Location of Mendon, Michigan
|• Total||1.02 sq mi (2.64 km2)|
|• Land||1.01 sq mi (2.62 km2)|
|• Water||0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)|
|Elevation||843 ft (257 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||861|
|• Density||861.4/sq mi (332.6/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1624728|
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The original county of St. Joseph was divided into townships. Mendon township was settled in 1831. The village of Mendon was platted in 1845.
On April 11, 1905, a construction grant was received to fund the building of the Mendon Township Library. It is one of the many Carnegie Libraries still in operation to this day.
As of the census of 2010, there were 870 people, 319 households, and 241 families residing in the village. The population density was 861.4 inhabitants per square mile (332.6/km2). There were 349 housing units at an average density of 345.5 per square mile (133.4/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 96.9% White, 0.8% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.2% of the population.
There were 319 households of which 39.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.4% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 24.5% were non-families. 20.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.08.
The median age in the village was 37.1 years. 28.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.2% were from 25 to 44; 28.4% were from 45 to 64; and 10.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 49.4% male and 50.6% female.
According to the census of 2000, there were 917 people, 334 households, and 245 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,217.1 per square mile (472.1/km²). There were 364 housing units at an average density of 483.1 per square mile (187.4/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.84% White, 0.65% African American, 0.44% Native American, 0.55% Pacific Islander, 0.44% from other races, and 1.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.07% of the population.
There were 334 households out of which 38.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.8% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.6% were non-families. 21.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.23.
In the village the population was spread out with 31.4% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 32.3% from 25 to 44, 17.7% from 45 to 64, and 10.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 97.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.2 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $40,000, and the median income for a family was $41,625. Males had a median income of $34,479 versus $27,692 for females. The per capita income for the village was $17,266. About 3.9% of families and 5.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.3% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.
Each year, the village celebrates the Mendon Riverfest at Reed River Park on the banks of the St. Joseph River. This festival began in 1987 at the Wakeman House, but relocated around 1989 when the size of the festival became too large for the venue. The Mendon Riverfest takes place every third weekend in August from Thursday through Saturday. Some of the signature activities include the Lip Sync Contest, the Canoe Swamp, Casino Night and the Toy Boat Race. The culmination of the festival happens Saturday night with a fireworks display over the banks of the St. Joseph River.
Mendon also happens to be the home of two landmarks that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Marantette House was added to the list in 1973, followed by the Marantette Bridge in 2001.
Mendon Junior/Senior High School is also one of the top academic schools in southwestern Michigan. Mendon Junior/Senior High School scored better in writing on the spring 2009 Michigan Merit Exam than any other school in the region. They also finished second in reading and third in English language arts. Mendon Junior/Senior High School has a rather successful football program. Along with many league titles, the program has won thirteen state championships in its history. The most recent happens to be a win over Fowler High School (Michigan) with a score of 33-0 in the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Division 8 Championship game in 2011.
- Nathan Bombrys, professional rugby managing director; grew up in Mendon.
- Pete Estes, fifteenth president of General Motors; born in Mendon.
- David Small, author and illustrator; resides in Mendon.
- Sarah Stewart (author), author; resides in Mendon.
- Ryan Thompson (politician), write-in candidate for Idaho State Senate District 16 in 2016 general election; grew up in Mendon.
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