Maple Rapids, Michigan

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Maple Rapids is a village in Clinton County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 643 at the 2000 census.

The village is in Essex Township in the northern part of the county. It is about 10 miles northeast of St. Johns, although the trip is longer as there are no direct routes.



In the early 19th-century Maple Rapids was a site where Maketoquit and his large band of Ottawa processed maple sugar, although their main base was further east in modern Shiawassee County, Michigan. It was named after the rapids on the Maple River by George Campau, (brother of Louis, founder of Grand Rapids), in 1826 when he built a trading post here. In 1852, William Hewett built a dam, a sawmill and a store, platted the land and became the first postmaster. The town was incorporated as a village in 1881 during the lumber boom.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.7 km²), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 643 people, 246 households, and 175 families residing in the village. The population density was 456.0 per square mile (176.1/km²). There were 262 housing units at an average density of 185.8/sq mi (71.7/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 99.22% White, 0.31% Native American, 0.31% from other races, and 0.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.47% of the population.

There were 246 households out of which 36.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.7% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.5% were non-families. 24.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the village the population was spread out with 28.9% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 30.9% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 10.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 98.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.8 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $33,036, and the median income for a family was $40,625. Males had a median income of $34,063 versus $23,333 for females. The per capita income for the village was $14,190. About 13.0% of families and 14.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.7% of those under age 18 and 16.7% of those age 65 or over.

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