|Village of Roscommon|
Looking north along Lake Street (M-18)
Location within Roscommon County
|• Type||Village council|
|• Village manager||Ron Alden|
|• Total||1.66 sq mi (4.29 km2)|
|• Land||1.65 sq mi (4.26 km2)|
|• Water||0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)|
|Elevation||1,135 ft (346 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||639.34/sq mi (246.91/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1621434|
Roscommon (//) is a village in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the village population was 1,075. In 2017, the population was estimated at 1,053. Roscommon is the county seat of Roscommon County.
The village of Roscommon is located within Higgins Township in the northern portion of the county, while Roscommon Township is in the southwestern portion. Roscommon has its own post office with the 48653 ZIP Code, which also serves all of Gerrish Township, most of Lyon Township, and smaller areas extending into Lake Township, Markey Township, and Au Sable Township. It also serves portions of South Branch Township and Beaver Creek Township to the north in Crawford County. The Roscommon post office first opened on January 9, 1873.
Located near Houghton Lake, Higgins Lake, and Lake St. Helen, Roscommon is accessible by two major highways: U.S. Route 127 and Interstate 75. M-18 also runs through the village. The South Branch of the Au Sable River passes through the village and is a popular destination for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing. Beginning in 1979, the annual Michigan's Firemen's Memorial Festival is held in Roscommon and commemorates firefighters who died while protecting their communities.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.50 square miles (3.88 km2), of which 1.49 square miles (3.86 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.
Roscommon is within close proximity of three state parks: South Higgins Lake State Park, North Higgins Lake State Park, and Hartwick Pines State Park. A 160-acre (65 ha) parcel within the Au Sable State Forest, referred to as the Roscommon Red Pines, is eight miles (12 km) east of Roscommon. It is an old-growth stand of red pines.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,075 people, 423 households, and 233 families residing in the village. The population density was 721.5 inhabitants per square mile (278.6/km2). There were 507 housing units at an average density of 340.3 per square mile (131.4/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 95.6% White, 0.3% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.8% Asian, and 2.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.2% of the population.
There were 423 households of which 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.4% were married couples living together, 16.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 44.9% were non-families. 42.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.13 and the average family size was 2.88.
The median age in the village was 43.6 years. 22.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.4% were from 25 to 44; 25.4% were from 45 to 64; and 22.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 47.8% male and 52.2% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,133 people, 436 households, and 235 families residing in the village. The population density was 695.1 per square mile (268.4/km²). There were 491 housing units at an average density of 301.2 per square mile (116.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.03% White, 1.24% African American, 0.79% Native American, 0.44% Asian, and 1.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.18% of the population.
There were 436 households out of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.2% were married couples living together, 14.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.9% were non-families. 40.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 3.01.
In the village, the population was spread out with 22.9% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 23.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 85.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.6 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $28,229, and the median income for a family was $33,929. Males had a median income of $29,844 versus $18,875 for females. The per capita income for the village was $14,746. About 19.3% of families and 21.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.4% of those under age 18 and 8.5% of those age 65 or over.
- Ralph Ostling (1927–2009), Michigan State Representative
- "2017 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 25, 2012.
- "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved March 24, 2018.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Roscommon, Michigan
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
- Zip-Codes.com (2018). "Zip Code 48653, Roscommon, MI". Retrieved July 25, 2019.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Roscommon Post Office
- Michigan's Firemen’s Memorial Festival Committee (2019). "Michigan's Firemen's Memorial Festival". Retrieved July 25, 2019.
- "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on January 12, 2012. Retrieved November 25, 2012.
- Michigan Department of Natural Resources (2019). "Roscommon Red Pines". Retrieved July 26, 2019.
- "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.