Britton, Michigan

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Britton is a village in Lenawee County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 699 at the 2000 census. The village is located within Ridgeway Township.



The village of Britton was originally called Balch and was established after the Wabash Railroad built a station there in 1881 and a post office opened on August 13, 1881. In 1888, a local storekeeper in charge of the post office named John Britton, paid $500 to have the town renamed after himself.[citation needed] The post office name was changed from Balch to Britton on April 13, 1888.[3]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km²), all land. Britton is located on the M-50, about nine miles (14 km) northeast of Adrian, along a line of the Norfolk Southern Railway. The main industries are agriculture and small business.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 699 people, 261 households, and 196 families residing in the village. The population density was 799.6 per square mile (310.2/km²). There were 268 housing units at an average density of 306.6/sq mi (118.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.71% White, 0.72% African American, 0.14% Asian, 0.72% from other races, and 0.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.43% of the population.

There were 261 households out of which 42.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.0% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.9% were non-families. 21.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the village the population was spread out with 29.8% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 18.7% from 45 to 64, and 10.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 98.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.4 males.

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