|Village of Gaines|
Location of the Village of Gaines within Genesee County, Michigan.
|• President||Sam Stiff|
|• Total||0.37 sq mi (0.96 km2)|
|• Land||0.37 sq mi (0.96 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||856 ft (261 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||375|
|• Density||1,027.0/sq mi (396.5/km2)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0626594|
The Village of Gaines did not see a settler until 1856. The first passenger train passed through the future village site on July 4, 1856 and a post office, Gaines Station, was established that same year. The Grand Trunk Western Railroad depot, built in 1884, now houses a library branch.
In August 2016, the village's lone police officer retired. By March 9, 2017, the village council formally dissolved the police department and Gaines Township purchased the police car.
The village was incorporated under the General Law Village Act provisions making its government form a weak mayor-council. The governing body is the Village Council which comprises the Village President, its presiding officer, and 6 trustees. Treasurer and Clerk are elected. The trustee are elected for two-year terms. The elected officers are elected to one year terms. Police services are provided by Gaines Township.
|2014||Sam Stiff||Carol Erickson, Barb Ferris, James Savage, Kathy Volkening, Diane Nowak, Sherry Lang|
|2016||Diane Nowak, Emily Alexander, Melissa Neal,
Barb Ferris, James Savage, Carol Erickson 
|District Court||4th Division - Fenton||Mark McCabe, Chief Judge|
|School District||Swartz Creek||Multiple; see article|
|Community College||C.S. Mott||Multiple: see article|
|Source: Census Bureau.
Census 1960- 2000, 2010.
As of the census of 2010, there were 380 people, 154 households, and 98 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,027.0 inhabitants per square mile (396.5/km2). There were 171 housing units at an average density of 462.2 per square mile (178.5/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.9% White, 0.3% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.3% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.8% of the population.
There were 154 households of which 33.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.4% were non-families. 31.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.2% 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 3.09.
The median age in the village was 38.5 years. 26.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.5% were from 25 to 44; 28% were from 45 to 64; and 12.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 50.3% male and 49.7% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 366 people, 143 households, and 98 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,205.5 per square mile (471.0/km²). There were 155 housing units at an average density of 510.5 per square mile (199.5/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 93.72% White, 1.91% African American, 0.55% Asian, 1.37% from other races, and 2.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.64% of the population.
There were 143 households out of which 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.0% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.8% were non-families. 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 2.99.
In the village, the population was spread out with 28.1% under the age of 18, 10.1% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 9.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 104.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.0 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $44,375, and the median income for a family was $46,250. Males had a median income of $50,625 versus $22,500 for females. The per capita income for the village was $19,790. About 8.5% of families and 10.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.6% of those under age 18 and 18.5% of those age 65 or over.
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