Carleton, Michigan

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Carleton is a village in Northern Monroe County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 2,562 at the 2000 census. The village is located within Ash Township and is served by Airport Community Schools.



Carleton, which was named after popular Michigan poet Will Carleton (1845-1912), was plated in 1872 by Daniel Matthews and incorporated into a village in 1911. Primarily an agricultural community with an operating grain elevator, the village also contains several small businesses and restaurants.[3]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.0 square mile (2.6 km²), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,562 people, 998 households, and 677 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,577.3 per square mile (999.2/km²). There were 1,061 housing units at an average density of 1,067.3/sq mi (413.8/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.72% White, 0.04% African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.31% from other races, and 2.26% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.87% of the population.

There were 998 households out of which 35.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.1% were non-families. 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the village, the population was spread out with 28.4% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 30.5% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 10.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 97.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.0 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $44,205, and the median income for a family was $50,000. Males had a median income of $41,289 versus $26,531 for females. The per capita income for the village was $20,394. About 9.6% of families and 10.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.2% of those under age 18 and 13.1% of those age 65 or over.

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