Hastings, Michigan

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Hastings is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan, the county seat of Barry County as well as the county's only city.[3] The population was 7,095 at the 2000 census. The city borders Hastings Charter Township on the north, east, and south, and Rutland Charter Township on the west. It has been named "One of the best 100 small towns in America".

Hastings is part of the Grand Rapids-Wyoming metropolitan area.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.3 square miles (13.6 km²), of which, 5.2 square miles (13.6 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.38%) is water. The Thornapple River passes through the city from east to west.

Major highways

History

In 1836 three entrepreneurs named Dibble, Kingsbury and Kendall bought 480 acres (1.9 km2) along the Thornapple River from Detroit banker Eurotas P. Hastings. The three platted the area into lots, and soon a small community arose. In 1843, the state legislature designated Hastings as the County Seat of Barry County. The first paper, the Barry County Pioneer, began publishing in 1851, and a second paper, the Republican Banner, began in 1856. The latter publication, a weekly paper published on Thursdays, continues to be published as the Hastings Banner.

Hastings was incorporated as a village in 1855, with a population of around 300, and on March 11, 1871, officially become a city. The Barry County Courthouse, which is still in use today, was built in 1893. The city grew slowly, reaching 6,500 people in 1960 and remaining nearly flat through 1990.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 7,095 people, 2,759 households, and 1,826 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,353.3 per square mile (522.8/km²). There were 2,898 housing units at an average density of 552.8/sq mi (213.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.31% White, 0.14% African American, 0.47% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.58% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.14% of the population.

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