Benzonia, Michigan

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Benzonia is a village in Benzie County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 519 at the 2000 census. The village is located within Benzonia Township at the southeast end of Crystal Lake on U.S. Highway 31 at the junction with M-115 west.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.7 km²), all land.


Benzonia began in 1858 as an educational Christian colony on the model of Oberlin, Ohio. Its founding was under the leadership of Charles E. Bailey. In 1863 Grand Traverse College was chartered and began here. It was renamed Benzonia College in 1891. In 1900 it became an academy which continued to function until 1918 when it was closed.[3]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 519 people, 211 households, and 128 families residing in the village. The population density was 488.2 per square mile (189.0/km²). There were 254 housing units at an average density of 238.9/sq mi (92.5/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 93.45% White, 0.39% African American, 3.08% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 0.19% Pacific Islander, 0.96% from other races, and 1.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.89% of the population.

There were 211 households out of which 25.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.5% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.3% were non-families. 33.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the village the population was spread out with 21.0% under the age of 18, 10.4% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 20.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 100.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.0 males.

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