Carson City, Michigan

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Carson City is a city in Montcalm County of the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 1,191.

Carson City was first platted in 1866 on land owned by R. M. Abbott, Delia Miner, and Hiram T. Sherman and recorded in 1871. The first lot was sold to Thomas Scott and two nephews, John and Thomas LaDue in 1867. With the corporate name Scott & LaDue, they built a sawmill in 1868 and a grist mill in 1870. The post office from North Shade in Gratiot County was transferred here on August 3, 1868, with Hiram T. Sherman as the first postmaster. The name Carson City was given to the post office by Thomas Scott, who had been in Carson City, Nevada, during the gold and silver mining boom days. Carson City incorporated as a village in 1887 and as a city in 1960.The first mayor of Carson city was John T Hallett.[3]

The Carson City post office, with ZIP code 48811, serves most of Bloomer Township and southern portions of Crystal Township in Montcalm County and the western portions of North Shade Township and southwestern New Haven Township in Gratiot County.[4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.9 km²), of which, 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²) of it is land and 1.37% is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,190 people, 496 households, and 312 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,670.8 per square mile (647.1/km²). There were 532 housing units at an average density of 746.9/sq mi (289.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.04% White, 0.50% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 2.10% from other races, and 1.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.54% of the population.

There were 496 households out of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.6% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.9% were non-families. 32.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.4% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 15.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 82.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,500, and the median income for a family was $41,477. Males had a median income of $31,442 versus $28,472 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,178. About 11.7% of families and 15.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.2% of those under age 18 and 12.9% of those age 65 or over.

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