Gobles, Michigan

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Gobles is a city in Van Buren County of the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 815. It was originally called Gobleville, after its founders, the Goble family.



1n 1864-1865, John Goble built a hotel at this location. In 1870 it was platted as Gobleville by Hiram E. Goble. Hiram Goble also became the first postmaster on April 16, 1872. Gobleville was platted as a village in 1893. The current name of Gobles was adopted on April 10, 1922. Gobles was incorporated as a city in 1957.[3]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.7 km²), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 815 people, 314 households, and 209 families residing in the city. The population density was 786.9 per square mile (302.6/km²). There were 333 housing units at an average density of 321.5/sq mi (123.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.11% White, 1.84% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 1.10% from other races, and 2.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.33% of the population.

There were 314 households out of which 35.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.9% were married couples living together, 16.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.4% were non-families. 28.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.0% 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 3.13.

In the city the population was spread out with 30.6% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 29.2% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 81.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,917, and the median income for a family was $33,194. Males had a median income of $31,250 versus $21,818 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,804. About 16.4% of families and 18.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.0% of those under age 18 and 17.8% of those age 65 or over.


The popular Kal-Haven Trail, which runs from Kalamazoo to South Haven, Michigan, goes through the city's business district. Gobles is also home to Timber Ridge Ski Area.

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