Michigan Center, Michigan
|Michigan Center, Michigan|
|Census-designated place (CDP) & Unincorporated community|
Location of Michigan Center within Jackson County, Michigan
|• Total||5.7 sq mi (14.7 km2)|
|• Land||5.2 sq mi (13.4 km2)|
|• Water||0.5 sq mi (1.2 km2)|
|Elevation||945 ft (288 m)|
|• Density||895.6/sq mi (345.8/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0632205|
Michigan Center is an unincorporated community in Leoni Township of Jackson County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is also a census-designated place (CDP) for statistical purposes and without legal status as an incorporated municipality. The population was 4,641 at the 2000 census.
Michigan Center was platted as "Michigan Centre" in 1837 by Abel Fitch and Paul Ring, although there were settlements in the area from at least 1834. The name was presumably derived from the proximity to the Michigan Meridian which divided the state into eastern and western portions for surveying. The community is not close to any sort of geographical center of the state. Fitch became the first postmaster in 1838.
Michigan Center began developing as a mill town on a tributary of the Grand River. There was a station on Michigan Central Railroad. However, nearby Jackson rapidly outpaced Michigan Center, which has since become a bedroom community to the city of Jackson.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.7 square miles (15 km2), of which 5.2 square miles (13 km2) is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2) (8.48%) is water.
The community is situated primarily around the northern end of Center Lake, formed by a dam on a tributary of the Grand River. Several other nearby lakes on the same tributary form a connected chain of lakes: Round Lake, Price Lake, Moon Lake, Little Dollar Lake, Dollar Lake, Olcott Lake, Little Olcott Lake, Wolf Lake and Little Wolf Lake. Local residents travel between the first several lakes using small boats or personal watercraft.
As of the census of 2000, there were 4,641 people, 1,856 households, and 1,308 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 895.6 per square mile (345.9/km²). There were 1,961 housing units at an average density of 378.4 per square mile (146.2/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 97.72% White, 0.34% Black or African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.26% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.53% of the population.
There were 1,856 households out of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.1% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.5% were non-families. 23.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.94.
In the CDP, the population was spread out with 23.5% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 101.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.8 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $43,056, and the median income for a family was $49,159. Males had a median income of $38,233 versus $29,048 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $18,701. About 3.6% of families and 4.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.3% of those under age 18 and 6.8% of those age 65 or over.
Michigan Center hosts the annual Carp Carnival at Leoni Township Park in June. The Festival features a parade, fishing contest, midway games and rides, chicken barbecue dinners and beer tent.