Fruitport, Michigan

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Fruitport is a village in Muskegon County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the village had a total population of 1,124. The community is located within Fruitport Charter Township.

Fruitport was founded by Edward L. Craw in 1868, who platted and named it as Crawville. It was renamed Fruitport a year later when the Pere Marquette Railroad built a station there, as the town was in the middle of a fertile fruit growing area and also a port. It incorporated as a village in 1891.[3]

In an election on November 8, 2005, 306 residents voted to dissolve the village municipal corporation, while 155 voted no. However, a 2/3 majority (308 votes) was needed to dissolve the village. This was the fourth time since 1979 that a proposal to dissolve the village was on the ballot for an election. In 1990, a proposal to disincorporate was defeated by a 2 to 1 margin while a proposal in 1998 failed by 41 votes.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.6 km²), of which, 0.9 square miles (2.4 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (6.93%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,124 people, 439 households, and 315 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,197.8 per square mile (461.7/km²). There were 467 housing units at an average density of 497.7/sq mi (191.8/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.04% White, 0.09% African American, 0.44% Native American, 0.62% Asian, 0.27% from other races, and 0.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.42% of the population.

There were 439 households out of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.9% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.2% were non-families. 24.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the village the population was spread out with 24.6% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 13.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 100.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.1 males.

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