Vandercook Lake, Michigan

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Vandercook Lake, Michigan
Census-designated place (CDP) & Unincorporated community
Location of Vandercook Lake, Michigan
Location of Vandercook Lake, Michigan
Coordinates: 42°11′36″N 84°23′28″W / 42.19333°N 84.39111°W / 42.19333; -84.39111Coordinates: 42°11′36″N 84°23′28″W / 42.19333°N 84.39111°W / 42.19333; -84.39111
Country United States
State Michigan
County Jackson
Township Summit
 • Total 4.7 sq mi (12.3 km2)
 • Land 4.6 sq mi (11.8 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)
Elevation[1] 974 ft (297 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,721
 • Density 1,000/sq mi (380/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 49203 (Jackson)
FIPS code 26-81740[2]
GNIS feature ID 1615507[1]

Vandercook Lake is an unincorporated community in Summit Township, Jackson County, Michigan. It is also a census-designated place (CDP) for statistical purposes and without any legal status as an incorporated municipality. The population of the CDP was 4,809 at the 2000 census.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 4.8 square miles (12 km2), of which 4.6 square miles (12 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (4.00%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 4,809 people, 1,847 households, and 1,346 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,054.1 per square mile (407.2/km²). There were 1,935 housing units at an average density of 424.2 per square mile (163.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 96.13% White, 1.19% Black or African American, 0.54% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.56% from other races, and 1.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.39% of the population.

There were 1,847 households out of which 34.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.6% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.1% were non-families. 23.6% 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 2.60 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 27.2% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 93.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.5 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $40,238, and the median income for a family was $49,115. Males had a median income of $36,555 versus $25,222 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $17,359. About 3.7% of families and 5.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.3% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over.

School district[edit]

Vandercook Lake is served by the Vandercook Lake Public Schools district,[3] which includes

  • Vandercook Lake High/Middle School
  • Townsend Elementary School - Now used for child care, preschool and grades K-5.
  • McDevitt School - No longer in use and is now a vacant building.

The high school mascot is the Jayhawk. The district's sports teams also use the nickname "Vandy" on uniforms and in cheers.


Vandercook Lake County Park is a 17-acre park that includes a swim area, 3 ball diamonds, a boat launch, playground area, fishing area, grills, 2 picnic shelters and modern restrooms. Quiet World Sports operates a kayak livery from the park.


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