Allen, Michigan

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Allen is a village in Hillsdale County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the village population was 225.

The village is within Allen Township at the junction of US 12 and M-49.



War of 1812 veteran Captain Moses Allen and his family settled here in 1827 in an area that became known as "Allen's Prairie". On July 13, 1830, a post office was established named "Sylvanus", due to being in a wooded area. The office closed on September 5, 1834, and was reestablished on September 9, 1835. It was renamed "Allen" in honor of Captain Allen on August 17, 1868. A plat for what was already a thriving village was also recorded in 1868. It was a station on the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway and incorporated as a village in 1950.[3][4][5]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 225 people, 87 households, and 58 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,470.7 per square mile (579.2/km²). There were 93 housing units at an average density of 607.9/sq mi (239.4/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.67% White, and 1.33% from two or more races.

There were 87 households out of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.5% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.2% were non-families. 28.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.1% 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 3.22.

In the village the population was spread out with 27.6% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 16.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.4 males.

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