Lowell, Michigan

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Lowell, Michigan
City of Lowell
Historic district along Main Street (M-21)
Historic district along Main Street (M-21)
Nickname(s): 
"The Showboat City"
Location within Kent County
Location within Kent County
Lowell is located in Michigan
Lowell
Lowell
Location within the state of Michigan
Lowell is located in the United States
Lowell
Lowell
Location within the United States
Coordinates: 42°56′01″N 85°20′31″W / 42.93361°N 85.34194°W / 42.93361; -85.34194Coordinates: 42°56′01″N 85°20′31″W / 42.93361°N 85.34194°W / 42.93361; -85.34194
CountryUnited States
StateMichigan
CountyKent
Founded1831
Government
 • TypeMayor–council
 • MayorMichael DeVore & Dominick Ronchetti
 • ClerkAmy Brown
 • ManagerMichael Burns
Area
 • Total3.10 sq mi (8.03 km2)
 • Land2.88 sq mi (7.46 km2)
 • Water0.22 sq mi (0.57 km2)
Elevation
636 ft (194 m)
Population
 • Total3,783
 • Estimate 
(2019)[3]
4,171
 • Density1,448.26/sq mi (559.18/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
49331
Area code(s)616
FIPS code26-49540[4]
GNIS feature ID0631155[5]
WebsiteOfficial website

Lowell is a city in Kent County of the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 3,783 at the 2010 census.

Lowell is part of the Grand Rapids metropolitan area and is about 15 miles (24.1 km) east of the city of Grand Rapids. The city is mostly surrounded by Lowell Township to the south, but the two are administered autonomously. Lowell is situated just north of where the Flat River meets the Grand River. The city's downtown area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Downtown Lowell Historic District.

History[edit]

The earliest modern residents of the Flat River and Grand River were the Grand River Ottawa, who established several villages along the Grand River. In the first decades of the 19th century, the village was led by Wabiwindego and Keewaycooshcum, and later by Cobmoosa.[6] In the 1830s, Cobmoosa purchased the land under the Ottawa village in the name of his father, fur trader Antoine Campau.[7] The Ottawa remained at their village on the Flat River until 1858, when they moved to a reservation at Manistee, Michigan.[8]

The modern city of Lowell was founded in 1831 by Daniel Marsac as a trading post with this existing Ottawa village, built on the south bank of the Grand River.[9] During the first years of his trading post, Marsac lived with the Grand River Ottawa leader Wabiwindego.[10] In 1847, he purchased land on the north side of the river and platted it as "Dansville". In 1851, a post office was established there named "Lowell" after the township. The community was replatted in 1854 and renamed after the post office. It incorporated as a village in 1861.[11]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.10 square miles (8.03 km2), of which 2.88 square miles (7.46 km2) is land and 0.22 square miles (0.57 km2) (7.10%) is water.[12]

Lowell is the home of the North Country Trail Association.[13] In the Lowell area, the trail runs just north of downtown and along portions of the Flat River.

Major highways[edit]

  • M-21 runs east–west though the center of the community.

Climate[edit]

This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Lowell has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.[14]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860547
18701,503174.8%
18801,5382.3%
18901,82918.9%
19001,736−5.1%
19101,7611.4%
19201,730−1.8%
19301,91910.9%
19401,9441.3%
19502,19112.7%
19602,54516.2%
19703,06820.6%
19803,70720.8%
19903,9837.4%
20004,0130.8%
20103,783−5.7%
2019 (est.)4,171[3]10.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[15]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 3,783 people, 1,457 households, and 962 families living in the city. The population density was 1,313.5 inhabitants per square mile (507.1/km2). There were 1,581 housing units at an average density of 549.0 per square mile (212.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.1% White, 1.3% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 1.1% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.0% of the population.

There were 1,457 households, of which 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.8% were married couples living together, 15.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.0% were non-families. 29.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.04.

The median age in the city was 37.1 years. 25.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.1% were from 25 to 44; 25.2% were from 45 to 64; and 15% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.3% male and 53.7% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 4,013 people, 1,492 households, and 1,008 families living in the city. The population density was 1,391.2 per square mile (538.0/km2). There were 1,564 housing units at an average density of 542.2 per square mile (209.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.21% White, 0.57% African American, 0.62% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 0.72% from other races, and 1.32% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.14% of the population.

There were 1,492 households, out of which 38.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.4% were non-families. 26.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 29.3% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 17.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $42,326, and the median income for a family was $49,145. Males had a median income of $36,525 versus $25,625 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,843. About 4.4% of families and 6.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.3% of those under age 18 and 7.5% of those age 65 or over.

Recreation[edit]

Lowell Parks Location
Creekside Park Located in the 1600 block of Gee Dr.
Recreation Park Located in the 300 block of S. Broadway St.
Richards Park Located in the 300 block of N. Hudson St.
Stoney Lakeside Park Located in the 1200 block of Bowes Rd.
Lowell Dog Park Located in the 1200 block of Bowes Rd.[1][2]

Education[edit]

Lowell Area Schools is the local school district. Bushnell and Cherry Creek elementary schools serve the city itself. Lowell Middle School and Lowell High School serve the entire school district.[16]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 25, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Lowell, Michigan
  6. ^ Hartz, Bennett (July 1, 2019). "Wabaningo: An Ottawa Leader and Legend". Michigan History. Lansing, MI: Historical Society of Michigan. Retrieved July 9, 2021.
  7. ^ McClurken, James M. (2009). Our People, Our Journey: The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press. p. 38. ISBN 9780870138560.
  8. ^ Romig, Walter (1986). Michigan Place Names: The History Of The Founding And The Naming Of More Then Five Thousand Past And Present Michigan Communities. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. p. 123. ISBN 9780814318386.
  9. ^ Collections and Researches Made by the Pioneer and Historical Society of the State of Michigan. Lansing, MI: Wynkoop Hallenbeck Crawford Company. 1912. p. 60. ISBN 9780282377953.
  10. ^ Collections and Researches Made by the Pioneer and Historical Society of the State of Michigan. Lansing, MI: Wynkoop Hallenbeck Crawford Company. 1912. p. 60. ISBN 9780282377953.
  11. ^ Romig, Walter (1986) [1973]. Michigan Place Names. Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-1838-X.
  12. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
  13. ^ "North Country Trail Association". Retrieved 18 January 2011.
  14. ^ Climate Summary for Lowell, Michigan
  15. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  16. ^ "lowell_schools_map.pdf" (PDF). Lowell Area Schools. Retrieved 2021-02-23. - Elementary school boundary descriptions here (see text for information on Bushnell and Cherry Creek elementaries)
  17. ^ https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/2140619/
  18. ^ Omaha World Herald, November 26, 1982, page 4
  19. ^ https://www.worldcat.org/oclc/905700998
  20. ^ "Senator Dave Hildenbrand". Michigan Senate Republicans. Archived from the original on 4 December 2010. Retrieved 17 January 2011.
  21. ^ "Memorial | Faculty History Project".
  22. ^ http://www.authorannrule.com/Ann_Rule_Bio.html
  23. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-10-10. Retrieved 2019-05-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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