Mecosta, Michigan

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Mecosta is a village in Mecosta County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 440 at the 2000 census. The village is within Morton Township. Mecosta Township, which is also in Mecosta county, is located several miles to the west.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.1 square miles (3.0 km²), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 440 people, 167 households, and 112 families residing in the village. The population density was 384.7 per square mile (149.0/km²). There were 200 housing units at an average density of 174.8/sq mi (67.7/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 88.18% White, 2.27% African American, 0.45% Native American, 1.36% from other races, and 7.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.73% of the population.

There were 167 households out of which 34.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.9% were married couples living together, 19.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.9% were non-families. 28.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the village the population was spread out with 31.6% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 18.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 111.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.7 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $32,857, and the median income for a family was $30,208. Males had a median income of $28,125 versus $22,500 for females. The per capita income for the village was $14,620. About 17.3% of families and 17.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.0% of those under age 18 and 12.1% of those age 65 or over.

Notable residents

Mecosta was home to American political theorist, historian, social critic, literary critic, and fiction author Russell Kirk. Kirk resided at Piety Hill, currently the location of the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal.[3]


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