Baldwin, Michigan

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Baldwin is a village in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the village population was 1,107. It is the county seat of Lake County[3]. The village is located on the boundary between Webber Township on the north and Pleasant Plains Township on the south, with the larger portion lying in Pleasant Plains.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.3 km²), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,107 people, 397 households, and 183 families residing in the village. The population density was 873.2 per square mile (336.5/km²). There were 479 housing units at an average density of 377.8/sq mi (145.6/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 59.62% White, 34.33% African American, 1.36% Native American, 0.45% from other races, and 4.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.71% of the population.

There were 397 households out of which 26.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 27.0% were married couples living together, 17.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 53.9% were non-families. 49.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 27.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.12 and the average family size was 3.19.

In the village the population was spread out with 22.2% under the age of 18, 12.8% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 16.4% from 45 to 64, and 21.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 113.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 112.1 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $15,550, and the median income for a family was $22,857. Males had a median income of $26,042 versus $21,364 for females. The per capita income for the village was $9,619. About 32.0% of families and 35.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 44.7% of those under age 18 and 21.1% of those age 65 or over.

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Baldwin is primarily a tourist town. As such, much of its economy is based around the summer months. Lake County sports many lakes and rivers, as well as the vast wilderness of the Manistee National Forest. Many come to Baldwin on vacation to camp, canoe, fish, or hunt. Others come to take in some of the local festivities which include the annual Blessing of the Bikes (in which thousands of motorcyclists come from around the United States) and Troutarama, in which two of the biggest events are the annual parade and the Miss Lake County pageant.

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