Casnovia, Michigan

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Casnovia is a village in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is situated on the boundary between Muskegon County and Kent County and lies partially within both. As of the 2000 census, the village population was 315. The village is located partially within the Casnovia Township, Michigan.

Casnovia is believed to be the only place on Earth with that name, now or at any time in the past. The name is a distortion of the settlement's original name, Casanova Town, founded by Jedediah Craw in 1852. Craw was a Mormon with four wives, all teenagers at the time of his arrival in the area. The name Casanova Town was most likely bestowed on Craw's compound by neighbors, as a reference to his polygamous lifestyle. The settlement grew along what is now Ball Creek, and took the name Casnovia in 1861.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km²), all land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 315 people, 122 households, and 91 families residing in the village. The population density was 287.6 per square mile (110.6/km²). There were 126 housing units at an average density of 115.0/sq mi (44.2/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.73% White, 0.32% Native American, and 0.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.32% of the population.

There were 122 households out of which 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.7% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.4% were non-families. 19.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the village the population was spread out with 25.4% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 33.3% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 10.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 107.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.2 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $42,019, and the median income for a family was $47,188. Males had a median income of $36,563 versus $26,250 for females. The per capita income for the village was $18,962. About 1.2% of families and 4.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.8% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over.

Evacuation

On July 18, 2007, WZZM 13 News reported that an evacuation of the town was underway because of what Muskegon County Dispatch referred to as "safety concerns." It was later reported that the evacuation was because of a bomb threat.

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