Sanford, Michigan

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Sanford is a village in Midland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 943 at the 2000 census.

The founder's day parade is an important annual event in this old logging village along the Tittabawassee River.

In 1864, Charles Sanford, of Madison County, New York, purchased 213 acres (0.9 km²) of land where the village is now located, along with 1,000 acres (4 km²) of pine land. The site was first known as the "Salt-Spring Reserve", and was the location of the first salt well in the state. Douglass Houghton, the state surveyor and geologist, supervised sinking the shaft of the well. Charles Sanford moved there in May 1864. He platted the village in 1870. Romig identifies Jay F. Hamilton as the first postmaster of Sanfordville on June 23, 1871, while the Portrait and biographical album of Midland county, Mich. lists Phineas Hamilton as the first postmaster. The name was shortened to "Sanford" on July 13, 1871. Also in 1871, the Pere Marquette Railroad built a station in Sanford.

In 1982, Sanford voters approved repealing its 1963 village charter and become part of Jerome Township, but a Michigan court overturned the election results because it should have been presented as one proposal instead of two.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.5 square miles (4.0 km²), of which, 1.3 square miles (3.3 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²) of it is water. The water area is made up of the Tittabawassee River and Sanford Lake which run through the middle of the town.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 943 people, 382 households, and 260 families residing in the village. The population density was 742.1 per square mile (286.7/km²). There were 407 housing units at an average density of 320.3/sq mi (123.7/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.20% White, 0.21% African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.64% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.38% of the population.

There were 382 households out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.7% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.9% were non-families. 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.02.

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