median income for a family was $45,179. Males had a median income of $30,845 versus $23,167 for females. The per capita income for the village was $19,735. About 7.6% of families and 8.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.1% of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.

Major highways[edit]

  • US 31 runs north–south through Elk Rapids, east of the central business district. US 31 parallels the shore of Lake Michigan, and can be used to access the nearby city of Traverse City.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 21, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ a b Romig, Walter (1986). Michigan Place Names: The History and Naming of More Than Five Thousand Past and Present Michigan Communities. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. p. 179. ISBN 0-8143-1838-X.
  5. ^ "History of Antrim County, MI". genealogytrails.com. Retrieved January 21, 2023.
  6. ^ "michiganrailroads.com - Evolution Map - Lower - 1892". www.michiganrailroads.com. Retrieved January 21, 2023.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on January 25, 2012. Retrieved November 25, 2012.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 25, 2012.

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