Harrison, Michigan

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Harrison is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 2,108. It is the county seat of Clare County[3].

The city is named after U.S. President William Henry Harrison.

Harrison is near the junction of US 127 and M-61. US 127 actually bypasses the city on the east, though a business route serves the downtown area. Clare is 14 miles (23 km) south on US 127, while Grayling is 40 miles (64 km) to the north. Harrison is bordered along its eastern side by Budd Lake.



Harrison was originally founded as a lumber town, with sawmills located on the shores of Budd Lake. One of the lumber companies donated the land which is now Wilson State Park.[4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10.4 km²), of which, 3.7 square miles (9.7 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²) of it (6.97%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,108 people, 857 households, and 526 families residing in the city. The population density was 563.3 per square mile (217.6/km²). There were 1,187 housing units at an average density of 317.2/sq mi (122.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.78% White, 2.04% African American, 0.62% Native American, 0.71% Asian, 0.43% from other races, and 1.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.47% of the population.

There were 857 households out of which 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.0% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.6% were non-families. 35.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.83.

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