Dansville, Michigan

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Dansville is a village in Ingham Township, Ingham County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It lies 22 miles (35 km) southeast of downtown Lansing, Michigan's capital city. The population was 429 at the 2000 census.



Dansville is a small village, with much of its economy based on agriculture. While the village is in close proximity to the state capital and Michigan State University, it has seen little commercial development over its history. The small town's economy is supported primarily by small business, agriculture research and production. The town's school district draws students from an extended range. However, most of the district is rural and the school maintains small class sizes.


The area that is now the village of Dansville was originally settled by Samuel Crossman in 1844, who like many settlers at the time, had come from the state of New York in search of a new life. Samuel Crossman's son, Daniel Crossman, officially platted the village in 1857, naming it after himself and the village's first postmaster, Dr. Daniel T. Weston. The settlement wasn't actually incorporated as a village until 1867.


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


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 429 people, 142 households, and 111 families residing in the village. The population density was 429.0 per square mile (165.6/km²). There were 148 housing units at an average density of 148.0/sq mi (57.1/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 95.80% White, 0.23% African American, 0.93% Native American, 0.70% Asian, 1.63% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.26% of the population.

There were 142 households out of which 47.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.3% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.8% were non-families. 17.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.98 and the average family size was 3.40.

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