Grass Lake, Michigan

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Grass Lake is a village in Jackson County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,082 at the 2000 census.

In 1842 the Michigan Central Railroad bypassed the original village and built a depot 1.5 miles (2.4 km) to the west. The village was relocated to this new location - its current location - to be closer to the rail depot.

Grass Lake was named for the shallow, marshy lake just to its north.

Today the greater Grass Lake area includes the Village of Grass Lake, Grass Lake Township, and parts of the Waterloo Recreational Area north of I-94.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.5 km²), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,082 people, 421 households residing in the village. The population density was 1,124.2 per square mile (435.2/km²). There were 436 housing units at an average density of 453.0/sq mi (175.4/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.80% White, 0.28% African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.18% Asian, and 0.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.65% of the population.

There were 421 households out of which 36.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.4% were married couples living together, 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.2% were non-families. 25.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% 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 3.06.

In the village the population was spread out with 26.9% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 32.6% from 25 to 44, 18.3% from 45 to 64, and 13.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 97.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.3 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $45,078, and the median income for a family was $52,143.About 2.2% of families and 4.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.5% of those under age 18 and 4.0% of those age 65 or over.


Downtown Grass Lake, Michigan Ave., facing east

Downtown Grass Lake, Michigan Ave., facing west

Michigan Central Railroad Depot

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