Ithaca, Michigan

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Ithaca, Michigan
Location of Ithaca, Michigan
Location of Ithaca, Michigan
Coordinates: 43°17′28″N 84°36′11″W / 43.29111°N 84.60306°W / 43.29111; -84.60306
CountryUnited States
 • MayorTim Palmer
 • Total5.87 sq mi (15.20 km2)
 • Land5.71 sq mi (14.79 km2)
 • Water0.16 sq mi (0.41 km2)
794 ft (242 m)
 • Total2,910
 • Estimate 
 • Density490.28/sq mi (189.30/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)989
FIPS code26-41340[4]
GNIS feature ID0629141[5]

Ithaca is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan located very near the geographical center of the state's lower peninsula. The population was 2,910 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Gratiot County,[6] and is run as a council-manager government. It is at the southeast corner of Emerson township, but is administratively autonomous.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.28 square miles (13.68 km2), of which 5.23 square miles (13.55 km2) is land and 0.05 square miles (0.13 km2) is water.[7]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20172,799[3]−3.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 2,910 people, 1,188 households, and 765 families residing in the city. The population density was 556.4 inhabitants per square mile (214.8/km2). There were 1,293 housing units at an average density of 247.2 per square mile (95.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.7% White, 0.5% African American, 0.9% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 1.5% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.2% of the population.

There were 1,188 households of which 31.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.0% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.6% were non-families. 30.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.88.

The median age in the city was 39.2 years. 23.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.2% were from 25 to 44; 26.7% were from 45 to 64; and 15.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.5% male and 52.5% female.




Ithaca has four parks within the city limits. These include the Woodland Park, Atkinson Park, McNabb Park, and the newly created Ithaca Dog Park. Woodland park is a large park for children, including a playscape and lots of other playground equipments like slides and swings. The park also has a large sledding hill and an ice skating rink. Inside the Woodland park to the North end site the Ithaca Dog park which was started and finished in the summer of 2012. Atkinson Park is much quieter and is a senior favorite as it is very close to the community Senior Center and senior housing. McNabb Park can be found in the South of the town and is home to many events throughout the year, including the Gratiot Agricultural Society Expo and AYSO soccer games. McNabb park also has several biking and hiking paths to enjoy.


Ithaca has one unified public school system, which is spread out over three buildings (covering the communities of Ithaca, Sumner, North Star and the surrounding townships). The school mascot is Jack, a YellowJacket The high school has tennis facilities which host matches with area teams. The school's football and soccer stadium was recently renovated with funding from both public and private donors. The stadium was completed over the course of the summer of 2012 and features renovated concessions and bathroom facilities, as well as renovated seating and a new concourse. Since 1998 there is a student exchange program with a german school (Goethe-Gymnasium Ludwigslust), where everey year a couple of students exchange for a couple of weeks.

National Register of Historic Places[edit]

The following properties and districts in Ithaca are listed on the National Register of Historic Places registry:


Along with the Native Americans, the first recorded settler in Ithaca was James J. Bush from Howell, Michigan in 1850. John Jeffery, from New York State, bought land in 1853, and permanently relocated on the land in 1855. He platted the area in 1856, assisted by Sidney S. Hastings, calling it Gratiot Center and laying out streets, lots, blocks, and even alleys. Gratiot Center was the name of its first post office, granted on November 16, 1855 with John Knight as the first postmaster. In 1856 the site was named as the county seat of Gratiot County. The settlement’s name was changed on April 13, 1857 to Ithaca, after Ithaca, New York. Ithaca was incorporated as a village in 1869 and became a city in 1961.

Notable people from Ithaca[edit]


  1. ^ "2017 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jan 3, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-07-14. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.

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Coordinates: 43°17′30″N 84°36′27″W / 43.29167°N 84.60750°W / 43.29167; -84.60750